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Welcome to the historic Ariel Opera House

Ariel Opera HouseWelcome 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 Opera House Box Office if you have any questions or we may help you in planning your next visit to Gallipolis.

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2017-18 Season Subscription! The Ohio Valley Symphony

17-18 OVS SeasonOn Sale Now!

Join The Ohio Valley Symphony for the 28th Season featuring 5 exciting concerts in our home, the historic Ariel Opera House.

The season kicks off with featured soloist, violinist David Kim on September 9. The Ariel will be filled with the exciting sounds of The Ohio Valley Symphony presenting Scherheraze on November 4th.  Get ready for the holidays with the ever popular and ever favorite The “Christmas Show” on December 2nd! Be sure to order extra tickets for your friends and family — this one sells out quickly!  Spring 2018 brings pianist Thomas Pandolfi to the stage on March 24. We wrap up the season with the sweet sounds of “Love Songs” with soprano Risa Renea Harman on April 28th.

Order subscriptions now! Click the button above to enter the Etix payment portal to select your new season seats -or- you can use the Paypal to let us choose or renew your seats from last season. Just click the READ MORE button below to begin your order.

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The Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time!

170703 Summer TubatimeMonday, July 3, 2016 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 ($20) at rehearsal.

Monday, July 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
FREE CONCERT! – 7:30 p.m. at the City Park
No tickets required.

A fun time to be had by all! Join us at the 2017 River Recreation in Gallipolis City Park to celebrate Independence Day 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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DREW HASTINGS- Comedian, Mayor, Farmer & Author

170714 Drew HastingsFriday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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Join the Ariel Opera House in welcoming the most unlikely farmer and Mayor you’ve ever met, Drew Hastings.

As a Comedian, Drew Hastings has been a well-known standup for 20-plus years with television comedy specials, Tonight Show appearances, and a regular favorite on the National Bob & Tom Radio Show.  As a Farmer. A lifelong, loft living, city dweller, he left Los Angeles at age 50 to take up farming in rural Ohio which he describes as “Farmageddon”.  As Mayor: he was just re-elected as Mayor of the small, rural City of Hillsboro, Ohio, where his politically incorrect candor would get most elected officials recalled, (they’ve tried twice) yet somehow he thrives.wbyg logo

WBYG 99.5 & K92FM’s Tom Payne and Steven Figiel will be on hand to host the show! Don’t miss the laughs – get your tickets today!

Sponsored by WBYG 99.5FM, Big Country

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Mendelssohn featuring David Kim, violin

170909 OVS Kim THUMB Rev ESeptember 9, 2017 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 2016-17 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on their summer tour of Asia; adjudicating at the Stulberg International String Competition; teaching/performance residencies at Bob Jones University, Grove City College, Messiah College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music;

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154th Emancipation Day Celebration

170915 Emancipationn CelebrationFriday, September 15, 2016
6:00 pm – Homecoming Reception, 2nd Floor
7:00 pm – Featured Performance, Auditorium

Free Admission-No Ticket Necessary

The 2017 Homecoming Reception and Concert will be held Friday, September 16, 2017 at the historic Ariel Opera House 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.

Historically, the celebration originally was always celebrated on the 22nd of September. This coincided with President Lincoln’s historic signing of the Emancipation Proclamation which declared slaves “thenceforth and forever more free.” It was conducted in a religious atmosphere. Activities & games such as baseball, sack racing, hog calling and greasy pole climbing were included to stimulate the interest and maintain enthusiasm. Bands, famous orators, politicians, parades, dance and queen contests were also included in the celebration.

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