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Congratulations to 2013’s Maestro for a Moment!

Ellen Garling was given the honor of being Maestro for a Moment as a result of the 2012-2013 season’s fundraiser, congratulations, and thank you for your support!

Thanks also goes to our other two fabulous candidates, Patrick O’Donnell and John Holland!

And of course to everyone who donated funds for their chosen candidates!

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Broadway! Steve Amerson, Tenor

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Steve Amerson, tenor

Steve Amerson has established a reputation as a superior tenor with a vocal flexibility that allows him to feel at home in both popular/contemporary music and classical literature. With the wealth and depth of his performance experience, he is known as America’s Tenor. He has been featured with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl and at Carnegie Hall. Along with his concert schedule, which includes 50-60 Christmas, Broadway, patriotic and sacred concerts each year, Steve does studio singing for various recording projects, movies, commercials and television shows. His voice can be heard on over 160 feature films.

Mambo from West Side Story Bernstein
Tonight/Something’s Coming from West Side Story Sondheim, Bernstein, Winch, Krogstad
This Is the Moment from Jekyll and Hyde Bricusse, Wildhorn, Krogstad
On the Street Where You Live/
If I Loved You from My Fair Lady/ Carousel
Lerner, Hammerstein II, Loewe, Rodgers, Kenton
Into the Fire from The Scarlet Pimpernel Knighthorn, Wildhorn, Redford
Shenandoah, American Folk Song arr. Krogstad
The Impossible Dream from The Man of La Mancha Darion, Leigh, Krogstad
Overture to The Roar of Greasepaint- The Smell
of the Crowd
Bricusse and Newley
A Wonderful Day/Nothing Can Stop Me Now
from The Roar of the Greasepaint
Bricusse, Newley, Krogstad
Hold On from The Secret Garden Norman, Simon, Krogstad
Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Misérables Kretzmer, Boublil, Schönberg, Krogstad
Bring Him Home from Les Misérables Kretzmer, Boublil, Schönberg,Winch
We Can Be Kind from Listen to My Heart Friedman, Krogstad
You’ll Never Walk Alone /Climb Every Mountain
from Carousel/The Sound of Music
Hammerstein II, Rodgers, Winch
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Press Release: After 115 Years, Dvorak Concerto Gets Regional Debut

Poster showing Joseph Johnson and prices for OVS DvorakBy Thomas Consolo

It was a busy year in 1895: In New York City, Antonin Dvorak put the finishing touches on his cello concerto. In Gallipolis, ground was broken for the Ariel Opera House. Fast forward 115 years, and the two finally get to meet.

Dvorak’s concerto, the biggest blockbuster of the solo cello repertoire, receives its regional premiere Nov. 6 as the centerpiece of an all-Dvorak program by the Ohio Valley Symphony. OVS music director Ray Fowler conducts the 8 p.m. performance at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in Gallipolis. Joseph Johnson takes on the challenge of the concerto as guest soloist.

The concert is the orchestra’s “home opener,” since restoration construction at the Ariel made it unavailable in October.

Dvorak is an audience favorite thanks to his seemingly bottomless supply of beautiful melodies. The United States has a special soft spot for his music thanks to the masterpieces — like the “New World” symphony and the “American” string quartet — he wrote during his three years here. The cello concerto was the last major work completed before Dvorak moved back to his native Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic), and it shows the composer at the height of his powers. It requires the same mastery of the cellists who play it.

Fowler loves Dvorak’s music, too, but he said he didn’t set out to build an all-Dvorak program. He said the rest of the evening — movements from the Serenade for Strings and from the two sets of Slavonic Dances — fell together naturally around the concerto and Johnson.

Finding Johnson, former principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and now in his first season as principal of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was a lucky accident for Fowler. The conductor said he heard of Johnson because he had worked with a violinist whose playing Fowler likes and respects. Of the cellist, he said, “His playing is so very, very solid.”

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Johnson earned his master’s degree from Northwestern University. In addition to his Toronto position, he is principal of the Sante Fe Opera orchestra. Johnson recently completed a special recording project called the Cello Collection. Published in three volumes, it presents cello literature appropriate for recitals featuring companion recordings by Johnson.

