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An Evening with Dan Levenson

180508 Levenson Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.

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Clawhammer Banjo, Appalachian Fiddle, & Stories of the Road

Dan is one of this year’s recipients of the coveted Arizona Master Artist Award grants from the Southwest Folklife Alliance for his lifetime of achievements in the tradition of Appalachian Old Time music.

A modern day troubadour in the truest sense of the word, Dan is a full time musician who travels the country with fiddle and banjo, singing songs and telling stories of the road, his musical journey and his Southern Appalachian roots.

Dan is native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He now makes his home in Tucson, Arizona year round when he is not on the road.

Reserved seat tickets $15 adults & $10 students.

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14th Annual Tri-County Gospel Sing

180519 Tri County GospelMay 19, 2018 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.

West Virginia Couriers • Randy Parsons
Victory River Quartet • Singing Shafers
Karen Polcyn • Rick & Ginny Towe
New Covenant • Mike Cadle
New Creation • Vicki Moore
Brian’s Family Connection • The Dollys
Lisa Browning • The Neal Family
Ricky & Marie Alley • New Salvation
And more!

This year Old Hymns of the Church will be featured!

The 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 Spring Fling

Sunday, June 3, 2018
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 at Chautauqua

180616 Summer TubatimeSaturday, June 16, 2018 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 ($15 incl. tax) at rehearsal.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 6:30pm
FREE CONCERT! – 6:30 p.m. at the City Park
No tickets required.
A fun time to be had by all! Join us at the 2018 Chautauqua in Gallipolis City Park to celebrate history 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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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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Michael Johnathon’s Songs of Rural America, The Ohio Valley Symphony

181006 Songs ThumbOctober 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
$28 reserved seats

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MICHAEL JOHNATHON’S SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA comes to the historic Ariel Opera House for a special concert featuring THE OHIO VALLEY SYMPHONY.

“Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde

Among the throngs of musicians in the folk world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as Michael Johnathon.  From composing the Woody Guthrie Opera to writing the Walden play, creating the national Song Farmers movement to producing the wildly successful broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, solo concert tours of coffeehouses to recording his song The Dream about the earth at piece with a 61-piece orchestra and choirs in English, French, Spanish and Russian, his accomplishments can easily overshadow a very important point: Michael Johnathon is an excellent musician.

“Once upon a time, rural America was built on the music and conversation of families who relaxed at the end of the day playing music on their front porches,” says Johnathon from his log cabin home in Kentucky. “The front porch was the grand pulpit of every community, the gathering place for family, friends and neighbors. It was the greatest stage in the world, filled with musicians every evening singing together as the sun went down.”

He is quick to point out that America, as a community, has lost its sense of its own front porch.

“As soon as they invented TV and air conditioning, everybody fled inside,” he says.  “They don’t even build front porches on new homes any more. For the past 50 years, the great feng shui welcome of a new home was the garage door. The thing you leave by is what welcomes your friends.”

Among his many ongoing accomplishments is the sustained creation of an international, live audience syndicated broadcast called the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. The show airs on 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. It also airs on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 173 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world. The shows airs coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public TV series. Now Friday and Wednesday’s on RFDTV.  What is especially striking about the production is that it is completely volunteer run and available free of charge to schools and home school families with lesson plans.

World Premiere Performance
It is the success of WoodSongs that makes the broadcast recording of Songs of Rural America so important.  It will be not only recorded for broadcast on nearly 600 public radio stations, it will also air on American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations plus be filmed for a public television TV special.

The concept behind this concert tour is to bring a sense of America’s front porch spirit onto classical orchestra stages nationwide. The concert at the historic Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in Gallipolis, Ohio is the world premiere of the tour.

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