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Ariel Opera HouseWelcome to the historic Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, permanent home to The Ohio Valley Symphony, in the heart of Gallipolis, Ohio. Explore our website for upcoming events, lessons and Ariel Children’s Chorus information, directions, and history! Be sure to contact the Ariel Opera House Box Office if you have any questions or we may help you in planning your next visit to Gallipolis.

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Auditions for “The Music Man”

1701617 Music Man PosterAuditions for The Music Man
Saturday, February 18, 2017
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The historic Ariel Opera House is pleased to announce the formation of The Ariel Singers who, along with The Ariel Children’s Chorus, plan to present Meredith Willson’s hit musical The Music Man — this season marking it’s 50th Anniversary.  This Tony award winning Broadway musical and Oscar winning movie is about a con man (Robert Preston) coming to a small midwestern town to sell band instruments and uniforms to unsuspecting parents, but falls in love with Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones), the town librarian and music teacher. The show is full of hit songs and features barbershop music at its best.

Auditions for the cast of over 30 individuals will be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre from 1-4 p.m. on February 18.  Cast members must be able to match pitch and sing either unison melody or soprano, alto, tenor or bass.  Rehearsals will begin Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m.  Cast members will include townspeople, a marching band, and individual roles for both children and adults.

The production will open on June 17, 2017.
 
Judy Cavendish, conductor of the choirs, will be the Musical Director of the production. Stage director, choreographer, and other technical staff will be announced soon.   For more information, contact Judy at (443) 204-5312.

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Addison Coldren Art Exhibition

170325 Addison ColdrenSaturday, March 25, 2017
at 4:00 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

The Ariel’s Artists and Authors Series welcomes local artist Addison Coldren who will be talking and answering questions about her works.  Her eye for the “small worlds” in nature is incorporated into her art – from silver jewelry design to photography.  Addison’s exhibit will feature several mordançage prints, a photographic process used to manipulate emulsion, as well as paintings, ceramics, and silver jewelry.bug

Addison is a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and a 2013 alumnus of River Valley High School in Bidwell, Ohio.  She has been involved in events at the Ariel Opera House in Gallipolis, Ohio since 2010 as both a seasonal employee and a volunteer.

Make an full evening of entertainment at the Ariel Opera House and purchase your tickets to the evening Ohio Valley Symphony concert Judy! featuring Joan Ellison, vocalist. Click here for ticket information!

 

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JUDY! Garland, Joan Ellison, Vocalist

170325 OVS Joan EllisonMarch 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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Joan Ellison has been praised for her “vocal prowess….[and] organic grasp of the classic songs” by Michael Feinstein, and “possess[ing] a crystalline voice that never stops” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer). She has been performing Garland tunes with symphony orchestras and in theaters for several years, but the 2016 TheatreZone (Naples, Florida) production of The Boy From Oz marked the first time she had ever actually played Judy.

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O.O. McIntyre Book Signing with Author R. Scott Williams

170422 A&A R. Scott WilliamsSaturday, April 22, 2017
at 4:30 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

Author Scott Williams will be holding a book signing as part of the Ariel’s Artists and Authors Series for the new release of his story of Gallipolis native O. O. McIntyre titled An Odd Book at the Ariel Opera House where copies of his book will be available for sale.  Scott will be talking and answering questions about his work. This comprehensive book tells the story of Odd McIntyre who achieved great fame and fortune in New York in the early decades of the 20th century. In his daily column “New York Day by Day” as well as articles in national magazines like Cosmopolitan and Life, Odd recorded a time and place undergoing great transition and innovation in communication, politics, art and entertainment.

In anticipation of the book, Williams has also launched several social media initiatives to help the public learn more about Odd McIntyre and his work. Photos of the people, places and pop culture icons that Odd covered in his daily column will be featured on Instagram, and short excerpts from Odd’s articles will be shared on Twitter. Williams noted, “Because Odd’s writing style frequently included short, cleverly written sentences, they still resonate remarkably well today in the 140-character Twitter format.” Additionally, other content about Odd McIntyre and “An Odd Book” will be shared on YouTube and Facebook.

Links to these social network accounts, along with much more information about Odd McIntyre, can be found at AnOddBook.com.

R. Scott Williams is chief operating officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Williams earned his degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. He then held positions at several advertising agencies and organizations, including Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., where he managed the communication for Graceland.

Make it an “O.O. McIntyre Day” and purchase your tickets to the evening Ohio Valley Symphony concert featuring another Gallipolis native, tenor Philip Armstrong, and the World Premiere of The O.O. McIntyre Suite. Click here for ticket information!

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The Homecoming, Philip Armstrong, tenor

170422 OVS Philip ArmstrongApril 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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A native of Bidwell Ohio, Philip Keith Armstrong’s musical interest began as a young child singing the
National Anthem, a capella, at all the home football & basketball games at area high schools & colleges.  He was awarded two full-time Presidential Scholarships to Shenandoah College & Conservatory of Music in VA and Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. Mr. Armstrong earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron.  As a soloist he has traveled extensively in the U.S. as a member of the widely acclaimed Central State University Singers, recording with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Amen: A Gospel Celebration with Jennifer Holiday, Maureen McGovern, Lou Rawls, and Gershwin: Selections from Porgy and Bess featuring Cab Calloway.  Both records were nominated for Grammy awards.  