November’s portrait of Dvorak reflects the OVS mission to bring great music played by great artists to southeast Ohio — all while making orchestral music easy to love. The public is encouraged to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Open rehearsals are an excellent way for young and old alike to grow comfortable with symphonic music. They’re also a great glimpse behind the scenes at what goes into preparing an orchestral performance.

Single tickets to the Ohio Valley Symphony’s all-Dvorak night are $22, $20 (senior) and $10 (students) and are available through the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre box office, 428 Second Ave., Gallipolis, Ohio. Subscriptions to all four remaining 2010-11 OVS concerts also are still available. For more information, visit the OVS Web site, www.ohiovalleysymphony.org, or call (740) 446-2787 (ARTS).

Further funding for the Ohio Valley Symphony is provided by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment.

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2017-2018 Maestro for a Moment Fundraiser

The Ohio Valley Symphony’s annual Maestro for a Moment Fundraiser is one of the highlights of the season for both audience and orchestra! Each season three candidates vie for the opportunity to conduct the orchestra during the The Christmas Show! in a rousing rendition of Sleigh Ride! This year’s candidates are Jan Bergdoll, representing Pleasant Valley Hospital; Matt Traywick, representing Traywick Financial Services; and Ryan Yavorsky, representing Holzer Health Systems.

Click the “read more” below to learn more about the candidates and to make your tax-deductible donation now!

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2012 Hobgoblin Halloween Show

The Ohio Valley Symphony’s Musical Treat
Saturday, November 3, 2012

Some of the ghosts and goblins that will haunt the Ohio Valley on Halloween won’t go home right away. They’ll hide in the dark corners of the Ariel Theatre, waiting for one more night of fun with The Ohio Valley Symphony.

The orchestra’s members — including music director Ray Fowler on the podium — trade their tails and bow ties for whimsical or ghoulish costumes as they offer concert-goers a full plate of musical tricks and treats. This year’s musical mayhem begins at 8 p.m. November 3 at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in downtown Gallipolis.

It’s all part of the OVS philosophy of making orchestral music easy to love, according to the orchestra’s executive director, Lora Lynn Snow. “It gives the audience a chance to see all the people up there on stage performing live music and it gives us a chance to show off our individual personalities.”

The eclectic musical menu serves up equal measures of audience favorites from the concert hall and the movie theater. Centerpiece to the program is the suite from Igor Stravinsky’s breakout ballet, The Firebird. Full of first-ever musical effects, it retells the old Russian tale of a magical creature who helps a young prince defeat an evil sorcerer to win the princess he loves. The suite has been an audience favorite since its first performance.

Also from the classical world, Fowler and the OVS offer Johann Strauss’ sparkling Overture to Die Fledermaus (The Bat), the Infernal Galop — better known as the Can-can — from Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and an excerpt of American composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, the Romantic, used in the sci-fi horror classic Alien. The concert’s namesake piece, “Hobgoblin,” comes from the Symphonic Sketches by the pioneering American composer George Chadwick.

The rest of the program celebrates the American tradition of spooky movies with suites from Jaws, the film that kept America out of the water, and Harry Potter, both written by the dean of American film music, John Williams. And since magic isn’t all scary, there’s a take on “Witchcraft,” the Cy Coleman standard from 1957.

As part of the Ohio Valley Symphony’s mission to bring live, professional, orchestral music to the region and to instill a love of music — especially in children, the public is encouraged to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7–10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and 1–4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Ariel. Open rehearsals are a great way to grow familiar with symphonic music, and they offer a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the preparation of an orchestral performance.
Single tickets to the Ohio Valley Symphony’s HOBGOBLIN cost $22, $20 (senior) and $10 (student). Tickets and more information are available at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre box office, 428 Second Ave., Gallipolis; by phone, (740) 446-2787 (ARTS); and through the Ariel website www.arieltheatre.org.

Funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided in part by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment. Further support is provided through the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically, with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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2011 SUMMER ELIZABETH CONCERT – Deborah Henson-Conant

The grand finale will include the “1812 Overture” and “Stars & Stripes Forever” complete with fireworks.

For the third straight year, the Ohio Valley Symphony will help celebrate the Fourth of July with a free concert in Gallipolis City Park.

