Saturday, October 06, 2007

Evening OFTA features Molly Yeh, marimba soloist

Seventeen year old Molly Yeh will be playing the marimba at a special Evening OFTA at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 12th at the Buchanan Center for the Arts on the square in downtown Monmouth. She will be accompanied by Bruce Polay, music director and conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.

Ms. Yeh will be appearing on Saturday evening as chief soloist for the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Concert in Galesburg, IL. Information on that concert can be had by calling the Orpheum Theatre directly at 342-2299.

Molly Yeh made her Carnegie-Zankel Hall debut in September of 2006, appearing as soloist with host Christopher O’Riley and as a member of the award-winning “Beat 3” percussion trio, for the newly-produced PBS television series “From the Top” For the past 5 years, she has been a member of the Midwest Young Artists Symphony (MYA) and Concert Orchestras. As a member of the MYA Rattan Marimba Trio, Yeh received the 2004 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Junior Division Gold Medal.

An honor student at Glenbrook South High School, Molly has been involved in orchestra, marching band, symphonic wind ensemble, math team, student council, and
Orchesis dance team. In her free time, Molly enjoys tap dancing and traveling. In 2004, she was presented with the Spirit Stick Award, the highest honor given at Glenbrook South, for outstanding achievement. She also attended the 2006 Tanglewood Percussion Workshop.

There will be no admission charged for the Monmouth appearance of Molly Yeh, but if you plan to bring a group, please call the Buchanan Center for the Arts at 734-3033 so that sufficient seating can be arranged.

OFTA stands for (Old Friends Talk Arts) and it programs talks and performances in all of the Visual and Performing Arts. It hosts regular gatherings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and periodic special evening events throughout the year. OFTA is partially supported by the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency.

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