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The Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time at Chautauqua

180616 Summer TubatimeSaturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00pm
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Tuba and Euphonium players of all ages can come join the fun! Musicians will meet at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre at 4:00 p.m. for an on-stage rehearsal. Summer Tuba-Time music books will be available for purchase ($15 incl. tax) at rehearsal.

Saturday, June 16, 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’s Summer Tuba-Time!

Summer Tuba-Time concerts are presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc.

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Ariel Chamber Series ~ VIOLAUTA DUO

180121 Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:oo p.m.
3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre

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The historic Ariel Opera House is please to welcome Marshall University faculty members Dr. Júlio Ribeiro Alves, guitarist, and Dr. Wendell Dobbs, flutist who form Violauta Duo.

This program features popular tunes by Rossiniana and will be performed on authentic 19th century instruments.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Chamber Theatre door on performance day.

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The Ariel’s 2018 Black History Celebration

Sunday, February 11, 2018
at 2:00 p.m.

3rd Floor Ariel Chamber Theatre

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

The Ohio Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet will perform music of African American composers including that of William Grant Still.

Everyone welcome!

This is a free event!

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METHENEY: A Night of Country

170310 MetheneySaturday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.

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The historic Ariel Opera House is pleased to present METHENEY: A Night of Country with guest Chris Keesey.

The Southeastern Ohio favorite METHENEY is known by many for its radio hit Drunk on Memories and others.  Metheney has played at the CMA fest in Nashville and has opened across the tri-state for nationally recognized recording artists.

Vocalist, singer and songwriter Matt Metheney is joined by Keith McGrath, lead and rhythm guitar and vocals, Dan Turrner, bass guitar, and Chris Johnson, drums. METHENEY has songs available on ITunes and Google Music.  Has played the CMA fest in Nashville, and opened for national recoding artiest all across the tri state. Visit METHENEY on Facebook 

Chris Keesey is a songwriter from the Appalachian Foothills of Southeastern Ohio. He writes music about growing up, growing old, living and loving in rural America. He draws songwriting influence from the greats of classic country and modern Americana to create songs and sounds based on the stories and raw truths of living in the country. Visit to learn more about Chris.

Reserved seat tickets are $10

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The Voices of Christmas

171216 VoicesSaturday, December 16, 2017
7:00 p.m.

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Enjoy Christmas favorites and holiday standards featuring the Piano, Vocals & Strings with The Ariel Singers & Friends!

The annual Voices of Christmas includes an audience Holiday Sing-a-long that’s a favorite of both young and old!

General Admission tickets to this festive concert are $10. Tickets and more information are available at the Ariel Opera House box office, 428 Second Ave., Gallipolis; by phone, (740) 446-2787 (ARTS).

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Restituto “Resty” Alonzo Memorial Donation

Resty AlonzoCINCINNATI — Restituto H. Alonzo “Resty,” 82, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 10, 2017.

Born in Olongapo, Philippines, son of the late Guillermo and Silvina Alonzo. He was married to Gisela for 57 years and survived by daughters Sylvia (Ronald) Rineair, and Angela (John) LaRuffa, grandchildren Brian (Corey) Rineair, Andrew (Emily) Rineair, Steven Williams (Deanna Woodall), Marisa LaRuffa. He has a brother-in-law Dieter Parzl and family in Germany with various cousins in the Philippines and in New York.

His medical practice as a urologist was in Gallipolis, Ohio, at Holzer Medical Center for 35 years. Memberships include American Medical Association, American Urological Association, American College of Surgeons, Ohio State Medical Association, Philippine American Urological Society, Society of Philippine Surgeons in America and Gallipolis Rotary Club.

Memorial Service was at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM Church on 7820 Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio, 45255). A memorial gathering was held at IHM on November 16, 2017.  A memorial mass was be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church with a reception at IHM church after memorial mass.

To make a donation in Memory of Dr. Resty Alonzo, 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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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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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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154th Emancipation Day Celebration

170915 Emancipationn CelebrationFriday, September 15, 2017
6:00 pm – Homecoming Reception, 2nd Floor
7:00 pm – Featured Performance, Auditorium

Free Admission-No Ticket Necessary

The 2017 Homecoming Reception and Concert will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at the historic Ariel Opera House located at 426 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio beginning at 6:00 pm.

History of the Annual Emancipation Day

The Emancipation Proclamation has been celebrated and observed in Gallia County, Ohio continuously since 1863. The Gallia County Emancipation Day Celebration is reported to be one of the longest continuous running celebrations of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States.

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

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Squire Parsons Gospel Music

171013 Squire ParsonsFriday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.
FREE – No tickets necessary
JOY 990 AM Radio is pleased to present gospel artist Squire Parsons.

Squire Parsons, a native of West Virginia was raised in a Christian home and was introduced to gospel music by his parents. His father, Squire Parsons, Sr., was a choir director in their home church and taught shaped note gospel music.

Squire has served as interim music director, church soloist, elementary school music teacher, high school band director and in 1975 he became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet. In 1979 Squire went into solo ministry.Joy 990

Since 1978, Squire Parsons has been nominated by the SINGING NEWS’ fans for “Favorite Baritone”, “Favorite Gospel Songwriter” and “Favorite Gospel Singer”. He was named “Favorite Baritone” in 1986 and 1987. In 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 – “Favorite Gospel Songwriter”. In 1988 he was named “Favorite Southern Gospel Male Singer”.

A love offering will be accepted.

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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 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.