Joining the OVS and music director Ray Fowler at 8 p.m. will be Deborah Henson-Conant, the “hip harpist” who will return to the area in October for the OVS’s season opener at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School. It will be the first time an OVS soloist has appeared twice in the same year.

“Aside from the fact that she’s perfect for a July 4 event, I’m looking at it as an opportunity,” said Fowler. “There are people who keep peeking into the Ariel and not quite cracking the door open. When they hear Deborah on July 4, though, they’ll want to hear her again.”

Henson-Conant is a composer, performer, singer, songwriter, author, cartoonist, entertainer, comedian and electric harpist — all rolled into one. She’s put on a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, opened for Ray Charles, toured with the Boston Pops and released a dozen albums from Latin jazz to Celtic to blues.

She’s also revolutionized her instrument with a custom-made, 36-string electric “harness harp.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to be back for another Fourth of July concert,” said Lora Lynn Snow, the orchestra’s executive director. “It’s a great time for the whole family, so bring some chairs and head to downtown Gallipolis.”

— Thomas Consolo

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2010 SUMMER ELIZABETH CONCERT – J. Mark McVey

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McVey-J.-Mark

The grand finale will include the “1812 Overture” and “Stars & Stripes Forever” complete with fireworks.

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2009 SUMMER ELIZABETH CONCERT – Bryon Stripling

Bryon Stripling, The Music of Louis Armstrong from “Satchmo”

Stripling will perform the music of Louis Armstrong as seen in his Broadway show “Satchmo.” The grand finale will include the “1812 Overture” and “Stars & Stripes Forever” complete with fireworks.

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The Christmas Show!, December 4, 2010

Poster showing gold christmas decorationSponsored by Holzer Clinic

Arrangements by Leroy Anderson, Carmon Dragon and Jeff Tyzik of seasonal favorites.

Canadian Brass Christmas Henderson/Custer
Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming Anderson
There is a Rose in Flower Brahms/Leinsdorf
A Carol Symphony Hely-Hutchinson
Men of Goodwill Britten
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Dragon
O Tannenbaum Dragon
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella Anderson
The Snow Maiden Rimsky-Korsakov
The Christmas Song Torme
White Christmas Berlin
The Toy Trumpet Scott/Wendel
A Christmas Overture Tyzik
Sleigh Ride Anderson

 

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America the Beautiful, October 4, 2008

Richard Glazier

Richard Glazier is one of today’s foremost interpreters of the American Popular Songbook and most closely associated with music of George and Ira Gershwin. According to one critic, “Richard Glazier has Gershwin in his soul.” Trained in the classics, Glazier earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Indiana University School of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded the 2007 Alumni Achievement Award.

A childhood fan letter to Ira Gershwin began a three-year correspondence with the lyricist and culminated in a 1975 invitation to Gershwin’s Beverly Hills home. Glazier says, “The brilliant man….America’s best known lyricist, could not have been nicer to me or more encouraging. This meeting literally changed the course of my life, and it gives me enormous pleasure to tell [the Gershwin’s] stories and play their music for audiences everywhere.”

Gershwin Piano Concerto in F Major
Buck The Star Spangled Banner
Tyzik Amazing Grace
Dragon America the Beautiful
Tyzik The Essential Ellington
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Opening Night, September 26, 2009

Elizabeth Pitcairn with the Red Violin

Elizabeth Pitcairn with the Red Violin

Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn brings the Red Stradivarius to the Ohio River Valley!

The concert will be held at the Lillian and Paul Wedge Auditorium at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School in Point Pleasant, W.V. The OVS helped celebrate the hall’s opening with a concert in October. “It’s a wonderful facility,” Snow said. “and we’re really excited to come back to see out neighbors across the river.”

