The Classic Center News Feed The Classic Center 211 87 News feed for The Classic Center Complimentary Athens Symphony Pops Concert tickets available April 21 at The Classic Center Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:01:37 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – Complimentary tickets to the May 2-3 Athens Symphony Pops Concerts will be distributed at The Classic Center Theatre box office beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m.

The pops concerts, which begin at 8 p.m. on both days in The Classic Center’s Grand Hall, will conclude the symphony’s 2013-2014 season.

Tickets are required for entry, and are limited to four per person. Regular box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m-1 p.m. on Saturday.

The pops concerts will feature Foundry St. Jazz and the Athens Symphony Chorus. Selections from the Beatles and popular musical pieces will be featured.

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2014 Small Business Summit coming to The Classic Center April 24 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:47:19 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – Northeast Georgia businesses, nonprofit organizations and students are invited to register for the 2014 Athens Small Business Summit. This event, which promises a full day of business education and networking, will take place at The Classic Center on Thursday, April 24.

Summit attendees will find valuable resources, experienced speakers, multiple networking opportunities and a wide selection of educational breakout sessions. More than 250 businesses attended last year’s inaugural event and a large crowd is expected to return for this year.

Organized by Athens-based business consulting firm StartStrategic and presented by Charter Business, the summit offers a new lineup of exciting features. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be in attendance to present an introduction to the day’s events and 2011 CNN Hero Derreck Kayongo will deliver the keynote address.

Kayongo is the Co-Founder of the Global Soap Project, a multi-million dollar nonprofit organization that provides fresh soap to impoverished communities worldwide. Just a few years ago, Kayongo came to the United States as a penniless Ugandan refugee. Working with nothing but a vision and a desire for social change, Kayongo recycled hotel soaps and began what would develop into a successful and acclaimed humanitarian movement. This session will inspire and educate attendees of all professional backgrounds.

Businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions have partnered with summit organizers to help promote core business fundamentals in the Northeast Georgia professional community. The University of Georgia Terry College of Business and Brenau University are among the many qualified presenters of this year’s event. Community Connection of Northeast Georgia will deliver an all new track session geared specifically towards the needs of nonprofit organizations.

A Small Business Resource Fair will be held at the summit, allowing attendees to meet face-to-face with local service-based industry representatives. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Labor will assist with the Job Fair and Career Expo that is free for all local job seekers. Vendor booths for each of these events are available for purchase.

Registration for the summit is now open and is $129. Visit to register online, learn how to become an exhibitor or for more information. 


About the Small Business Summit
The Small Business Summit is Athens premier business event, organized by StartStrategic, an Athens-based business consulting and education firm. More than 500 businesses and nonprofit organizations will have the ultimate experience filled with education, resources and networking opportunities to push themselves to new heights. Local businesses of all ages, sizes and industries are encouraged to attend. More information on the event, as well as registration and exhibition details can be found online at


