Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra

Cellists Kai Gessler and Murie Judd and violist Nova Lopez rehearse with the Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra for the ensemble’s 2020 winter concert. The orchestra presents its Spring Pops Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Center for the Arts’ outdoor amphitheater.

Grab a blanket and some grub and head over to the Center For the Arts’ outdoor amphitheater to celebrate the hard work area musicians have put into the Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra’s Spring Pops Concert.

MusicLand, a resident nonprofit at the Center for the Arts led by violinist and Executive Director Michelle Quinn, hosts the event as part of its commitment to providing Teton County children with quality musical education and engagement.

Quinn created the Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra “to provide talented young adults a creative outlet to appreciate and perform classical music in and around Jackson’s natural splendor,” MusicLand’s website states.

High school-age students from both sides of the Tetons will take to the Center’s outdoor performance space to perform contemporary works, spotlighting film music from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Lord of the Rings,” James Bond and more.

“We have a couple kids from Driggs and Victor this time around,” said Quinn, “which is awesome, because I want to start incorporating musicians from the other side of the hill.

“This particular concert is a pops concert, so that means we’re doing contemporary music,” she said. “We’re doing a James Bond medley — the piece has about four or five different themes from the movies — and the same with ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ and then one classical piece,” Quinn said.

For Quinn, giving the gift of music and learning is the best reward she could ask for. And she couldn’t do it without Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra Director and Teton County School District Orchestral Director Vince Gutwein at the podium.

“I’m really for getting the kids together, because they haven’t been together in so long,” Quinn said. “In the school system the orchestral program was kind of split up this year, and the class size was really limited. They couldn’t perform, so a lot of kids quit music this year, which is such a bummer. But Youth Orchestra has become their outlet.”

The event is free, but listeners can support MusicLand’s cause with tax deductible donations, which will go directly to financing performances like the one Tuesday and musical scholarships for Teton-region kids.

“We have to have dues every session because I have to pay the Center, the venue, everything,” Quinn said. “No amount is too small.”

Quinn, Gutwein, the students and their families will gather at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Center Amphitheater, just outside the Performing Arts Pavilion. Go to JHCenterForTheArts.org and JHYOMusicLand.org for information about the event or the organization. 

Contact Julia Hornstein via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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