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Athens Symphony Orchestra Cancels Concerts

Athens Symphony Orchestra

The Athens Symphony Orchestra is canceling its 2020 Fall and Christmas concerts due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Bascle is president of the board of directors. 

"We canceled our Spring and [Picnic at the]Pops concerts earlier this year, and then with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic we've canceled our Fall and Christmas concerts for November and December of this year," said Bascle.

While public safety concerns have forced the elimination of in-person events, the Athens Symphony will still celebrate the Christmas season. Brad Maffett associate conductor of the symphony. 

"We're going to put on a virtual concert. Now we've been doing some of those already on our Facebook and YouTube sites, but what we plan to do is choose three to four songs and have the chorus and the orchestra participate from home, and then put it together in a concert setting," according to Maffet.

In addition to the annual holiday concert, the nonprofit organization is continuing to engage the community in a series of Tiny Space concerts online. 

"New ones are produced every week and are put up on social media where we have one, or sometimes small groups, of the symphony members who perform something in their home. So we’re still finding ways to perform music for people even though we can’t do it in person.”

More details about the group’s online performances and the Christmas concert are available on the Athens Symphony website at   

You can also visit the organization’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.  

Supporters can still assist by making donations and following the organization’s social media pages. 

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!