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different rhythms going at once. There’s one part where the clocks go totally nuts. Lambert and I inhale at the start and don’t breathe for the next 16 minutes.” The recital, which is one of the premiere events at the Opening Nights Performing Arts festival, will also feature works by Mozart, Camille Saint-Saëns and the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. “This is the 40th anniversary of when I began performing professionally, so I wanted to bring back some pieces that I really liked,” said Mutter, who has won four Grammy Awards during her career. “It’s a very varied program.” “She does not come to the states very often,” Opening Nights director Christopher Heacox said. “So this is rare.” The stops on Mutter’s six-city North American tour includethe Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Symphony Hall in Boston, Folly Theater in Kansas City and Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. That last date marks her debut at FSU, and she’s bringing along a powerful musical weapon. Mutter owns two Stradivarius violins. One is called The Emiliani and was made in 1703. When she arrives in Tallahassee, she will perform with the Lord Dunn-Raven Stradivarius from 1710. “It’s a wonderful instrument. It’s perfect, even if the player isn’t,” Mutter said. “It’s very fast and it has wonderful colors. And after I die, it will be called The Ex- Mutter Stradivarius.” The violinist began laughing and then jokingly corrected herself. “Actually, there will be two Ex-Mutter Stradivarius violins in the world,” she said. “It will give me something to think about while I’m on my deathbed.” While she is still in the earthly realm, though, Mutter will conduct a master class with FSU music students at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the rehearsal room at Westcott 060. The public is welcome to observe. When asked if she enjoys teaching, the quick-witted Mutter said, “Well, it depends on who the pupils are.” Florida State violinist and assistant music professor Shannon Thomas said she is eagerly waiting for Mutter’s visit. “When I was a student, I devoured Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recordings and definitely looked up to her as a violinist and performer. I still do,” Thomas said. “She is an incredibly virtuosic performer who plays with beauty and ease. I’m thrilled that she is going to be on FSU’s campus to perform and work with our students, too; it will be an unforgettable experience.” Mutter and Orkis have been working together since 1988. She described his bold playing ability as sounding “like you have an orchestra to your left. He really puts the pedal to the metal.” Their synergy will be on full display at Opening Nights during Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major K. 526. “It’s one of the pieces where the violin and piano are on a high level of conversation,” Mutter said. “It was written during Mozart’s later years when he really brought the violin up to eye level.” Violinist Continued from Page 1A If you go What: Opening Nights Performing Arts presents Anne- Sophie Mutter When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Ruby Diamond Concert Hall Cost: $15, $75, $85, $95 Contact: 644-6500 or visit www.openingnights.fsu.edu TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT » MONDAY,APRIL3,2017 » 5A NEWS/OBITUARIES JennieGaberWilliamsonpassedawaypeacefull y inherTallahasseehomeonApril1,2017surround- edbyclosefriends.ShewasbornAugust6,1923in NewYorkCity,thedaughterofJulius GaberandSarahSherGaber.Jennie w asthewidowofCapt.LeslieJWil- liamson,USCGRetired,whoprede- ceasedherin2010.Herparentsand herbrother,Dr.JGaber,ofBaltimore MDalsopredeceasedher.Twonieces survive,JaneandLiciaGaberofBalti- moreMD. JennieandCapt.Williamsonweremarriedin1961 attheUSCoastGuardAcademy,wherehegraduated , andspentmanyyearsinservicetotheCoastGuard invariouslocations,includingCurtisBay,Baltimore andNewYorkCity.JenniealsoworkedfortheCoas t GuardandtheSocialSecurityAdministrationasa Secretaryfrom1947to1961atwhichtimeshere- tiredtoperformthedutiesofaCoastGuardwife. Jenniegraduatedintheclassof1942fromEast- ernHighSchoolinBaltimoreMDandlaterattended theMcCoyCollege–JohnsHopkinsUniversity.To- gethertheymovedtoTallahasseein1976inthehome theyhadbuiltandinwhichtheybothliveduntilthei r passing.Theywereveryactiveinvariousorganiza- tionsincludingtheElksCllub,thewoodworkingclub inwhichCapt.Williamsonwasveryengaged,build- ingawardwinningfurnitureandotherobjects.He w onmanymedalsattheStatefairandhisawesome designsandcreationshavenoequal.Theyattended KillearnUnitedMethodistChurchwheretheymade manyfriends. Jennieissurvivedbyherclosefriends,Barbara W ithersandDanielWithers,JoseAlicia(Pipin)and CarmenCastroandherlovingcaregiversJuliaMc- Neil,CharlotteCromartie,TemikaPenn,TanyaMc- GriffandThelmaJackson.Wearegratefulfortheex- cellentcareshereceivedfromDr.SatishMitalandhis staff,aswellastheBigBendHospice. AvisitationandservicewillbeheldatCulley’s MeadowWoodFuneralHome,TimberlaneRoad , at1o’clockpmThursday,April6,2017,followedb y aserviceat2pm.Therewillbeareceptionfollowin g theservice. JennieWilliamson LaDonna Marleen