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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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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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Barb White’s Piano Student Recital

180506 White PianoSunday, May 6, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free Concert, No Ticket Required

The historic Ariel Opera House presents a Piano Recital of students of local instructor Barb White. Join us for this free Sunday afternoon concert to be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre.

Admission is free ~ donations accepted at the door.

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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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