‘Voices of Christmas’ to ring out at Ariel on Saturday

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — The Voices of Christmas will ring out at the historic Ariel Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

The performance will be featuring the younger Ariel musicians on piano, voice and strings. This annual concert is described by organizers “as a potpourri of holiday songs sure to warm your heart that include Little Drummer Boy, What Child is This, Frosty the Snowman, Polar Express, Away in a Manger and many more.”

Vocal and piano instructor Judith Cavendish and string instrument instructor Elaine Swinney will be leading the musicians in a variety of Christmas hymns and songs as well as novelty holiday tunes.

Joining the Ariel performers is The Fairfield County Chamber Strings, an organization committed to nurturing a love of music by providing the opportunity to learn and perform on string instruments and keyboards for people of all ages. Founder Mary Anne Theller’s inspiration stems from her passion in working with students, especially children, and her love of all things music. Begun in 2006, the program was started to fill a niche in the Lancaster community. As with the Ariel performers, participation in this program helps to build new skill sets that include team building, improving concentration and problem solving skills, expanding analytic thinking all while making beautiful music.

Tickets for Voices of Christmas are $10 and are available online at arieltheatre.org or at the box office located at 428 Second Ave. in downtown Gallipolis.

Article submitted by the Ariel Opera House.

Staff Report