Christopher, age 64, o f Douglas, Georgia passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017. Survivors include he r husband, Glenn Christopher, her children; LaDonna Brown, Joe T omberlin, and Lance T omberlin as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:30am at Bevis Funeral Home, 2710 N . Monroe St. Tallahassee w ith a memorial service to follow at 11:00am. Scotti Th ompson is assisting the Christophe r family with their fi nal arrangements. (www.bevis- fh.com 850-385-2193) LaDonna Marleen Christopher Christopher , LaDonna Marleen age 64, of Tallahassee, March 29, 2017, Bevis Funeral Home Davis , Hoke age 88, of Perry, April 1, 2017, Burns Funeral Homes of Perry Gaskins , Mitchell age 33, of Mayo, March 31, 2017, Burns Funeral Homes of Mayo Kelly , Colin age 75, of Perry, March 31, 2017, Burns Funeral Home of Perry Williams , Janie age 89, of Perry, April 1, 2017, Joe P. Burns Funeral Home Williamson , Jennie “M” Gaber age 93, of Tallahassee, April 1, 2017, Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home Death Notices Mrs.JanieLouSlaughterWilliams,knownas“Sis- ter”toherfamily,89,passedawaypeacefullyonApril 1,2017athomeinPerry,FL.JaniewasbornDecem- ber7,1927inLakeBird,Floridato J ohnOwenSlaughterandMaryEath- erMathisSlaughter. Mrs.WilliamswasoftheMethod- istfaithandwasachartermember ofGraceUnitedMethodistChurch. J anieworkedinAdministrationwith BuckeyeCellulosefor25yearsretir- ingin1987.ShetaughtSundayschool, w asaGirlScoutleader,andwasanaviddoglover.In hersparetime,shelikedtosew,canfruitsandvegeta- blesandcheerontheFloridaGators.Mrs.Williams ’ greatestjoywasraisingherchildrenandhelpingto raiseanddoteongrandchildrenandgreatgrandchil- dren.Hergenerositywashercallingcardandshelef t alastingimpressiononeverypersonthatcrossedhe r path.Everywhereshewenttherewaslaughter,love andsunshine. JaniewasprecededtoheavenbyherhusbandMr . EdJ.Williams,hersonEdwardsMylesWilliams,and herbrothers,VeltonSlaughter,FloydSlaughter,and M.John“Curlee”Slaughter. Mrs.Williams?memoryiscarriedonbyherchil- drenSherriLaineJones(John)andAmandaNie- sen(Vinny);herbelovedgrandchildren,BlakeJones (Runningdeer),CadeJones(Sheena),BlairJones (Laura),MattNiesen(Allie),andMandyNiesen; hergreatgrandchildren,HaleyJones,PresleyJones , LandonJones,andKennedyClaireJones,aswellasa hostofniecesandnephews. FuneralServiceswillbeheldonTuesday,April4 , 2017at2:00PMatFirstUnitedMethodistChurch ofPerrywithBro.JamesTaylorandChaplainAnd y Creelofficiating.Intermentserviceswillfollowim- mediatelyafterwardsinPineviewMemorialCeme- tery.Thefamilywillreceivefriendsfrom6:00PMto 8:00PMonMonday,April3,2017atFirstUnited MethodistChurchofPerry.Allarrangementsareun- derthedirectionofBurnsFuneralHomeofPerry. Weloveyou,anddon’tyouforgetit. Youmaysigntheonlineguestregistryatwww.joep burnsfuneralhomes.com JanieWilliams Make charitable donations. tallahassee.com/obituaries View Florida’s comprehensive list of death notices and obituraries. Visit Tallahassee.com/obituaries to see a comprehensive list of Florida’s obituaries. Send share your memories Express your condolences in our guestbook at: www.tallahassee.com/obit OBITUARY POLICY The Tallahassee Democrat does not charge for a standard death notice. An extended obituary is available for a charge. The Tallahassee Democrat reserves the right to republish all obituaries. Obituaries and photographs submitted to the Tallahassee Democrat may be published, distributed, re-purposed and otherwise used in print, electronic and other media platforms. Deadline for publication for the following day is 2:30 p.m. After that time no new submissions, changes or cancellations may be made. LOBBY HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm CALL CENTER HOURS: Monday - Sunday 8:30am - 6:00pm Email obituaries to obitstd@tallahassee.com. For more information on placing an obituary, please contact the obituary team at 888-516-0060. have a similar mandatory recess policy, and recess legislation has been backed by organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Diabetes Association. Scott Mazur, who heads the Leon Classroom Teachers Association, thanked the district both for drafting the policy and for including a provision that puts some decision-making power in teachers’ hands. “I think one of the things this really requires is, as we allow 20 minutes to be taken from the instructional time, that we understand planning time is going to be important to make our lessons as student-centered as possible,” Mazur said. “So that we can still meet the needs, not of testing, but of standards.” One parent who spoke at last week’s board meeting, however, said she is uncomfortable with the wording, which puts recess at the teacher’s discretion. The parent, whose child attends Hartsfield Elementary, said her child missed recess recently because a substitute teacher complained of the cold outside. Marie-Claire Leman, who leads the Title I Advisory Council that advises the school board, had her own account of her child’s recess being taken away as a privilege. Leman, who is also the parent of an LCS student, said her daughter recently brought home a test, and said if she did not bring it back to her teacher signed by a