MYPO honors its first conductor at concert

Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will dedicate its 14th annual Spring Concert to its first conductor and cofounder, Lance Jo who died Feb. 23. -- Maui News file photo

Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra presents its 14th annual Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in H.P. Baldwin High School Auditorium in Wailuku.

Currently under the direction of Iolani Yamashiro-Rahimi, the orchestra will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, along with lighter works including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Por Una Cabeza” and a tribute to Whitney Houston.

King Kekaulike High School seniors Jake Thomas on trumpet and Preston Ito on piano will delight the audience with a special jazz duo.

Other seniors include Maui High School’s Katherine Stevens on violin and Baldwin seniors Marlou Gabumpa on trombone, Katelynn Martin on percussion and Romeo Cabading on trumpet.

This concert is dedicated to Lance Jo, co-founder and first conductor of MYPO, who died on Feb. 23. Jo influenced thousands of students throughout his 39 years teaching high school band at Maui High and Baldwin. After retiring from the Department of Education, Jo continued influencing lives as the first MYPO conductor from 2005 to 2017. The students of MYPO will honor his legacy of love for his students and for his dedication to music.

King Kekaulike senior, trumpeter Jake Thomas. -- Photo courtesy MYPO

Admission is free and open to the public.