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Mel Simon, M.D. Book Signing for TWO RIVERS A WORLD APART

181103 A&A Simon thumbSaturday, November 3, 2018
at 4:00 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

Two Rivers, a World Apart is the autobiography of Dr. Mel Simon; as a young boy who spent most of his life by the banks the Pigalo River in his native country, the Philippines, and as a young man by the banks of the Ohio River in continental USA.  Both rivers serve as the backdrop in this story of a young boy searching for the American dream.  Against all odds he managed to overcome struggles through sheer determination and hard work. And above all, he has continued to believe that his deep faith and trust in the Almighty has propelled him to higher accomplishments.

Mel’s boyhood pledge to give back to his adopted community, as well as give back to the poor people in his native country, was fulfilled by using as a platform his membership with the oldest and greatest service organization in the world, the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation. Through Dr. Simon’s affiliations “Operation We Care” was born.  He along with his team of surgeons, doctors, nurses, and health-care givers, have been able to carry out over thirty years of medical, surgical, and dental missions in the islands of the Philippines.  These are in addition to his unceasing efforts to improve villages and curtail gastrointestinal diseases by donating surgical equipment and hospital supplies as well as constructing several deep water wells.  He also supports literacy and feeding programs for undernourished schoolchildren.

Dr. Simon has been recognized for his work not only by the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation but also by five previous presidents of the Philippines.

Several establishments have been named for Dr. Simon, including the Dr. Mel P. Simon and Lydia Chemistry Lab at the University of Rio Grande, the surgical ward of the Region One Medical Center in Dagupan, Philippines, and others.

Dr. Simon was also nominated for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 24, 2010, by the Governor of the State of Ohio for establishing the French 500 Free Clinic – a project utilizing five volunteer physicians, as well as nurses, and health-care givers – which extends help to poor, uninsured, or underinsured patients.

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HOLLYWOOD SOUNDS

181103 OVS November 3, 2018
at 7:30 p.m.

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Keitaro Harada is a dazzling presence on the podium and conducts the Cincinnati Symphony and around the world. He is bringing with him the stunning violin prodigy Christina Nam to perform Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto. Included in this November 3rd concert, Harada is presenting composer Matt Jackfert for a world premiere of two works.

Conductor Keitaro Harada

Conductor Keitaro Harada continues to be recognized at the highest levels for his artistic abilities and passion for musical excellence. As a three-time recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2014, 2015, 2016), Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview (2013), the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, a student of Lorin Maazel at Castleton Festival and Fabio Luisi at Pacific Music Festival, Harada’s credentials are exemplary.

In his third season as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, Harada regularly assists Music Director Louis Langrée and conducts the CSO, POPS, and World Piano Competition, and assists James Conlon and Juanjo Mena for the May Festival. Keitaro also holds the position of Associate Conductor of the Arizona Opera.

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THE CHRISTMAS SHOW!

181201 OVS Concert December 1, 2018
at 7:30 p.m.

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Gallipolis’ own Steven Huang will be leading the symphony for the annual Christmas Show! on December 1st with a heartwarming selection of your holiday favorites. Soprano Melissa Brobeck and tenor Kelly Burns will add to the beautiful sounds of your favorite selections. This is one of the most popular concerts of the year, so be sure to purchase extra tickets with your subscription so friends and relatives can sit close by your season seats!

Conductor Steven Huang

Maestro Steven Huang has conducted orchestras and operas across the country and throughout the world. At the age of twenty-one, he served as Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard University, where he received his undergraduate degree. While at Harvard, Mr. Huang also directed the Lowell House Opera (the oldest continuously running opera company in New England), in a critically acclaimed production of Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

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THE EMPEROR

September 8, 2018
at 7:30 p.m.

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Tim Berens has graced our stage several times as an OVS soloist, but on September 8th he shows us another facet of his talents as he returns to conduct a fabulous all-Beethoven program. He brings with him colleague Michael Chertock to spark some fireworks with The Emperor piano concerto.

Guitarist, arranger, conductor Tim Berens

Tim Berens’s multi-faceted career gives testament to his lifelong quest to learn, perform and write music. So far, his venture has led him through the worlds of classical guitar, jazz guitar, orchestral guitar, arranging, orchestration, composition, and conducting.

During his years as the guitarist for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Tim played guitar, banjo, mandolin and bouzouki on concerts, recordings, television programs, and tours. Beginning in the late 1990’s, Tim began arranging for the CPO, eventually becoming the orchestra’s principal arranger.

Tim’s arrangements caught the ears of others and he began receiving commissions from many leading conductors and major orchestras. His arrangements are performed hundreds of times per year by orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Hollywood Bowl. Tim’s arrangements receive praise from conductors, musicians, librarians, management, and listeners.

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The Piano featuring Thomas Pandolfi, piano

180324 Pandolfi THUMB Rev EMarch 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

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American pianist THOMAS PANDOLFI is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally in the “Pops” genre, Thomas’ critically acclaimed performances of Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Concerto in F (Gershwin), Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell) and the James Bond Concerto (Proctor) are immensely popular.

Among his engagements during the 2015-16 season, were as guest soloist with The National Philharmonic,

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TWELFTH NIGHT – Presented by Rio Grande University

180413-14 PosterFriday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and
Saturday, April 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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A stormy night on Lake Michigan leaves twins Sebastian and Viola shipwrecked and each believing the other dead. Viola finds her way as a single woman in the small town of Illyria outside Chicago in 1920 by disguising herself as her brother and working for the prestigious Orsino. Shakespeare’s work lends itself to accommodate any time period as has been proven over and over again in theatrical presentations and film adaptations. The students in Dr. Elizabeth Brown’s Shakespeare in Performance class at the University of Rio Grande have enthusiastically worked toward recruiting fellow students, teachers, and community actors to explore the staging of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in a jazzy What You Will underground club owned by the elegant Olivia. Come and be entertained by celebrated verse complemented by a little roar.

General Admission seating $5 at the Ariel Opera House Box Office the night of the show!

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