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In town or out of town this weekend?

Jerry Steichen, the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s new music director, will lead the ensemble when it opens its new season Saturday with a concert titled “Russian to the Finnish.”
Jerry Steichen, the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s new music director, will lead the ensemble when it opens its new season Saturday with a concert titled “Russian to the Finnish.” Special to The Telegraph

You will have the chance to get an early start on your holiday gift shopping at the Urban Air Market in downtown Macon on Saturday. Based on the postings at the event’s Facebook page, a unique and diverse variety of delectable, interesting and/or fun products will be available for purchase at this very first quarterly open-air craft and artisan market.

Farmers, makers, artists, artisans and other vendors will be promoting and selling such things as locally grown produce, crafts, craft beer and homemade baked goods, as well as hand-crafted products and vintage items. You can take a stroll through the market as you listen to live music or relax and enjoy food provided by downtown restaurants.

The pop-up market is open Saturday at the corner of Third and Plum streets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MSO Celebrates 40

The Macon Symphony Orchestra opens its new season — the 40th anniversary season — Saturday evening with a concert titled “Russian to the Finnish.”

MSO’s new music director, Jerry Steichen, will lead the orchestra in the little-known Overture on Three Russian Folk Songs by Balakirev, followed by Russian and Finnish masterpieces. Internationally acclaimed soloist Spencer Myer will join MSO to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece featured 40 years ago during MSO’s very first season. The evening will end with Sibelius’ Magnum Opus.

The event at the Grand Opera House starts with an hour-long conductor’s chat at 6:30 p.m. (the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.). Purchase tickets now online at maconsymphony.com or by calling 478-301-5300.

A Long Distance Adventure

A delightful excursion is in store for anyone interested in making the 150-mile drive up to the mountains of north Georgia for the 2016 Deep South Wine & Music Festival in Elijay.

This multi-day festival — an annual fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter — celebrates Georgia wines, offers cuisine provided by area restaurants, and features live musical performances in the picture perfect mountain town. The Bluegrass Brunch at Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery on Sunday will feature a variety of regional food items by celebrity chefs and locally produced wine.

Tickets for this weekend’s Deep South Wine & Music Festival range from $50 to $300. Also, the scheduled times for festival events vary, so visit the website (deepsouthfest.org) for more information.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.

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