April 18, 2021, Columbus, Georgia — Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) will host its spring concert May 1st, 4:00 PM, on the Illges Plaza outside of the RiverCenter with a theme of “Our Town.” Admission is free.

The Spring 2021 concert theme reflects a sense of pride and unity within our community that has allowed YOGC to continue serving our town’s children safely throughout the pandemic. The repertoire includes movements from Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, the first movement from Beethoven’s unmistakable 5th Symphony, and Our Town by quintessential American composer Aaron Copland. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs for their listening comfort. Following social distancing guidelines between household groups and use of face coverings is strongly encouraged.

“While many other youth orchestras around the country went all virtual or completely dark this school year, Columbus came together to support and enable YOGC to hold safe, in-person rehearsals and concerts since October 2020. It involved new ways of thinking and rehearsing. It required support from our existing partners and donors as well as new partnerships. I am not sure there is another town in this country that has pulled together to support its young musicians this year, and that is worth celebrating. I hope you will bring your lawn chair or blanket and your family to enjoy some live music and see just how much our incredible musicians have accomplished this season.” – Stephanie Payne, YOGC Executive Director.

Since 1993, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus has been teaching the area’s most talented young musicians. Led by nationally-awarded Music Director and Conductor Jim Palmer, YOGC maintains the only symphonic orchestral opportunity in the region for string, brass, wind, and percussion musicians; a string orchestra for intermediate string players; a chamber group program; a non-adjudicated music festival provided at no cost to local public school music programs; and a week-long summer string camp focused on alternative genres of music and playing styles. For additional information e-mail info@yogc.org.