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Barb White’s Piano Student Recital

170507 White Piano THUMB Rev BSunday, May 7, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free Concert, No Ticket Required

The historic Ariel Opera House presents a Piano Recital of students of local instructor Barb White. Join us for this free Sunday afternoon concert to be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre.

Admission is free ~ donations accepted at the door.

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13th Annual Tri-County Gospel Sing

170520 Tri County GospelMay 20, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Free Concert, No Ticket Required

Join the historic Ariel Opera House in welcoming the Tri-County Gospel Sing, presented by Pastor Rick Barcus of the Addison Free Will Baptist Church.

Featuring:
Brian’s Family Connection
Covered by Love • Dayspring
Fishermen’s Net Singers • Neal Family
New Creation • New Salvation • New Covenant
Ordinary People • Rick & Ginny Towe
Ricky & Marie Alley • Singing Shafers
Victory River Quartet • West Virginia Couriers
Brenda Hensley • Karen Polcyn
Lisa Browning •
Mike Cadle • Vickie Moore• Randy Parsons • Joint-Heirs

This concert is free to the public. A love offering will be collected. Doors open at 5 pm and the concert starts at 6 pm.

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Ariel’s Piano, Voice, & String Student Recital

170521 Ariel StudentsSunday, May 21, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free Concert, No Ticket Required

The historic Ariel Opera House presents a recital featuring Piano and Voice students of Judith Cavendish and String students of Elaine Swinney. Join us for this free Sunday afternoon concert to be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre.

For more information about Piano and Voice lessons offered at the Ariel, please visit this link.

For more information about Violin and Viola lessons offered at the Ariel, please visit this link.

Admission is free ~ donations accepted at the door.

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The Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time!

170703 Summer TubatimeMonday, July 3, 2016 at 4:00pm
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Tuba and Euphonium players of all ages can come join the fun! Musicians will meet at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre at 4:00 p.m. for an on-stage rehearsal. Summer Tuba-Time music books will be available for purchase ($20) at rehearsal.

Monday, July 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
FREE CONCERT! – 7:30 p.m. at the City Park
No tickets required.

A fun time to be had by all! Join us at the 2017 River Recreation in Gallipolis City Park to celebrate Independence Day with the joyful sounds of the Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time!

Summer Tuba-Time concerts are presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc.

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2016-17 Season Subscription! The Ohio Valley Symphony

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Join The Ohio Valley Symphony for the 27th Season featuring 5 exciting concerts in our home, Ariel-Dater Hall. Order subscriptions online or call the box office today at 740-446-ARTS!

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Jessie Cooper Memorial Fund

Jessie E. Cooper
1942-2014
Jessie E. Cooper, artist, entrepreneur, realtor, Interior Designer, world traveler and businesswoman, believed in the importance of beauty in our lives.
Click here to learn more about Jessie.

The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Cultural & Performing Arts Centre and The Ohio Valley Symphony are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, Federal Tax ID# 31-1273779

Marion Ford Memorial Fund

Marion Ford
Many Gallipolis residents remember studying piano with an extraordinarily gifted pianist, Marion Ford. Marion was a longtime resident of Gallipolis who touched many lives through music. It was her wish to continue reaching out to the community by setting up a memorial fund to carry on this joy of music and music education.
Click here to learn more about Marion.

The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Cultural & Performing Arts Centre and The Ohio Valley Symphony are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, Federal Tax ID# 31-1273779

Become a Sponsor of The Ohio Valley Symphony!

Your donation will be used to continue the programming of Southeastern Ohio's only professional Orchestra!
If desired, your name will be included in concert programs for the 2016-17 OVS Season. Levels of support are:
Friends, $50-99
Good Friends, $100-299
Note-ables, $250-499
Principals, $500-749
Concertmaster, $750-999
Bronze Baton, $1000-1999
Silver Baton, $2000-2999
Gold Baton, $3000-3999
Platinum Baton, $4000-4999
Maestro, $5000 and up

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Dr. Timothy Crouch
Maestro for a Moment
Candidate

Pleasant Valley Hospital's "Maestro"
Dr. Timothy Crouch
performed his Maestro for a Moment duties with impeccable flair! (AND played the accordian and piano!)
There's still time to make a tax-deductable donation
before the end of the year!

Maestro Candidate Basher Atai

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Dr. Bashar Atai
Maestro for a Moment
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Thank you! to candidate Dr. Bashar Atai, Holzer Health Systems, who helped to make this year's Maestro for a Moment Fundraiser a spectacular one!
There's still time to make a tax-deductable donation
before the end of the year!

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Mayor Matt Easter Maestro for a Moment Candidate

Mayor Matt Easter
Maestro for a Moment
Candidate

Thank you! to candidate Mayor Matt Easter, Mayor Extraordinaire of Rio Grande, who helped to make this year's Maestro for a Moment Fundraiser a spectacular one!
There's still time to make a tax-deductable donation
before the end of the year!