September 25, 2018, Columbus, Georgia—The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) is pleased to announce its 25th Season Opening Concert, slated for 7:30p October 30th, 2018 at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the RiverCenter Box Office.

 This concert is unique in that it is a performance in partnership with Voices of the Valley Children’s Choir and the Columbus Ballet. The three organizations will perform several pieces together, marking the first time ever they have shared the same stage. Full musical repertoire includes:

String Orchestra to perform:

  • Hunter’s Moon by Doug Spata
  • Serendipity Suite by Richard Meyer
  • Celtic Overture by Lennie Niehaus
  • William Byrd Suite by William Byrd arr. Douglas E. Wagner

Youth Orchestra to perform:

  • Carmen Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet
  • The Pirates of Penzance Overture by Arthur Sullivan

Youth Orchestra and Columbus Ballet to perform:

  • Excerpts from Schindler’s List by John Williams

Youth Orchestra, Columbus Ballet, and Voices of the Valley to perform:

  • Nella Fantasia by Ennio Morricone arr. Audrey Snyder

We talk about collaboration all the time in Columbus in the arts industry. Collaboration between arts organizations, between nonprofits and businesses, funding partners. This time, we are working together to give Columbus’ talented singers, instrumentalists, and dancers an absolutely unique experience that pushes boundaries and exposes not only the performers but their families to new artistic disciplines. This concert is all about celebrating young talent, and everyone involved agrees that this is a wonderful way to have children from all over our region with vastly different experiences interact as equals and partners.” – Stephanie Payne, Executive Director

Since 1993, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus has been teaching the area’s most talented young musicians. Led by music director Jim Palmer, this outstanding orchestra program includes the Youth Orchestra made up of intermediate and advanced string, brass, wind and percussion musicians; the String Orchestra composed of young string players, chamber groups; ensembles including a percussion ensemble, two string quartets, a woodwind quintet, a brass quintet, a violin ensemble; and a summer string camp. Rehearsals are held each Monday evening during the school season at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.  For additional information e-mail info@yogc.org.