Our View: Give Classical Movements a SUP

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Our View: Give Classical Movements a SUP
Marissa Regni and Peiming Lin perform at Classical Movements’ outdoor Halloween concert. (Photo/Denise Dunbar)
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Classical Movements is one of Alexandria’s delights. In addition to, in normal years, staging worldwide tours of world-class musicians, the organization hosts small concerts in their lovely garden at 711 Princess St.

Those outdoor concerts became a delight to many when indoor artistic venues were shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, city staff have shut down the Classical Movements garden concerts by requiring a special use permit that they are making difficult to obtain.

It defies logic that our city gives SUPs out for things like a live animal slaughterhouse near pet grooming and boarding facilities yet is pushing back on quiet, small, enjoyable concerts on a side street in Old Town.

Classical Movements should be granted a SUP now, so their concerts can resume making this pandemic a bit easier to bear.

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