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Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre

Welcome 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 Box Office if you have any questions or we may help you in planning your next visit to Gallipolis.

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2016 River Recreation Scholarship Pageant

160618 River Rec Poster THUMB

Saturday June 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm
River Recreation Scholarship Pageant

Purchase Tickets Starting June 1st
Note: One accompanying-adult ticket will be provided free for Little Miss and Little Mister contestants. Please call the box office to make reservation.

Join the historic Ariel-Dater Hall in welcoming the 2016 River Recreation Scholarship Pageant to our stage.  The evening will feature contestants for Queen, Jr. Queen, and Little Miss and Little Mister River Recreation.  To The Pointe Dance Studio will also perform.

Scholarships for this year’s pageant are being provided by River City Outdoor Advertising, The University of Rio Grande, and Westbanco.

For more information about the pageant entry,
contact Queen Pageant Chairperson Jamie Pratt at 740-339-2710.

Be sure to visit the local Gallipolis area sponsors to this fantastic community event! They include:
Mane Designers Salon & Spa • Floral Fashions • Gallipolis Career College
Halfelts Mill Outlet • Image Gallery • Gary Jarvis CPA
Jr. Womens Club • Kiwanis Club • Baskets Delight • The Beauty Bar

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The Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time!

160703 Tuba THUMB

Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1:00pm
FREE PARTICIPATION! – 1:00p.m. at the Ariel
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 1:00 p.m. for an on-stage rehearsal. Summer Tuba-Time music books will be available for purchase ($20) at rehearsal.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1:00pm
FREE CONCERT! – 4:30p.m. at the City Park
A fun time to be had by all! Join us at the 2016 River Recreation in Gallipolis City Park to celebrate Independence Day with the joyful sounds of 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

16-17 Season PosterPurchase Concert Tickets starting 4/15/16

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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David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra

160910 OVS David KimSeptember 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2015-16 season includes teaching/performance residencies at Oberlin College, Bob Jones University, and The Boston Conservatory of Music, continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras across the United States; multiple solo performances with the The Philadelphia Orchestra including the Brahms Double Concerto, the Beethoven Triple Concerto, and a New Year’s Eve performance of the Meditation from Thais with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting; and the launching of the first annual David Kim Orchestral Institute of Cairn University in Philadelphia where he is also a Professor of Violin Studies.

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Oboes on the Ohio, Dwight Parry, Oboe

161105 OVS Dwight ParryNovember 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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Dwight Parry is just rounding out his first decade as the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and was a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has performed as guest principal oboist with groups including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin. Originally from coastal Southern California, he found his passion for music studying piano, voice, and jazz saxophone. It was not until late in high school, however, that he began playing the oboe and truly found his calling.  He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack and at the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and David Weiss, a gentleman who also taught him to surf.

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The Christmas Show

161203 OVS Christmas ShDecember 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Purchase Concert Tickets starting 4/15/16

The Ohio Valley Symphony presents its most beloved holiday tradition, The Christmas Show! Order tickets early!

As part of the Ohio Valley Symphony’s mission to bring live, professional, orchestral music to the region and to instill a love of music — especially in children, the public is encouraged to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7–10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 1–4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Ariel. Open rehearsals are a great way to grow familiar with symphonic music, and they offer a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the preparation of an orchestral performance.

Single tickets to the Ohio Valley Symphony’s THE CHRISTMAS SHOW! cost $24, $22 (senior) and $12 (student). Tickets and more information are available at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre box office, 428 Second Ave., Gallipolis; by phone, (740) 446-2787 (ARTS); and through the Ariel website

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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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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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