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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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Broadway! March 12, 2011

Poster showing Margaret Carlsonin flowersMargaret Carlson, Soprano

Often compared to Julie Andrews and Maureen McGovern, Margaret Carlson is an exciting new voice in the contemporary music. Her eclectic career has taken her from life “on the road” with the band, Summer, to ten years as a stay-at-home mom. Re-establishing her music career in 1986, Carlson’s second CD, This Christmas…my favorite things, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.

 

BROADWAY
By Thomas Consolo

Melt away the last of winter’s chill in March with The Ohio Valley Symphony.

Southeast Ohio’s only professional orchestra welcomes singer Margaret Carlson to the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre for a heartwarming program of classic songs by a parade of America’s greatest songwriters. OVS music director Ray Fowler returns to conduct the program at 8 p.m. March 12.

Carlson, a Grammy nominee, has selected a line-up by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim — all backed by the lush support only a full orchestra can provide. Concert-goers can look forward to excerpts from favorite Broadway shows and films including “Anyone Can Whistle,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Sound of Music” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Fowler counts these classic songs as important American music — and music that is slipping through the cultural cracks as schools and community companies move on to more contemporary shows. Carlson, he said, brings a freshness to these standards which will win the audience’s heart.

Carlson’s elegant musical style and onstage presence have been compared to Julie Andrews and Maureen McGovern. In her early years, Margaret toured the United States singing in resorts and clubs, and she was featured on numerous television and radio commercials.

In 1985 Carlson left the music business to focus on raising her two children. When she returned 10 years later, she recorded her first CD, “Once in a Blue Moon,” with pianist-arranger Frank Mantooth. Her second CD, “This Christmas … My Favorite Things,” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Today, Carlson performs to beautifully orchestrated arrangements by Mantooth with orchestras all around the country. She can be heard at music festivals and as a performer and clinician at schools.

Showcasing America’s living legacy of song is 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 — through education and exposure to great music. As part of that commitment, the public is encouraged to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 11, and 1-4 p.m. March 12 at the Ariel. Open rehearsals are an excellent way for young and old alike to grow comfortable with symphonic music, and they offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what goes into preparing an orchestral performance.

Single tickets to The Ohio Valley Symphony’s “Broadway!” are $22, $20 (senior) and $10 (students). Tickets and more information are available through the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre box office, (740) 446-2787 (ARTS), at 428 Second Ave., Gallipolis, and through the OVS Web site, www.ohiovalleysymphony.org. The concert is sponsored by the Gallia County Medical Society. Further funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment.

 

The Sound of Music Rodgers/Hammerstein
My Favorite Things Rodgers/Hammerstein
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Arlen/Harburg
A Sleepin’ Bee Arlen/Capote
Tip Toe Through the Tulips Burke/Dubin
Anyone Can Whistle Sondheim
Guess Who I saw Today Boyd/Grand
My Fair Lady Over. Lerner/Loewe
On the Street Where You Live Lerner/Loewe
My Romance Rodgers/Hart
Night and Day Porter/Matta
I Get A Kick Out of You Porter/Matta

 

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Mendelssohn, April 30, 2011

Poster featuring Ilya KolerrIlya Kaler, violin

Described as a “magician, bewitching our ears,” Russian-born violinist Ilya Kaler is the only violinist to have won gold medals at the Tchaikovsky (1986), Sibelius (1985), and Paganini (1981) Competitions. Currently professor of violin at DePaul University School of Music (Chicago, IL), he performs on a 1785 “Sennhauser” Giuseppe Guarnerius del Gesu violin on loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Violin Concerto, Op. 64 Mendelssohn
Midsummernight’s Dream Mendelssohn

 

Press Release:

By Thomas Consolo

Join The Ohio Valley Symphony on April 30 for the final concert of the 2010-11 season.

For the finale of its 21st season, the orchestra offers a portrait of composer Felix Mendelssohn. On the program, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in downtown Gallipolis, are excerpts from Mendelssohn’s incidental music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and his beloved violin concerto.

Mendelssohn, who lived from 1809–47, was a child prodigy who went on to be one of the most cosmopolitan composers of his era. In his short life, he wrote symphonies, concertos, oratorios and chamber music famed for their elegance and beautiful melodies. As a performer, he was a pianist of renown, and as a conductor, he helped many young composers and led to a revival of the works of Bach.

He was still only 17 when he scored one of his first great hits, the sparkling overture to Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He returned to that magical story in 1842 to write more music for a production of the play, which includes the “Wedding March” still used by couples the world over. The OVS, under music director Ray Fowler, performs a suite of the overture and three other movements.

The OVS welcomes violinist Ilya Kaler to the stage of the Ariel’s Morris and Dorothy Haskins Theatre as guest soloist in the concerto, one of the best-known and best-loved works for violin and orchestra. A classic since its debut in 1844, Mendelssohn’s violin concerto earned fame more recently as the piece Jack Benny never quite mastered. The piece features a brooding, romantic opening, a soulful slow movement, and a joyful, bubbly finale. Together, they give the soloist a chance to shine.

The Russian-born Kaler is the only violinist to have won gold medals at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Paganini violin competitions. He earned rave reviews for solo appearances with orchestras around the world, including in Leningrad, Moscow, Montreal, Berlin, Detroit, Baltimore, Seattle and Zurich. His recordings of the Paganini Caprices have been deemed by American Record Guide to be “in a class by themselves.” Kaler is a violin professor at DePaul University in Chicago. He performs on a Giuseppe Guarnerius del Gesu violin, made in 1735, on generous loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Showcasing the masterworks of orchestral music like Mendelssohn’s is 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 — through education and exposure to great music. As part of that commitment, the public is encouraged to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 1-4 p.m. April 30 at the Ariel. Open rehearsals are an excellent way for young and old alike to grow comfortable with symphonic music, and they offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse at the preparation of an orchestral performance.

Beginning with April’s Mendelssohn program, concert-goers will have another unique opportunity to make a personal connection with the music, too. That’s when the OVS inaugurates its series of pre-concert talks in the newly-restored Ariel Chamber Theatre. Thomas Consolo, the orchestra’s assistant conductor and program annotator, hosts the casual get-together to help put a more personal face on the night’s music, as well as to answer questions about the program, the OVS or the orchestral experience in general. The talk begins at 7:15 p.m. April 30.

Single tickets to The Ohio Valley Symphony’s “Mendelssohn” cost $22, $20 (senior) and $10 (students). 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 OVS Web site, www.ohiovalleysymphony.org. Further funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment.

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MOSTLY MENDELSSOHN!

Poster featuring Maestro Scott Woodard and violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn with the Red Violin

October 2, 2021
at 7:30 p.m.
Concert will be at Wedge Auditorium at Pt. Pleasant WV Jr./Sr. High School.
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We re-open The Ohio Valley Symphony season as we celebrate the life of Ariel Board President Paul Simon when his longtime family friend, Elizabeth Pitcairn, joins The Ohio Valley Symphony in a program of Mostly Mendelssohn.

This season opens with Mendelssohn’s energizing and uplifting Symphony No. 4 and Elizabeth performs the much loved Concerto for Violin, Op. 64, under the baton of Maestro Scott Woodard.

Purchase your season subscription so you don’t miss a single note of this new season!

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Scott Woodard, conductor
Dr. Scott E. Woodard is the Music Director of the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamilton, Ohio, the Ashland Ballet Orchestra, and is the Founding Music Director and Conductor of the West Virginia State Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly known as the Charleston Chamber Orchestra). Woodard’s study and pursuit of conducting has taken him all over the world.

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