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A Virtual Ariel Merry Tubachristmas!

Enjoy the low brass sounds of the Ariel’s Merry Tubachristmas! This annual event has brought together tuba and euphonium players from across Ohio and West Virginia, young and old, beginners and experts!

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Postponed – RVHS Drama Club’s ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

200327-28 RVHS PlayPostponed – New Date To Be Determined
at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets previously purchased for this event will be honored on the new date.

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The River Valley High School Drama Department is incredibly excited to present Arsenic and Old Lace, the classic comedy featuring two sweet, old sisters who happen to spike the wine they serve with poison. With nearly 30 students involved in this production, this show is truly a group effort that incorporates the various high school disciplines and support from the community. Filled with slapstick comedy, murder, and even love, this is a show that you won’t want to miss. Drink up!

Doors open at 7pm each night, where tickets will also be available for purchase.

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SUNDAY SOUNDS with Jonathan Hawkins

191201 Hawkins Sunday Sounds
“Musical and Folk Traditions Through the Ages”

Sunday, December 1, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free Concert, No Ticket Required

The historic Ariel Opera House presents Sunday Sounds with guitarist Jonathan Hawkins performing a unique blend of musical traditions of the Americas, Spain, Brazil, Malawi, and more. Join us for this free Sunday afternoon concert to be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre. ADA accessible.

Jonathan Hawkins is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer/arranger, and producer.  He has toured internationally as a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with Broadway productions, as a soloist under the stage name Little Lawnmowers, and as a member of bands ranging from Electronic/EDM to traditional/old-time and jazz.  Outside of performing, Jonathan stays busy arranging and composing for commission, theatrical productions, and studio albums.

If you are interested in keeping up with Jonathan, visit www.hawkinssounds.com, or check out his touring folk/roots/world music act, Little Lawnmowers (www.LittleLawnmowers.com)

Admission is free ~ donations accepted at the door.

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A DELIGHTFUL DIVA’S CHRISTMAS starring Geena Jeffries Mattox

191221 Poster Geena

Saturday
December 21, 2019
at 7:30 p.m.

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Come on, Ring those bells and step into the holiday spirit with a Delightful Diva’s Christmas.  Take a sleigh ride down 42nd Street with some familiar show tunes, then pop into the Metropolitan Opera for a taste of Diva and finish up with several of your favorite Christmas delights.  No better way to sprinkle the season with true meaning and joyful glee.

Ms. Jeffries-Mattox recently relocated to the tri-state area after more than two decades of performing throughout the United States and Europe.  Credits include, featured Soprano Soloist – Carnegie Hall – Conducted by John Rutter; Featured Soprano Soloist – Colorado Symphony Orchestra; leading roles with Tulsa Opera, Opera Colorado, Chicago Light Opera; Featured Soprano soloist for ESPN’s ESPY Awards at Radio City Music Hall; Winner of Bel Canto Competition, San Francisco Opera Competition and Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Semi-Finalist.  Ms. Mattox made her Broadway Debut at the Majestic Theater as Carlotta in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, The Phantom of the Opera.  She later originated the role of Carlotta in Las Vegas Phantom of the Opera, A Las Vegas Spectacular.  She is pleased to be sharing the stage with the magnificent piano virtuosity of Mark Parsons-Justice, the gorgeous tone and commanding styling of guitarist Jonathan Hawkins along with the beautiful clarity and innocence of vocalist, Emily Mattox.

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Jewell Victoria Evans Memorial Donation

Jewell Evans was half of the Bob Evans business dynasty, creating recipes and providing her expertise in developing the restaurant chain that grew to include restaurants all up and down the east coast – all while raising a family of six children.  It all started with Jewell’s recipe for Springfield Farm Sausage, as it was called for the first year and a half of their business.

Jewell loved music and she and Bob were part of the original Ariel Board of Directors formed in the late 1980s.  Jewell and Bob lent their name and support to the fledgling organization that was created to become the home for The Ohio Valley Symphony, a new professional orchestra in Southeastern Ohio.  Jewell rarely missed an Ohio Valley Symphony concert and loved talking about the performance at length afterwards.  She recognized that music can elevate one’s soul in a way nothing else can, and her perennially upbeat mood and positive thinking mirrored what we work towards at the Ariel Opera House.  One could never leave Jewell’s presence without being uplifted.  She was the personification of her name and we will always treasure her time with us.  We will miss her, but recognize how blessed we are to have had the chance to know her.

