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Flint River Entertainment Complex

Congratulations to The Flint River Entertainment Complex, this week’s Albany Chamber Star Business. They are comprised of: The Albany Civic Center – the largest venue south of Atlanta boasting over 10,000 seats, the space is flexible and can be adjusted to a variety of configurations. The Albany Municipal Auditorium – A multipurpose, 965 seat classic style auditorium. This venue includes an orchestra level, as well as first and second balconies. And Veterans Park Amphitheater – a 2500 seat outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Flint River. To find the upcoming schedule of events visit

Ashley Furniture Homestore


Congratulations to Ashley HomeStore, this week’s Albany Area Chamber Star Business. Ashley HomeStore opened its Albany Store in 2014. They are owned and operated by Turner Furniture Holding Corp., a family-owned furniture company that has been in business for over 100 years and prides itself on being named one of the Top 100 Furniture Stores in America. Their team of trusted home partners are ready to help you furnish your home with a variety oof high-quality furniture all at great prices. They believe in giving back to the community through their work with the Hope to Dream Foundation as well as other local charities.

Ann J. Kelley, Inc.


Congratulations to Ann J. Kelley, Inc., this week’s Albany Area Chamber Star Business. Ann’s Garden Shop is conveniently located at 1440 Gillionville Road. This unique shop is the perfect place to treat yourself or purchase a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend. They carry everything you need for beautiful landscaping of your home and garden, along with accessories to make your home a show place. Topiaries, pottery, chandeliers, holiday décor and more can be found in this magical little store. Watch for their annual fall art show, where local artists will show and sell paintings, baskets, gourds, woodworking and jewelry.

An Evening of Italian Music & Art Concert

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DATE: September 15, 2021


CONTACT: LeeAnna Anglin, Operations Manager   (229) 430-8933                                                          

F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E:


Season Opening Concert October 2

The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its 2021 – 2022 “Passport to Adventure” season at the Albany Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, October 2, 2021 with “An Evening of Italian Music” featuring double bass virtuoso Patricia Weitzel.   The program is inspired by the Albany Museum of Art’s “European Splendors” exhibition.  The concert begins at 6:00 pm and will be performed without intermission.  Following the performance, audience members are cordially invited to a wine and cheese reception at the Museum to view this current exhibit.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, and for the safety of our Patrons and performers, masks will be required while in the Municipal Auditorium and must remain in place for the entire performance.

The performance conducted by Music Director, Claire Fox Hillard, will showcase the orchestra in Ottorino Respighi’s “Botticelli Triptych,” a work inspired by and consisting of musical renderings of 3 famous paintings by Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli.  This historical period will also be reflected in the concert’s opening selection by Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrielli:  his antiphonal brass composition “Canzona in Double Echo” for 3 brass choirs.  Distinguished internationally-acclaimed guest artist, double bass soloist Patricia Weitzel, will be be showcased in Giovanni Bottesini’s virtuosic Concerto #2 for double bass and orchestra.  And, the orchestra will fill out the concert with 3 selections from the world of Italian opera:  Rossini’s Overture from La gazza ladra (The Theiving Magpie), Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from Cavaleria rusticana, and Sinfonias from Francesca Caccini’s La liberazonie di Ruggiero (The Liberation of Ruggiero).  Francesca Caccini’s (1587 – 1640) opera is believed to be the first opera written by a female composer.

Guest soloist PATRICIA WEITZEL is the Lecturer of Double Bass at Columbus State University. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, teacher and clinician in Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, the Netherlands and the United States.  Before coming to Columbus State she held faculty positions at Augustana College, Central College, Grinnell College, St. Ambrose University, and Drake University. She is also maintains an active remote private studio with students across the globe.

Weitzel has collaborated and worked with renowned artists such as the Daedalus Quartet, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, and bassist Volkan Orhon.  Recent engagements include teaching at the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Juilliard School, participation in the Chineke! Orchestra European tour and performance at the 62nd Grammy Awards Ceremony with Lizzo.

In addition to being a performing artist and educator, Weitzel continually receives recognition for her leadership and advocacy of diversity, excellency, and inclusion in the Arts.  As a member of the 2019 Global Leaders Program Cohort and one of the recipients of the Sphinx Organization’s Mpower Artist Grant, she was involved in the development of initiatives that offer opportunities of music education to underserved youth.  Weitzel is the Membership Chair of the International Society of Bassists, an organization with approximately 3000 members in over 40 countries whose mission is to encourage excellence in bass performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie.

