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Augusta Symphony marks 70 years and prepares for new season

(Story courtesy the Augusta Symphony)

The Augusta Symphony celebrates its 70th anniversary on May 23, 2024.

Founded in 1954 under the baton of Music Director Harry M. Jacobs, the Augusta
Symphony has evolved from a small group of 15 musicians to an 85-member professional ensemble
and leading regional orchestra.

The Augusta Symphony has been led by four talented conductors: Harry Jacobs until 1991, Donald Portnoy from 1991-2009, Shizuo Z Kuwahara from 2009-2016 and Dirk Meyer, who is in his ninth season as music director.

During its 70 years of growth, the Augusta Symphony’s musicianship has enhanced, the acoustic
quality of its performances has improved, and programming and outreach have increased to broaden
the Symphony’s role in the community and engage audiences of all ages and levels of music

None of this progress would have been possible without the support of three dedicated
groups of volunteers: the Augusta Symphony Guild, the Augusta Symphony League and Friends of
the Augusta Symphony, along with the support from our donors and patrons.

Season subscriptions for the upcoming season, “SEVENTIETH”, are now on sale. The upcoming
season showcases artists from a variety of backgrounds and talents while telling stories of celebration
and triumph with music by composers spanning centuries. From East to West, sea to sky, and
classical to contemporary, there will be something for everyone. Single tickets will go on sale Aug.

Subscriptions are available online at and at the Miller Theater Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and purchases can be
made in-person or via phone at 706.842.4080 ext. 1.

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