Jewell’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made
in her memory to The Ohio Valley Symphony.
To make a donation in Memory of Jewell Victoria Evans, 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



Visit the McCoy-Moore Funeral Homes, Inc. website for obituary.
Visit The Gallipolis Daily Tribune for an article celebrating the life of Jewell Evans.

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OVS Songs of Rural America on WVPBS!

Songs of Rural America
Television Broadcast on WV-PBS
SATURDAY JULY 6

Mark your calendars now! July 6th at 6:00 pm ET The Ohio Valley Symphony with Michael Johnathon  will be broadcast on WVPBS Channel 33.  Songs of Rural America was recorded live at the historic Ariel Opera House in Gallipolis, Ohio.

WVPBS can be found by tuning to DishNet and Directv channel 33 or over-the-air channel 33.1.

(Please note that the screening event has been cancelled at the Colony Club due to its closing.)

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Orva Walker Heissenbuttel Memorial Service

Saturday
May 18, 2019
at 2 pm

Join the historic Ariel Opera House for a memorial service for long-time friend and benefactor Orva Walker Heissenbuttel.

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Ariel’s Piano, Voice, & String Spring Recital

190519 Ariel StudentsSunday, May 19, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free Concert, No Ticket Required

The historic Ariel Opera House presents a recital featuring Piano and Voice students of Judith Cavendish and String students of Elaine Swinney. Join us for this free Sunday afternoon concert to be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre.

For more information about Piano and Voice lessons offered at the Ariel, please visit this link.

For more information about Violin and Viola lessons offered at the Ariel, please visit this link.

Admission is free ~ donations accepted at the door.

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SPRING STRINGS

190427 OVS Concert April 27, 2019
at 7:30 p.m.

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To cap off the season Peter Stafford Wilson will conduct the rousing April 27th Spring Strings concert. Soloist Tim Berens encouraged his friend, Grammy nominated American composer Frank Proto, to premiere his newly written double bass concerto in the acoustically superb Ariel Opera House. Frank was in agreement and decided to include Tim on guitar – giving you twice the pleasure at this April 27th concert! The first half of the concert will feature Frank’s music and the second half will feature Tim’s arrangements.

Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson

Now in his seventeenth season as Music Director of Ohio’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra, PETER STAFFORD WILSON is one of the most exciting and talked about conductors of his generation. Concurrently, he holds the post of Music Director of the Westerville Symphony. He also fulfills his seventh season as Principal Conductor of Tulsa Ballet, leading three productions, including the annual holiday performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with choreography by Artistic Director Marcello Angelini.

Peter Stafford Wilson’s leadership of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra continues to elicit praise from the public, musicians and press. Its 2005 Agriculture and the Arts Growing Together brought international attention to the organization, as did the sequel, American Made: Celebrating Our Manufacturing Heritage, which premiered in November 2007. The orchestra’s innovative series, “Night Lights,” has enjoyed steadily increasing sales and attendance. The recent endowment of the Music Director chair with gifts totaling one million dollars is further testimony to the community’s expanding support. Mr. Wilson and the SSO are the recipients of a 2009-2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

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15th Annual Tri-County Gospel Sing

Tri County Gospel SingMay 4, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Free Concert, No Ticket Required
Join the historic Ariel Opera House in welcoming the Tri-County Gospel Sing, presented by Pastor Rick Barcus of the Addison Free Will Baptist Church.

Featured guests include:

Kingdom Road * West Virginia Couriers
Forever Blessed * Singing Shafers
The Neal Family * Victory River
Mike Cadle * Karen Polcyn * Rick Towe
Scott Fraser * Vicki Moore * James Hess
And others!

The concert is free to the public. A love offering will be collected. Doors open at 5 pm and the concert starts at 6 pm.

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GAHS Band Concert

190307 GAHS Band Thursday, March 7, 2019
7:00 p.m.

FREE CONCERT!

Join the historic Ariel Opera House in welcoming the Blue Devil Marching Band from Gallia Academy High School.

This is a FREE concert, doors open at 6:30p.m.

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A New Resolution! Music Classes!

Start the new year right!  Piano, voice, violin and viola classes are available right here at the Ariel Opera House.  Whether you’re a new student or want to expand your abilities, it’s the perfect time to schedule your lessons!