Presenting Sponsors for the orchestra’s 58th season are:  WALB-TV; Phoebe Putney Health System; Watson Spence Attorneys LLP; and Hall Booth Smith PC.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $22 for senior (65+) and $15 for students/military.  Season tickets and season packages are also available at a savings over single ticket prices.  For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Albany Symphony offices at (229) 430-8933 or visit

For any additional information and/or details please feel free to contact:

Claire Fox Hillard                                       (229) 669-3191

Music Director                                 

   Louis Sands, President                            (229) 894-8142

Albany Symphony Association     

Additional concerts of the 2021 – 2022 season: 

2021 – 2022 “Passport to Adventure” Season

at the Albany Municipal Auditorium 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021    6:30 pm      “With an English/Irish Flavor”

30th Anniversary of the holiday tradition, Peppermint Pops

Saturday, March 12, 2022        6:30 pm      “A French Excursion”

A concert featuring area choruses headed to Carnegie Hall to perform Francis Poulenc’s Gloria

Saturday, May 7, 2022            11:00 am      “A Trip to Germany”

Presentation of “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” a production for music enthusiasts of all ages

Dougherty County Department of Family and Children Services

Congratulations to Dougherty County Department of Family and Children Services, this week’s Albany Area Chamber Star Business. As a part of the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) investigates reports of child abuse. Through their Social Service division, they provide child protective services, foster care and adoptions. Their Resource Development assist finding and developing foster and adoptive homes. DFCS works to protect and enhance the well-being of individuals and families across the state. Providing services that enhance the capacities and help strengthen families.

MSA Orthopedics

Congratulations to MSA Orthopedics, this week’s Albany Area Chamber Star Business. MSA Orthopedics provides a complete range of orthopedic care from bone, joint, spine and muscle care. Their service includes orthopedic evaluation and treatment, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging (x-ray and MRI), and outpatient surgery. Their outpatient surgeries include total join replacement and spine procedures. Their goal is to always provide hones orthopedic evaluations and treatments, not simply surgical screenings, because their patients are not statistics; they are individuals who want answers from an experienced team. They were recently awarded Advanced Orthopedic Certification by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and received two certifications specific to our Total Joint Replacement and Complex Spine Procedures.

Ashley’s Business Solutions

Congratulations to Ashley’s Business Solutions, this week’s Albany Area Chamber Star Business. For 38 years Ashley’s has been providing businesses with a full line of multifunction copiers, printer, and scanners by Canon, HP and Lexmark. With over $1.5 million in local inventory of machines, supplies and parts, Ashley’s has many available resources to help keep your business running smoothly. Customers can also enjoy flexible and customized billing options. Ashley’s is the 24th largest Canon dealer in the USA and just happens to be located in the heart of South Georgia



Atlantic Pallet Exchange

Congratulations to Atlantic Pallet Exchange, this week’s Albany Area Chamber Star Business. Since 1986 Atlantic Pallet Exchange has been operating a full-service wood product company in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. They specialize in reconditioned wooden pallets, new wooden pallets, pallet waste removal, truckload freight service and warehousing. They even provide pallets for international and domestic cargo shipping made from pine or hardwood.


Secure Records Solutions achieves Inc. 5000 Rank of Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S.


August 17, 2021 Rainey Campbell, Chief of Staff

THOMASVILLE, GA, August 17, 2021 – Secure Records Solutions, a leading provider of innovative document

management solutions, has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing privately held

companies in its annual Inc. 5000 list. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within

the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under

Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as

honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“We’re thrilled and honored to receive this recognition and to be ranked among such incredible companies,”

says Christopher Powell Jones, partner and chief operating officer of Secure Records Solutions. “People

generally think of start-ups as the fastest-growing companies in the country. To be approaching our 20th year in

business and growing at this rate is a huge testament to our innovative approach and dynamic team. We are

fortunate to achieve a 91% growth rate from 2017 to 2020, when most of our industry is shrinking. Our team

has grown, too – 100% from 2017 to 2020. Of course, none of this would be possible without amazing clients

who inspire us to innovate, enhance, and expand our service offerings.”

Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s

list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000, the

average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent, and median revenue reached $11.1 million.

Together, those companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott

Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a

remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of

accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by

industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

About Secure Records Solutions

Secure Records Solutions (SRS) is a family owned and operated document management company

headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia. Founded in 2003, SRS is Southwest Georgia and North Florida’s premier

information management company, known for our legendary client experience, highly accredited security

practices, and fair pricing. SRS offers a full array of document management services including shredding,

scanning, indexing, and storage. Offering innovative, tailored solutions specific to the needs of each client, SRS

creates value through added security, compliance, and efficiency. Excellence in these areas has allowed the

company to grow with its clients into 49 states. For more information about our services, call 229.226.0414 or


More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000


Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2017 to 2020. To

qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They must be U.S.-

based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of

December 31, 2020. The minimum revenue required for 2017 is $100,000; the minimum for 2020 is $2 million.

Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to three decimal places. More information

can be found at

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections,

and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50

million people each month across a variety of channels including web sites, newsletters, social media, podcasts,

and print. The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this

prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. For more information, visit