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An Evening of Italian Music & Art Concert

  P R E S S   R E L E A S E


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

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

Healthy Community Charity Golf Tournament


Charity Golf Tournament

JUNE 14, 2021


-Presented By-

AMEC Sixth Episcopal District Sons of Allen, AMEC Women’s Missionary Society, SWGA Sickle Cell Awareness

-Fundraiser to Benefit-

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia / 50thAnniversary

We appreciate your consideration and hope you will join us for the Healthy Community Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia’ 50thAnniversary.



Stan Smith /SED Sons of Allen / 478-365-5074

Monica Rockwell / SWGA Sickle Cell Awareness / 229-869-6671

Linda Frazier / Women’s Missionary Society / 706-718-1849


Richard H. Jordan

JCOMM Sports


Boy Scouts of America “Building Leaders” Campaign Dinner

“Building Leaders” Campaign Dinner

Thursday, May 6, 2021 

Honoring the memory of Lem Griffin &

Honoring Phoebe for their work during Covid-19

Social at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Live Stream at 7:15pm

 Can’t attend this event in person? This years event will be Live Streamed. For more information contact your table host, visit the event link or scan QR code

Hasan Temple – Albany, GA Business Casual Attire

Mr. Griffin was born in Leary, GA on December 1, 1942 to the late William Marcellus Griffin and Mildred Maxine Long Griffin. His early years were spent in the Calhoun County community of Bullneck and his teenage years in Mitchell County, GA. He enjoyed fifty-two years in the refrigerated warehouse industry, the last twenty years of his career he was CEO and co-owner of Flint River Services.

A man with a BIG heart for his family and community, he served as Chairman of the Board of Phoebe Putney Health Systems, served on the Board of Directors of Security Bank (now Synovus) and he was a lifetime member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He served on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years and was a past President and was also on the Foundation Board of Albany Technical College. Mr. Griffin was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Albany Lodge # 24 F & AM and a member of the Hasan Shriners.

Lem was married to Linda Merritt Griffin for 58 years and they have two children, Kay and Van, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


In just the first 100 days of their coronavirus pandemic response, Phoebe treated more than 2,700 COVID-19 patients and admitted more than 900 of them to their hospitals. As they continue to fight a year later, the Phoebe team has shown unparalleled dedication, perseverance, and support for the community. Their healthcare team has gone above and beyond to protect patients and residents with quality care, compassion, and innovative initiatives like making more than 70,000 hand-sewn masks. Every Phoebe team member has made an enormous impact in keeping the communities they serve safe and making every life they touch better.