Visit Elizabeth’s website

West Virginia Public Radio Interview

WSAZ TV Interview

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Saint-Saens and Sarasate
Havanaise Saint-Saens and Sarasate
Carmen Fantasy Saint-Saens and Sarasate
Happy Birthday Variations Pine
My Toy Balloon Slonimsky
Divertimento for Orchestra Bernstein
Let ‘Em Eat Cake Overture Gershwin
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Halloween Spooktacular, November 8, 2008

Ron Luce, narrator

Strauss Overture to Die Federmaus
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Rimelis The Cool Ghoul
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Webber The Phantom of the Opera (excerpts)
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Mozart & Sibelius, November 7, 2009

Debra Harder & David Kim

Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467

Violin Concerto

Mozart

Sibelius

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The Christmas Show! December 5, 2009

The Christmas Show!
December 5, 2009

Arrangements by Leroy Anderson, Carmon Dragon and Jeff Tyzik of seasonal favorites mix with discoveries like Amundson’s “Angel’s Dance” and Kelly’s “Improvisations on Christmas Carols” and Herbert’s classic “Babes in Toyland.”

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The Christmas Show, December 6, 2008

Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel (excerpts)
Vaughn Williams Greensleeves
Dragon Away in a Manger
Dragon God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Tyzik Silent Night
Dragon Carol of the Bells
Dragon We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Kallman A Holiday Hoedown
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Love Songs, March 13, 2010

Eric Ashcraft, tenor

Flower Song “Carmen”
E lucevan le stelle “Tosca”
Nessun dorma “Turandot”
La donna e mobile “Rigoletto”
Espana Chabrier
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Broadway! March 21, 2009

John Shuffle, bass-baritone & Nancy Williams Shuffle, soprano

John and Nancy Williams Shuffle bring a wealth of performing experience to their theater and concert appearances having collectively essayed over 150 leading roles in their combined stage careers. The couple has regularly delighted audiences, both at home and abroad, with their versatility, magnetism, and endearing musical repertoire.

About John Shuffle critics have said he has a “rich, substantial voice and expressive nuances” and a “vocal quality that is too seldom heard.” Reviewers have glowed about Nancy Shuffle describing her voice as “awesome, excellent…first-class…a beautiful voice.” Together the Shuffles have garnered numerous performance awards and have eight solo and duo recordings currently to their credit.

Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Wright and Forrest And This is My Beloved from Kismet
Wright and Forrest Stranger in Paradise from Kismet
Rodgers and Hammerstein Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific
Rogers and Hammerstein Surrey With the Fringe On Top from Oklahoma
Rodgers and Hammerstein I Have Dreamed from The King and I
Bernstein/Mason West Side Story (excerpts)
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Voices of Spring, May 8, 2010

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A Double Choir Motet Bach
Requiem Rutter
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Legendary Classics, May 9, 2009

Michi Wiancko

Violinist Michi Wiancko is a winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Featured as an “Artist to Watch” on the cover of the January 2007 issue of Symphony magazine, the Cleveland Plain Dealer credits her with playing that “melts seamlessly into tender utterances.”

Wiancko, a Southern Californian, holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Mann. She has earned an international reputation for her performances throughout the world including such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Kennedy Center. Wiancko consistently pushes the boundaries of the classical repertoire and explores new genres as a singer, violinist, and composer for her own band, Kono Michi.

Brahms Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
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Media Archives: 2008-09 OVS Season

The Ohio Valley Symphony’s 2008-09 Season

The Ohio Valley Symphony is gearing up for another year of doing what it does best — bringing great music played by great artists to southeast Ohio. For its 19th subscription season, the OVS, under music director Ray Fowler, will carry listeners around the world with the help of tunes of a diverse lineup of classics. From composers in 19th-century Vienna to 20th-century America, the pieces evoke destinations as close as the barnyard and as far away as the islands of the South Pacific, the Caliphate of old Baghdad and Jazz Age Manhattan.

To help bring the program to life, Fowler and the OVS will welcome a parade of talented guest artists to the stage of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre. It’s all part of the OVS philosophy of making orchestral music easy to love, according to the orchestra’s manager, Lora Lynn Snow. “We have the big masterpieces — like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 — that everyone loves, but we have fun with our programs, too.”

