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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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James Lee Dailey Memorial

Born September 5, 1934 in Gallipolis, OH to the late Harold Elmer and Edna Lee McKean Dailey. He had one brother William Dailey, who preceded him in death. He later lived in Hilliard and Russell’s Point/Indian Lake, OH.

After a short illness, he passed away peacefully on September 21, 2017 surrounded bJim Daileyy family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Dailey, Hilliard, OH; 2 daughters: Mandy Goble (Robert), Bellefontaine, OH, Jane Dailey, New Albany, Indiana; 2 stepchildren: Debbie (Steve) Caudill, Hilliard, OH, Steve (Kathy) Mullins (Chillicothe, OH); 2 Grandchildren, Eric (Alexis) Goble, Michelle Goble and 5 step grandchildren: Matt Shinkle, Erik (Chelsea) Mullins, Sara Mullins, Jimmy Caudill, Meghan Caudill; 2 sisters: Sue (Philip) Miller and Sally (Brian) Lanier; his former wife, Juanita Evans and multiple other family members who loved him dearly.

Jim graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1952, where he played football, was active in many organizations and was later instrumental in the establishment of the Gallia Academy Alumni Association.

Jim attended both Ohio Wesleyan where he played football and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi and The Ohio State University before graduating from The Ohio State College of Dentistry in 1959.

Jim practiced as a dentist in Gallipolis until 1976.

Jim worked at the Ohio Valley Bank for 35 years, where he served as Director, President, CEO, Chairman and Director Emeritus of the Ohio Valley Bank Corp Board until his death.

Throughout his life he was active in many local organizations and passionately believed in “paying it forward”.
In his early years, Jim was an active member of the Lions Club, worked as an Ohio High School Football Referee, was instrumental in the establishment of the Gallipolis Midget League Football program, served on the Rio Grande College Community College Board of Directors and was an active Rio Grande Athletic Booster Club Member.

Throughout his life, Jim was an active supporter of both local and state-wide 4-H youth, where he was instrumental in establishing the Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Youth Scholarship program, which has provided educational financial assistance to countless local area students. He also served on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, was instrumental in the development of the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center located at The Ohio State University and in 1996, was inducted into the 4-H Youth Development Hall of Fame.

Jim was instrumental in the development of the Ariel Opera House, providing encouragement, support and raising funds for the restoration.

In 2003, he received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Foundation of Appalachian, OH and in 2005 he received the Ohio State University Gerlach Development Volunteer Award.

Jim had a passion for his family, helping others, Ohio State University football and Ireland, his ancestral home which he visited several times.
He will always be remembered for his generosity to others, his candy cane cookies and for playing Santa Clause for his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM. Saturday September 30, 2017 at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

To make a donation in Memory of Jim Dailey, please click on the button below.
The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Cultural & Performing Arts Centre and The Ohio Valley Symphony are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, Federal Tax ID# 31-1273779





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Carl Michael Magic & Illusion

17102122 Carl MichaelSaturday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m.

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The art of magic is making the impossible possible. To bring the audience out of their everyday world and connect them to what lies beyond. Surprise, shock and astonishment are simply the means to a greater goal: to awaken the sense of mystery and awe that lies dormant in all of us.

For millennia, the secrecy, inexplicably and mystery of magic and illusion have enraptured mankind, tapping into the primal human yearning to pierce the veil of reality. In every age, great performers have emerged to update and redefine this most ancient of art forms. Carl Michael is such a performer.cm icons

From childhood, Carl Michael has immersed himself in the study and practice of magic and illusion. His voracious quest for perfection, relentless work ethic, enormous talent, and astonishing skill and creativity have yielded one of the most brilliant young illusionists of our day.

We invite you to enter the world of Carl Michael. It is a world where everything you know is wrong, what is real and what is illusion merge into a new kind of possibility, a new take on reality.

Your journey awaits you. We invite you to begin. carlmichaelmagic.com

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Scheherazade, The Ohio Valley Symphony

171104 OVS Sher THUMB Rev ENovember 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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The rich and exotic colors painted by the orchestra along with numerous lush and memorable melodies, combine to make the exotic musical tale of Scheherazade an audience favorite since its premiere in 1888. Rimsky-Korsakov set out to paint an Oriental picture using music to tell the tale of a Sultan who put to death each wife he married. Scheherazade was clever enough to spin a never ending tale so that each night her life was spared for a thousand and one nights when the Sultan finally saw the error of his ways and repudiated his bloody vow and spared her life. This hugely popular piece has been used for ballets, numerous figure skater’s routines, given lyrics for use as popular vocal selections and been performed and recorded by orchestras the world over.

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Francesco Attesti, The Goldberg Variations

171107 RoteryNovember 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Rotary Clubs of Gallipolis, Ohio and Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia are please to present Italian pianist Francesco Attesti on the stage of the historic Ariel Opera House were he will perform The Goldberg Variations BWV 988. The Goldberg Variations is a work written by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.

Francesco Attesti (Cortona, June 6, 1975) is an Italian pianist of international acclaim. Among his generation of musicians, he is considered one of the finest interpreters of the Romantic and early Twentieth Century Repertoire.

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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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