parent, she would not have recess the following day. “Our teachers in some schools have been, for too long, in a culture where recess can be taken away for academic and behavioral reasons,” Leman said. Leman said she is a supporter of the policy, and thanked the board for focusing on the issue. There was an overwhelming show of support for the policy’s adoption, including among board members. Board member Rosanne Wood, who has backed the policy from its beginning stages, said she is happy to see it coming to fruition. “My take on it is, the research basically says this: When kids have been concentrating hard on work, if they take an unstructured break to play, it sort of resets their brains. So when they come back to their school work, they can refocus.” Superintendent Rocky Hanna offered his support for the policy as well. “We are more than test scores, our kids are more than data points, and they have to have that physical activity,” Hanna said. “We need to let kids be kids.” Recess Continued from Page 1A “Our teachers in some schools have been, for too long, in a culture where recess can be taken away for academic and behavioral reasons.” MARIE-CLAIRE LEMAN, WHO LEADS TITLE I ADVISORY COUNCIL Workers, you’ve done your part. It’s now on me. Ineed to get through a legislative session to focus on your tips. Yes, I do know the annual legislative session is not a dark swan — an unknowable obstacle that suddenly appeared. It happens every year around springtime. It’s fair to ask why start a project that would immediately take a back seat — a stunning example of what Dad would have called a“clown” move. His description of someone good at getting people riled up and then stepping back to enjoy the entertainment. No, no, no. That’s not what’s going on, Devil Dog, Paul and a couple of others suspecting Iwrite a good game but when it comes to time to make the play I look like the 1962 New York Mets. Iwasn’t prepared for the response. This was supposed to be a troubleshooter project. You know, like, “Help, I’m having trouble getting my pension/vacation/bonus pay processed.” Instead, I’ve come full circle. I started my journalism career with a yearlong investigative report on child abuse in Ohio for the Kiplinger Foundation. Twenty years later the kids have grown up and now they are workers for the state of Florida, and here I am focusing on a scared population of people who feel abused, rejected and unappreciated. One of the people who convinced me this project has evolved into something different than first imagined was a man named Mike. Mike tore my heart out while I drove home one night along Centerville Road. He works 40 hours for the state and 30 hours in retail and is at wit’s end. He’s not “making it.” Mike had just one question after confirming I was “that reporter guy.” “Why do they hate us?” he asked referring to lawmakers and the media. Sometimes there’s a benefit of not knowing what you don’t know, but an obligation comes once you do. Imay be the dog that finally caught the car. And while I sink my teeth into the tire, a crowd has gathered to see if I’m going to complete the catch or get run over. What happens next will unfold in this space here. Let’s get through this legislative session. I’ll report back in May. Contact James Call at jcall@tallahassee .com. Follow on Twitter @CallTallahassee. Call on Call Call on Call is amonthly feature focused on state workers. If you have a story to share or questions, call James Call at 850599-2229 or email him at jcall@ tallahassee .com. Follow on Twitter @CallTalla- hassee. Call Continued from Page 1A decide when a citation is appropriate. As well as expunging records, it would legally allow people who’ve completed diversion programs to deny the arrest ever occurred when applying for a job, housing or the like. It also would apply to any misdemeanor, not just a limited list. “The record that follows a juvenile through their adulthood over a stupid mistake was a big part of the equation, so how do you eliminate that?” Ahern said. The Florida Sheriffs Association is backing the Ahern bill and opposed to the Flores bill. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri cited several hypothetical sce- narios where arrests would be more appropriate than acivil citation, such as a drunken teenager on a beach creating a disturbance and resisting officers, or a teenager prowling in a backyard who is clearly about to break into a home. Gualtieri said the sheriffs worked with Ahern on the different approach. “We have offered something that absolutely takes care of the problem, what does the mandate do that our solution doesn’t do?” Gualtieri said. While Slapp said civil citation is a good tool, she believes neither bill addresses problems with a lack of flexibility in the current program, such as a limit on three citations. She also said there are certain felony situations that don’t qualify for a civil citation, but where a diversion program would be more appropriate than an arrest, such as when a youth who takes a joyride on a golf cart doesn’t realize it’s a felony motor vehicle theft. Juveniles Continued from Page 4A

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