SideBySideGet ready for an afternoon of fantastic music when the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra teams up with its 50-member Youth Orchestra in their “Side by Side Gala” showcasing the young musicians and celebrating the orc

hestra’s 30th anniversary on Sunday, April 10.

“The kids can’t wait for this special event,” said Maestro Frederick Devyatkin. “We have an exciting program with something for everyone, from movie and stage scores to pop and classical favorites.” Always a favorite, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the sequel “Pirate’s Legend” will provide lots of excitement for starters, and then the musicians, young and not-so-young, will let their hair down with jazz selections from “Chicago” and a tribute to the great “Satchmo,” Louis Armstrong. The orchestras get serious with classical pieces composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean Sibelius, then switch gears to classic Beatles tunes. “Star Wars” will close out the program with a rousing finale of the movie’s signature orchestrations from “The Empire Strikes Back.”

This very special collaboration with the orchestras together on stage will take place at Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center on Lady’s Island on Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 pm. “We are very proud of both our orchestras and our milestone 30th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments by really mixing them up together in this special event,” said orchestra board president, Ed Like. He explained that the mission for the youth orchestra is three-fold: to nurture the passion and love of music in the young musicians, to teach them that hard work is necessary for success, and that with their talent comes the responsibility to share their gifts and their time with the community. “Every opportunity they have to perform for audiences instills greater confidence and improves their skills, and gives back to the people who help support their efforts. These students are our next generation of orchestra members and concert attendees who will continue to ‘pay it forward’ for future generations.”

Tickets available on website

This concert is the fourth of a five-concert season, which will conclude on May 12 and 15 when the orchestra hosts the Savannah quintet “Velvet Caravan” in a salute to Django Reinhardt, “Slavic Swing.” To hear more about this final concert watch a video of music director Devyatkin on the orchestra’s website at Tickets for “Side by Side” and the last concert can also be purchased on the website, or go to, or call 1-800-595-4849.   Adult tickets are $25 and Student tickets are $15 and are available at the door.