Piedmont College artist-in-residence Astolfi releases recordings of new piano compositions

Dr. Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi

New England-based PARMA Recordings on March 10 will release an album of new solo piano works by six modern composers, all performed by Piedmont College artist-in-residence Dr. Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi.

Astolfi said the album, titled “Wisconsin Soundscapes,” is the culmination of a collaborative project with the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, which resulted in the creation of six new works for piano by Geoffrey Gordon, Joseph Koykkar, Ryan Maguire, Joel Naumann, Yehuda Yannay, and Donald J. Young. The project was supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board and several institutions within the University of Wisconsin System. Dr. Ed Martin, Vice President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, served as the project manager.

“I am honored to have collaborated with the many people involved, including the six outstanding composers,” Astolfi said. “Each of the new pieces was based on a composer-chosen Wisconsin theme, which resulted in a wonderfully colorful and diverse variety of music.”

Originally from Canada, Astolfi has served on the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and at Henderson State University. She also frequently serves as a piano clinician, coach, and master class instructor. An active member in various local, state, and national music associations, she currently serves on the governing board of PianoArts, a North American piano competition, festival, and fellowship organization.

The recordings can be ordered from Amazon and iTunes, or from Ravello Records at www.ravellorecords.com/catalog/rr7903 on the Ravello Records website.


Georgia’s Newest State Historic Site Opens in March

SAUTEE NACOOCHEE, GA., February 26, 2015 — Georgia’s newest state historic site, Hardman Farm in White County, opens for tours March 5. The beloved landmark in north Georgia is best recognized for its gazebo-topped Indian mound and field of black-and-white cows. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the main house and dairy barn. The elegant home features an especially nice 19th century parlor, and many furnishings are original, including lighting fixtures.

The farm’s main house, built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee valley. The last owner was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman who was Georgia’s governor from 1927-1931. The property was preserved by the Hardman family for many years and donated to the state in 1999. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been restoring the property and several buildings.

Hardman Farm is open for guided tours Thursdays through Sundays at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 706-878-1077. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older, and $7 for children. Group tours are available by advance reservation.

Hardman Farm is located at the intersection of Hwys. 17 and 75. The entrance is on Hwy. 75 just north of the intersection. To learn more, visit www.GaStateParks.org/hardmanfarm or call 706-878-1077.



This March, which is celebrated nationwide as Red Cross Month, a group of local “Heroes” is working hard to help the Red Cross continue its services in the Northwest Georgia communities. “Heroes” in Floyd, Gordon and Bartow Counties will be canvassing the area for volunteer fundraisers and donations to support Red Cross services.

For many years, volunteers with the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia have been heroes to thousands of people throughout the area, lending aid during times of disaster, supporting military families and training citizens in lifesaving CPR and first aid skills.  The Hero fundraising campaign is being chaired this year by Amy Delaney and Sam Thomas, both of Calhoun.  If you would like to volunteer as a “Hero” fundraiser, you can contact the chapter or one of three team captains; Gordon County Team Captain – Angela Hammond of Century Bank of Georgia; Floyd County Team Captain – Kaytlin Greenley of Coosa Valley Credit Union and Bartow County Team Captain – Erick Housch of United Community Bank of Adairsville.  At the end of the Heroes Campaign, the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia will be recognizing community heroes in several categories at our First Annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on April 2nd.  If you would to nominate someone as a community hero, please use the nomination form or contact the chapter at 844-536-6226 or via email at Jeffrey.putnam@redcross.org.  Nominations are due no later than March 6th.

“Heroes for the American Red Cross” is a grassroots campaign where local business people, school groups, church groups, civic clubs, and individuals pledge to raise $1000 for their local Red Cross chapter. This year, the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia hopes to raise $50,000 during this campaign to support Red Cross services including disaster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications, first aid and CPR training and disaster preparedness information for our community. All money raised will support your neighbors throughout Northwest Georgia.  Currently the “Heroes for the American Red Cross” is being sponsored by Mohawk Industries, State Mutual Insurance, Nance Industries, Midland Communications, Inc. and the Cherokee Capital Fair Association.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross