GALLIPOLIS — The Ohio Valley Symphony is tuning up for its 28th season with Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim as its first headline performance set for Sept. 9 at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. their scheduled day.
According to Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre Executive Director Lora Snow, this will be Kim’s third performance with the symphony. Kim received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and is an expert in violin performance. Highlights of his 2015 and 2016 season include teaching and performing at Oberlin College, Bob Jones University and the Boston Conservatory of Music. Kim started playing violin at the age of three and joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Kim is also a professor of violin studies at the University of Philadelphia.
“It’s wonderful to have a musician like David with us again as he’s performed with one of the best orchestras in the world,” said Snow.
The Ohio Valley Symphony will be playing Scheherazade Nov. 4 as Maestro Ray Fowler and the symphony set out to paint music inspired by the story of One Thousand and One Nights. Scheherazade is the chief narrator of the story which centers around the telling of such tales as Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Arabian Nights and more. The musical piece is titled after her.
The return of The Ohio Valley Symphony’s Christmas Show will be Dec. 2 with holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride and White Christmas.
“Ray works really hard to bring familiar pieces to the audience with a new twist,” said Snow. “Sometimes the symphony will play the same song but arranged differently to illustrate unique styles to listeners.”
Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will play with The Ohio Valley Symphony March 24. According to information provided by the performing arts centre, The Washington Post has called Pandolfi “an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line Pandolfi possesses first-rate technical skills, an unerring cunning legerdemain when it comes to pedaling…etched with calm and crystal clarity.”
Soprano Risa Rena Harman will perform with the symphony April 28. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Chorus as well as the National Cathedral Chorus Society and performed solos at the Brooklyn Library and Trinity Church. She is credited with being the winner of the American Jinny Lind Competition and Italian festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica Nei Chiostri. Harman is also the recipient of awards from the Lee Schaenen Foundation and Lott Lehmann Foundation.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.