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‘Sweets and Treats’

The Pulaski County Christmas Store is gearing up for a delectable fundraiser, called "Sweets and Treats."
Sweets and Treats will feature musical performances from local and guest performers, along with dessert served during intermission.
This event is set for Sunday, August 23 in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Third Street in Pulaski.
Funds raised from this event will help the Pulaski County Christmas Store purchase Christmas gifts for children in need throughout Pulaski County.
Since 2004, the Pulaski County Christmas store has served 4,003 children in Pulaski County.
On the evening of August 23, starting at 5 p.m., guests will hear performances by Lea-ann Dunbar and Allan Bergius of Munich, Germany.
Dunbar grew up in Beaufort, S.C., as a member of a musical family. She studied voice and German at St. Olaf College where she graduated with honors in 1997. While at St. Olaf, she gave her opera debut as Cunnegonde in Bernstein’s “Candide.”
Her vocal studies continued as a Rotary Fellow at the Music Conservatory in Lübeck, Germany, where she participated in numerous opera productions, concerts, and CD recordingswith the “Young Opera Lübeck.”
Dunbar’s professional career began at the age of 25 with full-time contracts at the opera companies Hildesheim and Krefeld successively. Over six seasons she performed in 22 different roles including Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni,” Pamina in the “Magic Flute,” Mimi in “La Boheme,” Sister Hubert in “Nunsense,” and the title role in “Lucia di Lammermoor.” For her portrayal of Mimi, she was nominated as “young singer of the year 2005” in Germany’s leading opera magazine “Opernwelt.” She was also honoured by her audiences with an award for “extraordinary artistic achievement” and as “singer of the year.”
Dunbar now works as a free-lance artist and performs with opera companies throughout Germany. In addition to her performances on the opera stage, concerts have taken her to Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich, as well as to Great Britain and Festival Musica Mallorca. As for Bergius, he was born and raised in Munich, Germany, in a family of musicians. As a boy soprano he performed at numerous leading opera houses in Europe under conductors such as Karajan, Sawallisch and Harnnoncourt.
At the age of 11, he toured with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Leonard Bernstein as the soloist in Mahler’s 4th Symphony, singing at Carnegie Hall in New York and La Scala in Milan, among other places. Two years later he founded a youth orchestra that he conducted for the next seven years in performances throughout Germany and Europe.
Bergius completed degrees in cello performance and conducting at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and he has won numerous competitions as a cellist and conductor.
Along with the guest performance by Dunbar and Bergius, other performances will be given by local musicians, including the Celtic Harp group with Sandy Dawson and friends, Marva Hickman, and the New River Valley Community Chorus Quartet, featuring Lisa Kegley, B. J. “Bucky” Lawson, Doug Lindamood and Lynn Loftus and pianist Valerie Cash.
Dr. Don Stowers will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.
According to event organizers, this will be the first of what is hoped to be an annual event.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by contacting Sally McCarthy at (540) 980-6962 or any board member of the Pulaski County Christmas Store, or by mail to the Pulaski County Christmas Store, P. O. Box 2464, Pulaski, Virginia, 24301. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple.

‘Sweets and Treats’

The Pulaski County Christmas Store is gearing up for a delectable fundraiser, called "Sweets and Treats."
Sweets and Treats will feature musical performances from local and guest performers, along with dessert served during intermission.
This event is set for Sunday, August 23 in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Third Street in Pulaski.
Funds raised from this event will help the Pulaski County Christmas Store purchase Christmas gifts for children in need throughout Pulaski County.
Since 2004, the Pulaski County Christmas store has served 4,003 children in Pulaski County.
On the evening of August 23, starting at 5 p.m., guests will hear performances by Lea-ann Dunbar and Allan Bergius of Munich, Germany.
Dunbar grew up in Beaufort, S.C., as a member of a musical family. She studied voice and German at St. Olaf College where she graduated with honors in 1997. While at St. Olaf, she gave her opera debut as Cunnegonde in Bernstein’s “Candide.”
Her vocal studies continued as a Rotary Fellow at the Music Conservatory in Lübeck, Germany, where she participated in numerous opera productions, concerts, and CD recordingswith the “Young Opera Lübeck.”
Dunbar’s professional career began at the age of 25 with full-time contracts at the opera companies Hildesheim and Krefeld successively. Over six seasons she performed in 22 different roles including Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni,” Pamina in the “Magic Flute,” Mimi in “La Boheme,” Sister Hubert in “Nunsense,” and the title role in “Lucia di Lammermoor.” For her portrayal of Mimi, she was nominated as “young singer of the year 2005” in Germany’s leading opera magazine “Opernwelt.” She was also honoured by her audiences with an award for “extraordinary artistic achievement” and as “singer of the year.”
Dunbar now works as a free-lance artist and performs with opera companies throughout Germany. In addition to her performances on the opera stage, concerts have taken her to Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich, as well as to Great Britain and Festival Musica Mallorca. As for Bergius, he was born and raised in Munich, Germany, in a family of musicians. As a boy soprano he performed at numerous leading opera houses in Europe under conductors such as Karajan, Sawallisch and Harnnoncourt.
At the age of 11, he toured with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Leonard Bernstein as the soloist in Mahler’s 4th Symphony, singing at Carnegie Hall in New York and La Scala in Milan, among other places. Two years later he founded a youth orchestra that he conducted for the next seven years in performances throughout Germany and Europe.
Bergius completed degrees in cello performance and conducting at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and he has won numerous competitions as a cellist and conductor.
Along with the guest performance by Dunbar and Bergius, other performances will be given by local musicians, including the Celtic Harp group with Sandy Dawson and friends, Marva Hickman, and the New River Valley Community Chorus Quartet, featuring Lisa Kegley, B. J. “Bucky” Lawson, Doug Lindamood and Lynn Loftus and pianist Valerie Cash.
Dr. Don Stowers will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.
According to event organizers, this will be the first of what is hoped to be an annual event.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by contacting Sally McCarthy at (540) 980-6962 or any board member of the Pulaski County Christmas Store, or by mail to the Pulaski County Christmas Store, P. O. Box 2464, Pulaski, Virginia, 24301. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple.