Ohio Valley Symphony’s Christmas Show set

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — The time approaches for The Ohio Valley Sympony’s Christmas Show and pick for Maestro for a Moment.

Show lovers can celebrate the holidays and kick off the season with The Ohio Valley Symphony’s Dec. 3 concert.

Led by Maestro Ray Fowler, the program, now a southeast Ohio tradition, is at 7:30 p.m. in the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in downtown Gallipolis. Locally-based Holzer Health System is the long time sponsor of the evening’s festivities.

The evening begins with a pre-concert chat at 6:45 led by Steven Huang, Director of Orchestras at Ohio University. His casual style of presenting the background of the music played is said to be entertaining, informative and fun, according to centre Executive Director Lora Snow.

Traditional carols such as Away in a Manger, Adeste Fidelis, What Child is This and Gesu Bambino will be present as well as popular music of the season such as Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) are also on the program as well as other seasonal favorites.

Who will be the next Maestro for a Moment? Atai Bashar, Matt Easter and Timothy Crouch will be vying for the chance to conduct The Ohio Valley Symphony in Sleigh Ride by raising the most funds by intermission of the concert. Vote early and vote often by sending checks to OVS at PO Box 424 Gallipolis, Ohio or go to the website at arieltheatre.org and cast your monetary vote online. This annual fundraiser helps keep the centre open and available for the region’s musicians.

Audience members are invited for a post-concert reception to meet the musicians, have some grog (punch) and some seasonal treats.

The OVS has a mission of bringing music played by experienced and educated artists to the Ohio Valley. To get a perspective on making music, the public is welcome to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Open rehearsals are a way for young and old alike to become more familiar with symphonic music, and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into preparing an orchestral performance.

Tickets for The Ohio Valley Symphony’s concerts are $24 for adults, $22 seniors and $12 for students. The price includes the pre-concert chat, the concert and the reception immediately following. Tickets are available on the website at arieltheatre.org or ohiovalleysymphony.org or at the box office. Funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided in part by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment.

Staff Report