Local General Contractor R.W. Allen receives award for The Classic Center expansion Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:41:54 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – R. W. Allen received the first place award in its construction category from the Associated General Contractors of Georgia for the company’s work on The Classic Center.
The AGC Build Georgia Awards recognize general contractors for outstanding performances on some of the state’s most remarkable projects. The awards place particular emphasis on projects in which the general contractor exceeded expectations and overcame challenges of a difficult project.
R. W. Allen's work included the addition of a beautiful new 8,000 square foot atrium and an expanded 56,000 square foot exhibit hall. The expansion was completed in February 2013.
“It is an honor to be recognized for the work that the R. W. Allen team put into this project amid the unique situations we faced,” said Tommy Goodyear, senior project administrator at R.W. Allen. This project was a success due to the teamwork and effort put forth by the project team, architect, subcontractors and the Classic Center staff.”
First place winners will receive their awards at the AGC Georgia Annual Conference in June and will be recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s "Best of the Best" special section in June.
“The work that R.W. Allen put into The Classic Center expansion was nothing short of outstanding,” said Paul Cramer, executive director of The Classic Center. “They truly deserve this award, and we congratulate them on a job well done.”
R.W. Allen, LLC is based in Augusta, Ga., and operates in six states throughout the Southeast and maintains a fully staffed office in Athens.
Public Memorial for Thomas Hinson this Friday Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:55:01 EDT General A public memorial to celebrate the life of Thomas Hinson is scheduled for Friday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m. in The Classic Center Atrium in downtown Athens at 300 North Thomas Street. Mr. Hinson served on to various community organizations, including the Classic City Rotary Club, the Athens Jaycees and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served on The Classic Center Authority Board of Directors. His obituary can be found here]]> UGA Ice Dogs take on Georgia Tech April 9 in grand opening game at The Classic Center Arena Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:40:26 EDT General ATHENS, GA. – The UGA Hockey team will face-off against Georgia Tech before a sold-out crowd of 2,000 fans at The Classic Center Arena on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
This is the first home hockey game at The Classic Center Arena in downtown Athens for the Georgia Ice Dogs.
Ticket holders can enjoy pre-game entertainment featuring an Ice Dogs Walk, player autograph session, bouncy house, face painting, sure shot cage, stride board, music and more beginning at 5:30 p.m. UGA’s Hairy Dog and the Hockey Ice Girls also will be entertaining fans.
The Ice Dogs Walk will be open to the public outside The Classic Center Arena starting at 5:30 p.m. at Dirty Birds restaurant on Washington Street and will continue through the main entrance of The Classic Center on North Thomas Street. The public is encouraged to come out and welcome the Ice Dogs as they enter their new home in Athens.
The Ice Dogs will play all of the 20 home games in their 2014-15 season at The Classic Center Arena between September and February.
On Tuesday, April 8, fans can be the first to purchase season tickets at Select-A-Seat Night. Come check out the new ice rink and available seat locations for next season! This is your chance to see the Ice Dogs in action as they practice while you check out the best view for the upcoming season. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the Ice Dogs practice at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seating season tickets are $185, and premium reserved seating is $260. Fans can go to to buy tickets, call 706-357-4444 or visit The Classic Center box office at 300 N. Thomas St. in downtown Athens.
Classic Center Executive Director Paul Cramer said he has been taken back by how the community has embraced the hockey team.
“We can’t begin to express how grateful we are to the team and its fans for embracing this new home for the Ice Dogs,” he said. “I’m excited to see the benefit this will bring to downtown Athens and the community throughout the season.”
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Season tickets for Classic City Rollergirls 2014 bouts on sale today at 10 a.m. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:08:51 EDT General  ATHENS, Ga. – Season tickets for the Classic City Rollergirls 2014 bouts at The Classic Center Arena will go on sale today, March 11 at 10 a.m.
Season tickets are $55, and include entrance to the following bouts:
·         Saturday, April 19 (Chattanooga Rollergirls)
·         Saturday, May 31  (Charlotte Roller Girls: B-Dazzlers)
·         Saturday, July 19 (Vette City Roller Derby)
·         Saturday, Aug. 23 (Greenville Derby Dames)
Season ticket holders also will receive a Classic City Rollergirls swag gift bag, access to reserved seating and free admission to any double headers for the season.
Single tickets for the 2014 season go on sale Wednesday, March 19, and are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.
The Classic City Rollergirls kicked off their 2014 season in January with their annual Green and Black interleague bout at the new Classic Center Arena which now seats up to 2,000 attendees in a stadium like capacity. The team moved its home games to The Classic Center this year, which allows for larger capacity at bouts as well as downtown Athens convenience for bout-goers. 
Click here to buy tickets, call 706.357.4444 or stop by The Classic Center Theatre box office at 300 N. Thomas Street in downtown Athens.
The Classic Center Galleries to open two new art exhibitions on March 17 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:52:07 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic Center is proud to present their latest exhibits, “Terrain: Painting the South” and “Home,” on display beginning March 17.
“Terrain: Painting the South” features landscape paintings by four Athens-based, widely published artists, June Ball, Andy Cherwick, Robert Clements and Philip Juras.
