South Korean opera singer visits Books, Brushes and Band for Education students

2014-02-26T00:00:00Z South Korean opera singer visits Books, Brushes and Band for Education studentsDamian Rico, The Times
February 26, 2014 12:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | Yohan Yi has a powerful voice and he is not afraid to share it.

The South Korean operatic bass-baritone recently spent the afternoon with students from local nonprofit Books, Brushes and Bands for Education and encouraged them to keep a passion for education and music close to their hearts.

“Everyday I learn something new,” Yi said. “You never know what opportunities are in store for you. You have to keep exercising your talents and keep working hard."

Yi spent 90 minutes before his rehearsal at Bethel Church in Crown Point, where he performed with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, talking about music, and the celebrities he’s met, including actor Russell Crowe and fellow opera singer Placido Domingo, and his inspiring musical journey.

Yi also answered questions and listened to a few students sing, offering them some constructive and honest criticism.

“It’s very important to have direction and to remember to keep breathing,” said Yi. “Breathing is very important. It is very important to surround yourself with encouraging people."

Many of BBB4E's students sang for Yi and welcomed his critique.

"I think it's great that Yi found the time to visit us," said Rosa Cortez. "It is very appreciated and we are thankful for this wonderful opportunity."

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