Music and Mindfulness


Any time is a good time to appreciate patriotic music, and Augusta Symphony will be doing just that on February 20 with its concert, America.

The performance will include Yousufi’s Freedom, Golijov’s Last Round, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Stuart Coolidge’s Pioneer Dances, Walker’s Lyric and Torke’s Ash.

Music lovers can attend the dress rehearsal, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller Theater, or livestream the event. The in-person concert is sold out.

The dress rehearsal is $35 and will feature limited audience capacity, physical distancing, masking and no intermission.

The cost to livestream the performance is $10 per household, and a link will be emailed three days before the performance. For more information, visit

In addition, Community Chords Music Therapy, an outreach of Augusta Symphony, is launching Tuning In, a free program that combines guided mindfulness practices with live music experiences to help participants be in the moment and be in the music.

Augusta Symphony’s music therapist, Veronica Andreassen-Barker, MA, MT-BC, and select musicians will lead a series of five 90-minute sessions that focus on tuning in to self-care and to managing stress.

Sessions will be virtual via Zoom and move to in-person at the Knox Music Institute when public health allows.