Judith Cavendish
Piano & Voice Lessons

Elaine Swinney Violin & Viola Teacher

Elaine Swinney
Violin & Viola Lessons

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Holiday Voices of Christmas!

181215 Voices Saturday, December 15, 2018
3:00 p.m.

FREE CONCERT!
Enjoy Christmas favorites and holiday standards featuring the Piano, Vocals & Strings students from the Violin Studio of Elaine Swinney, Voice & Piano Studio of Judith Cavendish, and Piano Studio of Barb White!

The annual Voices of Christmas is a favorite of both young and old!

This is a FREE concert, doors open at 2:30p.m.

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Mel Simon, M.D. Book Signing for TWO RIVERS A WORLD APART

181103 A&A Simon thumbSaturday, November 3, 2018
at 4:00 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

Two Rivers, a World Apart is the autobiography of Dr. Mel Simon; as a young boy who spent most of his life by the banks the Pigalo River in his native country, the Philippines, and as a young man by the banks of the Ohio River in continental USA.  Both rivers serve as the backdrop in this story of a young boy searching for the American dream.  Against all odds he managed to overcome struggles through sheer determination and hard work. And above all, he has continued to believe that his deep faith and trust in the Almighty has propelled him to higher accomplishments.

Mel’s boyhood pledge to give back to his adopted community, as well as give back to the poor people in his native country, was fulfilled by using as a platform his membership with the oldest and greatest service organization in the world, the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation. Through Dr. Simon’s affiliations “Operation We Care” was born.  He along with his team of surgeons, doctors, nurses, and health-care givers, have been able to carry out over thirty years of medical, surgical, and dental missions in the islands of the Philippines.  These are in addition to his unceasing efforts to improve villages and curtail gastrointestinal diseases by donating surgical equipment and hospital supplies as well as constructing several deep water wells.  He also supports literacy and feeding programs for undernourished schoolchildren.

Dr. Simon has been recognized for his work not only by the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation but also by five previous presidents of the Philippines.

Several establishments have been named for Dr. Simon, including the Dr. Mel P. Simon and Lydia Chemistry Lab at the University of Rio Grande, the surgical ward of the Region One Medical Center in Dagupan, Philippines, and others.

Dr. Simon was also nominated for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 24, 2010, by the Governor of the State of Ohio for establishing the French 500 Free Clinic – a project utilizing five volunteer physicians, as well as nurses, and health-care givers – which extends help to poor, uninsured, or underinsured patients.

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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.

$5 Purchase at the Door

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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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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14th Annual Tri-County Gospel Sing

180519 Tri County GospelMay 19, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Free Concert, No Ticket Required
Join the historic Ariel Opera House in welcoming the Tri-County Gospel Sing, presented by Pastor Rick Barcus of the Addison Free Will Baptist Church.

West Virginia Couriers • Randy Parsons
Victory River Quartet • Singing Shafers
Karen Polcyn • Rick & Ginny Towe
New Covenant • Mike Cadle
New Creation • Vicki Moore
Brian’s Family Connection • The Dollys
Lisa Browning • The Neal Family
Ricky & Marie Alley • New Salvation
And more!

This year Old Hymns of the Church will be featured!

The concert is free to the public. A love offering will be collected. Doors open at 5 pm and the concert starts at 6 pm.

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Ariel’s Piano, Voice, & String Spring Fling

Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free Concert, No Ticket Required

The historic Ariel Opera House presents a recital featuring Piano and Voice students of Judith Cavendish and String students of Elaine Swinney. Join us for this free Sunday afternoon concert to be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre.

For more information about Piano and Voice lessons offered at the Ariel, please visit this link.

For more information about Violin and Viola lessons offered at the Ariel, please visit this link.

Admission is free ~ donations accepted at the door.

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The Ariel Singers at Chautauqua! TRY-OUTS

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Click Here to Pre-Register Now!
Singers of all ages can come join the fun! Tryouts will be held at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre on April 19th at 7:00 p.m.  Rehearsal schedule will be each Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. until the concert.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:30pm
FREE CONCERT! – 6:30 p.m. at the City Park
No tickets required.
A fun time to be had by all! Join us at the 2018 Chautauqua in Gallipolis City Park to celebrate history with the joyful sounds of The Ariel Singers!

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