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The Christmas Show! The Ohio Valley Symphony

171202 OVS xmas THUMB Rev EDecember 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Ariel Opera House will be filled with merry music as we usher in a month filled with joyful entertainment to share with your family and friends. We ring in the holidays with The Ohio Valley Sympony’s beloved Christmas Show! (always the first Saturday in December). Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to order extras when purchasing your season subscription seats!

Gift Certificates for The Ohio Valley Symphony concerts are available for that special someone on your Christmas list! Call the box office today!

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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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Love Songs featuring Risa Renae Harman, soprano

180428 Risa THUMB NRev EApril 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

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American soprano Risa Renae Harman, as noted by The New York Times, “is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist.” A versatile singer who navigates a wide range of repertoire, she has appeared as soloist in Samuel Barber’s The Prayers of Kierkegaard at the Kennedy Center with The Washington Chorus, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with The Philadelphia Singers at the Kimmel Center and Alice Tully Hall, Handel’s Laudate pueri with The National Cathedral Choral Society, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate at the Kennedy Center, Verdi’s Requiem with The Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 with The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and solo recitals at the Brooklyn Library and the acclaimed Trinity Church.

Recent engagements for Miss Harman include

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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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THE STORY OF JOHN GEE: The Ariel’s Black History Celebration

170212 John Gee Ariel's Black HistorySunday, February 12, 2017
at 2:00 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

The Story of John Gee, Hero of Gallipolis, is presented as part of the Ariel Opera House’s celebration of Black History month. Gee was born in Cincinnati in 1798 and came to Gallipolis between 1818 and 1822 as a free African American. Intelligent, industrious, hard-working and gifted in several areas, Gee built up his business building fine houses (some of which are still standing today), raised a large family, was active in his church and was a philanthropist. He donated the land for the “Colored Cemetery” and for his church. He built sidewalks in the town where he was the largest landowner of the time, all of this while living on the border of a slave state. At night, he was a known conductor of the Underground Railroad rescuing countless numbers of men, women and children desperate to escape slavery. Join us as historian Elaine Armstrong weaves the story and The Ohio Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet performs music of the times including that of African American composer William Grant Still.

This is a free event!

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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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