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COVID-19 Booster Shots – What do you Need to Know?

On November 19, the FDA authorized boosters of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 18 and older, followed shortly by the CDC’s recommendation of the boosters. There are lots of questions about the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 boosters. Listen to Dr. Ashley Hannings, professor at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, with WUGA’s Chris Shupe to clarify what you need to know about boosters.

Profile: Steven Wallace, UGA Press marketing & sales director

Steven Wallace, director of marketing and sales at the University of Georgia Press, “was not a great reader” as a child but fell in love with books in junior high and has made a career in the world of publishing. And he’s passionate about his work with the UGA Press. Read more in this UGA Columns Campus Closeup.

UGA Performing Arts Center Holiday Music Festival

The PAC’S Holiday Music Festival runs Dec. 2-21 featuring 8 concerts, ranging from local choirs to UGA student ensembles to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis — all in the festively decorated Hodgson Concert Hall. The concerts include:

Holiday Concerts by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music (Dec. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.). A broad range of UGA ensembles, including choruses, the University Symphony Orchestra, and British Brass Band, will perform familiar carols and music from around the world. 

A Baroque Christmas by Athens Choral Society (Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.), a free program featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria and J.S. Bach’s “For us a child is born” cantata. It is the ensemble’s first performance since the 2019 holiday season. 

Big Band Holidays (Dec. 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m.) featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. Featuring soulful versions of the season’s greatest classics starring 15 of jazz music’s leading artists.  

Georgia Children’s Chorus presents Make the Season Bright (Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.) and includes 50 singers aged 7 to 18 from 13 counties in the Athens area.

The King’s Singers (Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.) perform peerless close harmony a cappella singing featuring old favorites and new surprises. 

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.) present Bluegrass & Christmas, a special program of holiday hits, bluegrass style. 

Get more information and tickets.

Athens Symphony Christmas Concert

Discover the magic of great music-making in classical, holiday and pops family concerts, including “March of the Toys,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” and The Good Grief Trio’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Dec. 11 at 8p.m., and Dec. 12 at 3p.m. See a detailed program of performances and ticket information.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Town and Gown Players present the story of 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. The play runs Dec. 3-5 and 9-12. Get more information about show times and tickets.

Christmas at the Classic Center

The Classic Center has a number of upcoming performances to celebrate the season, including Irish Christmas in America, Athens Symphony Orchestra (see details above), An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical, The Nutcracker by the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, and Christmas with John Berry: Silver Anniversary Tour. Get more information and tickets.

This article was written by the BoomAthens Staff.

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