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Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN

1701617 Music Man Friday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. &
Saturday June 17 at 7:00 p.m.

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The historic Ariel Opera House presents the Ariel Players in The Music Man.

The Music Man is the classic musical written by Meredith Willson and is loosely based on his small town upbringing. Con man Harold Hill comes to Iowa in 1912 to sell band instruments and uniforms to the unsuspecting residents of River City. Marion, the librarian and piano teacher, sees right through him but evenAriel Players Logotually falls for his charms when he helps her younger brother overcome his lisp. Hill unites the town via music, including the bickering school board members that he forms into a barber shop quartet. In near continuous production by amateurs and professionals since its premiere in 1957, the show won 5 Tony awards including Best Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. Some of the well known songs from The Music Man include 76 Trombones, Goodnight Ladies, The Wells Fargo Wagon and Goodnight My Someone.
THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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The Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time!

170703 Summer TubatimeMonday, July 3, 2017 at 4:00pm
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Tuba and Euphonium players of all ages can come join the fun! Musicians will meet at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre at 4:00 p.m. for an on-stage rehearsal. Summer Tuba-Time music books will be available for purchase ($15 incl. tax) at rehearsal.

Monday, July 3, 2017 at 7:30pm
FREE CONCERT! – 7:30 p.m. at the City Park
No tickets required.
A fun time to be had by all! Join us at the 2017 River Recreation in Gallipolis City Park to celebrate Independence Day with the joyful sounds of the Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time!

Summer Tuba-Time concerts are presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc.

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DREW HASTINGS- Comedian, Mayor, Farmer & Author

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by WBYG 99.5FM, Big Country

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Auditions for “The Music Man”

1701617 Music Man PosterAuditions for The Music Man
Saturday, February 18, 2017
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The historic Ariel Opera House is pleased to announce the formation of The Ariel Singers who, along with The Ariel Children’s Chorus, plan to present Meredith Willson’s hit musical The Music Man — this season marking it’s 50th Anniversary.  This Tony award winning Broadway musical and Oscar winning movie is about a con man (Robert Preston) coming to a small midwestern town to sell band instruments and uniforms to unsuspecting parents, but falls in love with Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones), the town librarian and music teacher. The show is full of hit songs and features barbershop music at its best.

Auditions for the cast of over 30 individuals will be held in the 3rd floor Ariel Chamber Theatre from 1-4 p.m. on February 18.  Cast members must be able to match pitch and sing either unison melody or soprano, alto, tenor or bass.  Rehearsals will begin Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m.  Cast members will include townspeople, a marching band, and individual roles for both children and adults.

The production will open on June 17, 2017.
Judy Cavendish, conductor of the choirs, will be the Musical Director of the production. Stage director, choreographer, and other technical staff will be announced soon.   For more information, contact Judy at (443) 204-5312.

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THE STORY OF JOHN GEE: The Ariel’s Black History Celebration

170212 John Gee Ariel's Black HistorySunday, February 12, 2017
at 2:00 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

The Story of John Gee, Hero of Gallipolis, is presented as part of the Ariel Opera House’s celebration of Black History month. Gee was born in Cincinnati in 1798 and came to Gallipolis between 1818 and 1822 as a free African American. Intelligent, industrious, hard-working and gifted in several areas, Gee built up his business building fine houses (some of which are still standing today), raised a large family, was active in his church and was a philanthropist. He donated the land for the “Colored Cemetery” and for his church. He built sidewalks in the town where he was the largest landowner of the time, all of this while living on the border of a slave state. At night, he was a known conductor of the Underground Railroad rescuing countless numbers of men, women and children desperate to escape slavery. Join us as historian Elaine Armstrong weaves the story and The Ohio Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet performs music of the times including that of African American composer William Grant Still.

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Addison Coldren Art Exhibition

170325 Addison ColdrenSaturday, March 25, 2017
at 4:00 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

The Ariel’s Artists and Authors Series welcomes local artist Addison Coldren who will be talking and answering questions about her works.  Her eye for the “small worlds” in nature is incorporated into her art – from silver jewelry design to photography.  Addison’s exhibit will feature several mordançage prints, a photographic process used to manipulate emulsion, as well as paintings, ceramics, and silver jewelry.bug

Addison is a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and a 2013 alumnus of River Valley High School in Bidwell, Ohio.  She has been involved in events at the Ariel Opera House in Gallipolis, Ohio since 2010 as both a seasonal employee and a volunteer.

Make an full evening of entertainment at the Ariel Opera House and purchase your tickets to the evening Ohio Valley Symphony concert Judy! featuring Joan Ellison, vocalist. Click here for ticket information!


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O.O. McIntyre Book Signing with Author R. Scott Williams

170422 A&A R. Scott WilliamsSaturday, April 22, 2017
at 4:30 p.m.

Free admission ~ donations accepted.

Author Scott Williams will be holding a book signing as part of the Ariel’s Artists and Authors Series for the new release of his story of Gallipolis native O. O. McIntyre titled An Odd Book at the Ariel Opera House where copies of his book will be available for sale.  Scott will be talking and answering questions about his work. This comprehensive book tells the story of Odd McIntyre who achieved great fame and fortune in New York in the early decades of the 20th century. In his daily column “New York Day by Day” as well as articles in national magazines like Cosmopolitan and Life, Odd recorded a time and place undergoing great transition and innovation in communication, politics, art and entertainment.

In anticipation of the book, Williams has also launched several social media initiatives to help the public learn more about Odd McIntyre and his work.

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Barb White’s Piano Student Recital 2017

170507 White Piano THUMB Rev BSunday, May 7, 2017
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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