Friday, February 01, 2008

OFTA Hosts Prof. Jim Betts of Monmouth College

You won’t have to sing along, but you will probably recognize some of the tunes if you attend the Wednesday, February 13th OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) program at 10:00 am at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth, IL.

Professor Jim Betts of the Monmouth College Music and Education departments will give a presentation titled “Musical Migrations.” He will be looking at some the fascinating paths that are taken when songs and musical themes are transported across time, culture, and geography.

Dr. Betts received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa, and bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Southern Illinois University. In addition to performing in classical and jazz groups on several instruments, Dr. Betts is active in the fields of computer music and sound, video production, and Web design, and holds a Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications.

OFTA is in its sixth year and presents programs relating to art and culture on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Buchanan Center. Admission is always free and refreshments are served. . If you have an idea for a program, please contact Jim De Young at 309-734-5529 or e-mail him at

OFTA is supported by grants from the Buchanan Center and the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency

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