Two of this year’s concerts are easy examples:
— Nov. 8’s “Halloween Spooktacular” has become something of a tradition, with orchestra members (including Fowler on the podium) trading their tails and bow ties for whimsical or ghoulish costumes giving the audience a chance to see the individual personalities of the musicians. The OVS offers up a full plate of musical tricks and treats, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (immortalized in Disney’s original “Fantasia”), the Witches Ride from “Hansel and Gretel” and selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

— The Broadway-inspired program slated for March 21, 2009, shows the cross-pollination between the concert hall and the Great White Way. Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor” leads seamlessly to
excerpts from Broadway’s Kismet. The show’s tunes are all taken from Borodin’s works, and the 19th-century Russian even shared a 1954 Tony Award for Best Musical. “These are songs that people know,” said Snow, “but they’re pulled from classical music.” The program also includes excerpts from West Side Story and from the classic shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Some equally well-known opera and operetta arias round out the night.

John and Nancy Williams Shuffle, who have collectively played more than 150 lead roles in their combined careers, sing the Broadway and light opera songs. John was a “critic’s pick” in Chicago for his starring role as the Poet in Kismet there. Nancy counts leads in Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, and Titanic among her favorites.

Another OVS tradition returns with the December 6 Christmas show, a kickoff to the local holiday season. As usual, Fowler has assembled a program that balances past and present with traditional carols, purely classical pieces with a Christmas theme, and upbeat popular songs of the season. To take the fullest advantage of the wide sonic range of a modern orchestra, Fowler turned to some of the nation’s greatest arrangers — including Hershy Kay, Carmen Dragon and Jeff Tyzik.

The season kicks off Oct. 4 with an all-American program. Titled “America the Beautiful,” it features Gershwin’s Concerto in F, one of
the first American pieces to secure its place in the concert hall. In a nod to the incredible variety of American songs — from hymns to jazz — the concert is rounded out by arrangements of favorites including Amazing Grace and the hits of Duke Ellington.

Pianist Richard Glazier performs the Gershwin concerto. Glazier “has Gershwin in his soul,” according to pianist and singer Michael Feinstein, himself an expert on American song. Glazier has the Midwest in his soul, too, having studied piano both at the Indiana University School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Beginning with the 1996 Gershwin centennial, Glazier has created and performed four (so far) one-man, multimedia programs dedicated to the American song, and particularly to the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira.

The OVS saves two of the biggest guns of classical music, Beethoven and Brahms, for the May 9 season finale. Beethoven’s exuberant and rustic Symphony No. 8 is paired with Brahms’ refined and passionate Concerto for Violin. Soloist for the Brahms is Michi Wiancko, whose classical prowess — she has appeared with both the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics — is but one facet of her wide-ranging musical talent. Her other interests include country fiddle, gypsy violin and jazz. Her band, Kono Michi (a string quartet, bass and drums) appears regularly in New York’s clubs.

Subscriptions for all five Ohio Valley Symphony concerts are on sale now. Prices range from $50 for students — “That’s about the same as five movie tickets these days,” Snow says — up to $275 for a family pass which includes 2 adults and as many children as they have. Adult season tickets are $100 and seniors are $90. For more information, call the Ariel-Dater box office at (740) 446-ARTS (2787) or visit the box office located at 428 Second Ave. in downtown Gallipolis OH. For more information, visit our website at: ohiovalleysymphony.org

Funding for the Ohio Valley Symphony is provided by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment. Further support is provided by the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.


2008:

What is HomeTownStation.Net?

Do you remember that local radio station you grew up listening to? Big city or small town, most of us had a local station that we relied on for information and entertainment. If we didn’t get to listen to our favorite show or announcer, we felt like we missed out on something! Fast forward to the 21st century. and a new kind of “station” that offers both an audio and visual experience.

Ohio Valley Symphony Maestro Ray Fowler is the featured guest along with Ariel Founder and Ohio Valley Symphony Manager, Lora Lynn Snow on “The Chatterbox” with hostess “Dene” Wagner Pellegrinon. Dene, Ray and Lora chatted about the upcoming May 3 OVS concert and the 2008-09 subscription series. You can hear Ray speak about his process of choosing music and some information about Brahms and Schumann, the composers featured on the May 3 concert. Ray and Lora discuss the impact of music and music education in our lives.

To hear the program: www.hometownstation.net , click on “Listen to Dene”, click on “Archives” and select Chatterbox 04/25/08

HomeTownStation.Net is “on the air” 24/7, with fresh information and entertainment. The program is updated frequently as Dene interviews people all across the United States who are making a difference in their hometowns. The first show Dene and Lora did on January 22, 2008 was the highest rated show to date. Tune in at your convenience.


