Saint Louis Symphony’s “superfan” George Yeh

Posted on: August 30, 2011

In Sunday’s (8/28) St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Bryan Miller writes, “He doesn’t sing. He doesn’t play an instrument professionally. He doesn’t work for an arts organization. But George Yeh is a ubiquitous part of classical music in St. Louis. ‘If we have a No. 1 fan, I think you could safely say that George is that fan,’ says Adam Crane, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra vice president for external affairs. ‘I see him here every weekend. I hear from him on Facebook. He posts on the Dress Circle forum (on stltoday.com). He always has strong opinions. … He’s a superfan, and we need more of those.’ Yeh, 44, is self-educated in music. The elder of two sons of Chinese immigrant parents, he was born in New York City but grew up outside Philadelphia. He came here in 1992 for graduate work in chemistry at Washington University and stayed. It took him only a year to become a regular at Powell Symphony Hall. … He ushers at the Sheldon and volunteers at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, at the new Missouri Chamber Music Festival and at the Shakespeare Festival. … Yeh has had his own radio program since grad school on Washington University’s student-run station, KWUR (90.3 FM, kwur.com).”

Posted August 30, 2011