March 22, 2022, Columbus, Georgia — The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) will end their 28th season performing with world-renowned electric violinist and founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood, in a Rock-N-Roll with the Symphony concert on Tuesday, April 26th at the Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Theater. Featuring a string orchestra and the Chattahoochee Valley’s only youth symphony orchestra, the concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.yogc.org.

The String Orchestra and Youth Orchestra will combine to perform rock-n-roll favorites from the 70s and 80s on stage with Mark Wood, including songs by Journey, Kansas, ACDC, Ozzy Osburne, and more! There will also be a raffle for one of Mark Wood’s signed electric violins; raffle tickets will only be sold in-person at the concert, meaning one needs to be present to win.

In addition to our wonderful guest artist, this concert will begin with the String Orchestra and Youth Orchestra each performing works by under-represented composers, meaning these composers are categorized as either BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color), women, or members of the LGBTQ+ community and have been historically excluded from the canon of Western art music. The String Orchestra will be performing Carpathia by William Owens, depicting the rescue of the Titanic disaster survivors by the RMS Carpathia. The Youth Orchestra will be performing selections from the ballet suite Hiawatha written by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

“This is going to be a unique concert you won’t want to miss. Our guest artist, Mark Wood, is incredibly talented as both a workshop technician and performer. Mark arranges music by taking your favorite Rock and Roll tunes and setting them to orchestra. It’s going to be a fun, engaging experience for our students and concert-goers!” – Christopher Walton, Interim Executive Director, YOGC.

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 children; a string orchestra; 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.