Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus announces Maestro for a Moment contestants

On St. Patrick's Day, you can have lunch, listen to the best young musicians of the Chattahoochee Valley and hear some trash-talking. Three local citizens will start collecting money in the annual Maestro for a Moment on March 17. The fundraiser for the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus runs through April 30.

The person who raises the most money will get to conduct the orchestra.

But first, they will be introduced during the YOGC's Pops Concert and Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. March 17 in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.

The contestants are former Columbus Mayor Bob Poydasheff, Georgia Rep. John Pezold and Columbus actress Dusty Wellborn.

The YOGC's Pops Concert, "Luck of the Irish," celebrates St. Patrick's Day.

Tickets are $30; $15 for children 10 and younger. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. March 14.

Even though the trio will collect money from the audience that day, they will continue to raise money for $1 a vote until the evening of the YOGC's spring finale concert on April 30.

Previous maestros are Billy Blanchard, Joey Loudermilk and Charlie Day.

The YOGC string and symphony orchestras are made up of middle and high school students from all over the Chattahoochee Valley.

The conductor is Jim Palmer.

To vote for a maestro, buy tickets or learn more, call executive director Dottie Brown at 706-256-3614.