Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

The Quincy Area Youth Orchestra will present their “Old World, New World” Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at the Kroc Center, 405 Vermont St. The orchestra, under the direction of Trent Hollinger, will perform a variety of works from master composers.  Admission to the concert is free with donations encouraged.

Some of the most talented young musicians from the Quincy area collaborate to perform iconic works representing genres and styles typical of European and Russian (old world) composers and American (new world) composers.

As the most symphonic form of European high-art orchestral literature, the QAYO will perform two movements from well-recognized symphonies: movement one from Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” and the finale to Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.” They will also perform Grieg’s “Lyric Suite, op. 54.”

One of the major contributions that came out of the new world was jazz. To honor this, the orchestra will perform an adaptation of Bernstein’s “American in Paris Suite.” Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” will also be featured.

A legend among light orchestral composers is Leroy Anderson. The orchestra will perform his “Blue Tango” and “Jazz Pizzicato.” To finish the concert, there will be a performance of a film score that combines some of the best of the old world and new world, “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The 2014 QAYO consists of 38 talented musicians from across the tri-state area. Their first performance was a Feb. 9, side-by-side with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra.  The QAYO is partially supported by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, Encore! Symphony Volunteer Council, the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund, the Tracy Family Foundation, the Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on this and other youth programs of the QSOA, visit www.qsoa.org or call 217-222-2856.