June Ball’s beautiful impressionistic paintings of southern coastal landscapes take in as much of the horizon and sky as the marsh. Andy Cherwick’s thick lusciously painted landscapes are recognizable spots where one might have picnicked, but with the artist’s fanciful additions such as a pink waterfall or paper airplanes.
Robert Clements textural paintings of agricultural fields are lush groves of peach trees and cotton fields and the occasional wild flower. Philip Juras depicts in wonderful detail specific and beloved southern spots such as Little Tennessee River Valley and Heggie’s Rock of Columbia County, Ga. Juras is such a master of line and representation that one feels they are in the landscape themself.
The Home exhibit in Classic Gallery II features painted and print works by Melissa Harshman, Mary Porter and Jeffery Whittle. The artists each depict the joy of home from their own artistic lens.
Melissa Harshman creates silk screens with layered images depicting a kind of 1960s classical home imagery with Jell-O molds and ladies clothed in cocktail attire. Mary Porter paints colorful scenes of Athens referencing well-known spots and streets such as the White Tiger and Satula Avenue. Lastly, Jeffery Whittle displays beautiful oil paintings of colorful fruits with bright, whimsical wallpaper backgrounds.
Both exhibits will be up through Sept. 15, and are located in The Classic Center’s new exhibit space that opened last year under the direction of the Classic Center Cultural Foundation. One of the missions of the Foundation is to broaden the exposure of the arts to people in the Athens community.
For information regarding the exhibits and artworks, contact Didi Dunphy at For more information on The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, click here.
Women of Ireland to perform at The Classic Center Theatre March 18 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 07:06:37 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – Women of Ireland, the innovative and exciting full stage concert production showcasing the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers, is coming to The Classic Center Theatre Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
For the first time, a stage show brings together all the most adorned elements associated with Irish and Celtic music, song and dance in one brand new super stage spectacle. 
Women of Ireland features an all-female lineup of Irish step dancers comprising three long-term lead dancers from Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, along with a number of other tantalizing female dancers who excel in other dance disciplines.
The show also features a very special guest male dancer – the four-time world champion and former lead dancer with Riverdance, Anthony Fallon. 
Three supremely talented sisters from County Kerry, Ireland are responsible for providing enchanting vocal performances as part of the stage show. The siblings are best known for their close celestial harmonies.
The outstanding dance and vocal content of the show is amplified by the vast talent of the instrumentalists within the production.
Led by a fervent fiddler from Northern Ireland, the instrumental players have the ability to bring people to their feet without the need of reinforcement from dancers or vocalists. Indeed, the instrumental ensemble pieces provide many singular show-stopping moments within the show.
Women of Ireland is fifth in The Classic Center Theatre’s 2013-2014 Broadway Entertainment Series.
Click here to buy tickets, call 706.357.4444 or stop by The Classic Center Theatre box office at 300 N. Thomas Street in downtown Athens. 
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Athens Symphony Spring Concert tickets available March 10 at The Classic Center Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:40:03 EST General  ATHENS, Ga. – Free tickets to the Athens Symphony Spring Concert on Sunday, March 23 will be distributed at The Classic Center Theatre box office beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10. 
The spring concert, which begins at 3 p.m. in The Classic Center Theatre, will feature euphonium soloist Adam Frey and musical selections from composers Borodin, Beethoven, Verdi and others.
Tickets are required for entry, and are limited to four per person. Regular box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m-1 p.m. on Saturday. Contact the box office at 706-357-4444 or visit online at
For more information on the Athens Symphony, visit
Georgia Music Educators Association brings thousands of students to Athens Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:22:32 EST General  ATHENS, Ga. – More than 2,000 middle and high school students from around the state will convene at The Classic Center this month for the Georgia Music Educators Association’s 2014 All State Chorus and All State Band and Orchestra rehearsals and performances.
The 1,300 students performing for All State Chorus on Feb. 20-22 were narrowed down from a group of 6,000 students throughout the state who tried out during two auditions held this past fall and winter.
From Feb. 27-March 1, more than 700 students will be at The Classic Center for All State Band and Orchestra. This group of students was narrowed down from 10,000 who auditioned earlier.
This is the first year the Georgia Music Educators Association has held events at The Classic Center. The group is scheduled to return to Athens through 2017.
“We are pleased to be in Athens for our all state events!” said Cecil Wilder, executive director of Georgia Music Educators Association. “The Classic Center is a world-class facility and their staff is great to work with. We look forward to hosting events here for many years.”
The economic impact for both groups on the local economy is expected to be $2 million, according to the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau.
GMEA is one of the many groups that have been able to come to Athens because of The Classic Center expansion.
The Georgia Music Educators Association stages all-state events ranging from elementary school to college and university. These include six all state bands, three all state orchestras, six all state choruses, a high school all state jazz ensemble, and a high school all state sight reading chorus.