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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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2016-17 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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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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153rd Emancipation Day Celebration

160916 Emancipation Day CelebrationFriday, September 16, 2016
6:00 pm – Homecoming Reception, 2nd Floor
7:00 pm – Featured Performance, Auditorium

Free Admission

The Gallia County Emancipation Board will honor and dedicate the 2016 Homecoming Reception and Concert in memory of Board Member and Area Philanthropist George “Ray” McKinniss who passed away December 2015. The 2016 Homecoming Reception and Concert will be held Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Ariel-Dater Hall located at 426 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio beginning at 6:00 pm.

History of the Annual Emancipation Day

The Emancipation Proclamation has been celebrated and observed in Gallia County, Ohio continuously since 1863. The Gallia County Emancipation Day Celebration is reported to be one of the longest continuous running celebrations of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States.

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Bring Your Friends Concert! Ariel Children’s Chorus

161009 ACCOctober 9, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free Concert

The Historic Ariel Theatre presents The Ariel Children’s Chorus Concert under the direction of Judith Cavendish with accompanist Barb White. Join us for this free concert which will also feature students of piano and voice.

Admission is free ~ donations accepted at the door.

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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.

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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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Ariel’s Merry Tubachristmas!

161210 Tubachristmas Join the fun at the ARIEL’S MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!
December 10, 2016
Concert starts at 2 pm!

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS is celebrating its 43nd Anniversary (1974-2016). Created by Harvey Phillips, MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 2015 will be presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract participants aged 8 to over 90 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience!
Come and Listen 100% FREE!
TUBACHRISTMAS is 100% FREE for audience members who just want to come in to our hall and experience the event. It’s sure to be loads of fun, and will get you in the Christmas Spirit! Always the second Saturday in December at 2 pm.


Join in the Fun and PLAY ALONG!
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Bring your Tuba, Baritone, Euphonium, or other big brass buddy and join in the fun at the Ariel Theatre! Participants pay  as little as $10 to participate, and there are lots of souvenirs and books available! Register at the door, or save time and complete the form below to Pre-Register!

Registration begins at 10:30am ~ Rehearsal begins at 11:00am

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27th Annual Brittany’s Prom Style Review

170122 27th-PromSunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Brittany’s 27th Annual Prom Style Review

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Join the historic Ariel Theatre in welcoming Brittany’s Fashions and students from area high schools to the main stage. The audience is in for a treat!

All proceeds of this spectacular event benefit the continuing restoration of the historic Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre. Brittany’s owner Kay Hardway is excited to again showcase teens from 8 area high schools modeling the new 2016 prom styles.


Get your tickets early!

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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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Jessie Cooper Memorial Fund

Jessie E. Cooper
Jessie E. Cooper, artist, entrepreneur, realtor, Interior Designer, world traveler and businesswoman, believed in the importance of beauty in our lives.
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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