Violinist to tape show for NPR

By PHILLIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

Sitting across the table from Molly Rogers, it's easy to tell she's much like any other 14-year-old girl. At first she's a little nervous answering questions about herself, punctuating her responses with appropriate "Yes sir" and "No sir." She sometimes looks to her mother, Mary Anna, to elaborate on her answers.

But when she removes her violin from its case, nestles it lovingly beneath her chin and begins to play, it's all Molly - there's no shyness ... and she appears to be 8 feet tall as she coaxes rich tones from the instrument as effortlessly as she draws the bow across its four strings.

The term "prodigy" wasn't heard in our conversations last week, but I've got to believe Molly is one. She's been playing the violin since she was 5, having started with Rosetta Rush in her Suzuki classes here. At age 9, Rush told Mary Anna and John Rogers she'd taken their daughter about as far as she could and recommended she contact the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to continue her training.

The fruits of those labors have been rewarding as Molly is in great demand as a solo and ensemble performer and will pay off again with national exposure on National Public Radio's From the Top, a showcase for America's best young classical musicians.

The program will be recorded live at the University of Louisville's Comstock Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors. For tickets and information about the live tapings call (502) 852-0524. The series is heard on WUOL 90.5FM, every Sunday from 6-7 p.m. and on WEKU 88.9FM Sundays from 4-5 p.m. Molly's performance will air on May 2.

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