January 2008

THE OHIO VALLEY SYMPHONY FEATURED ON NEW INTERNET SHOW

What is HomeTownStation.Net?

Do you remember that local radio station you grew up listening to?

Big city or small town, most of us had a local station that we relied on for information and entertainment. If we didn’t get to listen to our favorite show or announcer, we felt like we missed out on something! Fast forward to the 21st century. and a new kind of “station” that offers both an audio and visual experience. HomeTownStation.Net is “on the air” 24/7, with fresh information and entertainment. The first of several features will be “The Chatterbox”, with hostess “Dene” Wagner Pellegrinon. The program is updated frequently as she interviews people all across the United States who are making a difference in their hometowns.

Ariel Founder and Ohio Valley Symphony Manager, Lora Lynn Snow, was the featured guest as Dene kicked off the second week of her new show. Lora and Dene chatted about the earliest days of the Ariel from the vision Lora had 21 years ago to create a symphony orchestra in our hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio to it’s current day status as a polished professional orchestra that calls The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre “home.”

To hear the program: www.hometownstation.net , click on “Listen to Dene”, click on “Archives” and select show # 012208


April 22, 2006 Columbus Dispatch article about the Grand Re-Dedication of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre. Columbus Dispatch Article.


October 4, 2008

Ohio Valley Symphony Season Opener Celebrates New Point Pleasant Auditorium

They may be in different states, but Gallipolis and Point Pleasant are neighbors. So as Point Pleasant celebrates the new Lillian and Paul Wedge Auditorium at the new Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School, the Ohio Valley Symphony — based at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in downtown Gallipolis — decided to congratulate their neighbors the way they know best, with music.

As part of a weekend of arts events that culminate with a dedication ceremony Oct. 4, the OVS will open its 19th season with an all-American program at Wedge Auditorium. Under the direction of Music director Ray Fowler, the orchestra will carry listeners on a whirlwind tour of the United States — all from the comfort of their seats in the new, state-of-the-art facility. Dubbed “America the Beautiful,” the music will take you to destinations as close as the barnyard and as far away
as Jazz Age Manhattan.

Centerpiece of the program is George Gershwin’s Concerto in F, one of the first American pieces to secure its place in the world’s concert halls. Its energetic rhythms, easy-going melodies and atmospheric orchestration capture the bustle of mid-20th century New York City. Pianist Richard Glazier is soloist.

Richard Glazier piano

Glazier “has Gershwin in his soul,” according to pianist and singer Michael Feinstein. Glazier has the Midwest in his soul, too, having studied piano both at the Indiana University School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Beginning with the 1996 Gershwin centennial, Glazier has created and performed four (so far) one-man, multimedia programs dedicated to the American song, and particularly to the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira.

The concert is rounded out by a nod to the incredible variety of
American song — from church to jazz to patriotic. Look forward to arrangements of favorites including “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful,” the hits of Duke Ellington — even “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Also at the auditorium will be a special art exhibit provided by Point Pleasant’s own Gallery at 409. A reception follows the concert at the auditorium.

October’s celebration of America’s own music reflects the OVS mission to bring great music played by great artists — all while making orchestral music easy to love. The public is also encouraged to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 4. Open rehearsals are an excellent way to grow comfortable with symphonic music. Young children unable to sit through an entire concert can benefit from time spent at the open rehearsal.

Tickets to “America the Beautiful” are available through the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre at 426 Second Ave., Gallipolis. The box office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets at Wedge Auditorium will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct 4. Prices are $22, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Call (740) 446-ARTS (2787). Tickets are also available online at
www.ohiovalleysymphony.org.

Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School is located just three miles north of the U.S. 35 bridge on W.Va. 62. There’s plenty of free parking. Hosting the OVS reflects the interest of school, city, and Mason County officials to invest in and promote the arts and to expose students to culture.

Subscriptions to all five 2008-09 Ohio Valley Symphony concerts are also still available. Prices range from $50 for students up to $275 for family passes admitting two adults and as many children as they have in their families. Standard adult season tickets cost $100, seniors $90.

Funding for the Ohio Valley Symphony is provided by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment. Further support is provided by the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.

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