Athens Symphony says COVID cancels Christmas concert

Fall concert is also a coronavirus casualty

There will be no Athens Symphony concerts this year: the Symphony, citing concerns about coronavirus, has canceled the in-person fall and Christmas concerts that are held annually at the Classic Center.

From the Athens Symphony…

The Athens Symphony Orchestra has canceled its 2020 Fall and Christmas concerts amid public safety concerns from coronavirus. The organization will continue its mission of community engagement through online concerts and plans a special virtual Christmas performance.

With the rise of COVID-19 cases across Georgia and recommendations from health experts, the Symphony determined that canceling in-person concerts for the rest of 2020 is in the best interest of its members and our community.

“Music is a unifying force that connects people and builds community,” said Conductor Susan Dinwiddie. “And right now, we’re all craving connection more than ever. The Symphony will continue our mission of sharing joy and bringing Athens and surrounding communities together in the safest way we know how.”

As a way of continuing this mission, the Symphony has been connecting with their audience virtually through Tiny Space concerts and virtual ensemble performances on its social media channels. Just as Symphony performances have always been, these concerts are free and available to everyone.

Although the Christmas concerts will not be in person this year, the Athens Symphony will celebrate the holiday season with an online Christmas performance, welcoming an even larger audience than the in-person performance space could accommodate.

“Our annual Christmas Concert has long been considered the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the Classic City, bringing Northeast Georgia residents together for more than 40 years,” said Dick Hudson, the Symphony’s Executive Director. “With the help of a little holiday technical magic, this year we will bring the concert to Athenians in a new and special way.”

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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