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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.

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2008 Media Archives

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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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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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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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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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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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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