Ariel to host Ellison’ Garland performance

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — Joane Ellison takes the stage with The Ohio Valley Symphony on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ariel Opera House in Gallipolis as she sings her renditions of Judy Garland’s music.

Maestro Ray Fowler leads the orchestra in one song after another of Garland’s hits. “Get Happy, The Trolley Song, The Boy Next Door,” and of course Judy’s iconic theme song, “Over the Rainbow” and more.

Ellison has been praised for her “vocal prowess …and her grasp of the classic songs” by Michael Feinstein. Her long-time immersion in the popular vocal styles of the 1920s to the 1960s includes transcribing over 250 piano and vocal arrangements and restoring missing pieces on several of Garland’s original orchestrations. This intimate understanding of vintage musical and vocal styles brings distinct freshness and authenticity to her interpretations of classic American standards.

Ellison made her Cleveland Pops Orchestra debut at Severance Hall in 2005 and has since sung more than 30 symphonic pops concerts in repertoire ranging from classic American popular song to “The King & I” to “Wicked.” Ellison has toured the country performing in cabaret, musicals and concert performances. In 2010, Joan released a debut album, “A Date With Judy! Joan Ellison Sings Judy Garland.”

One can hear Ellison singing You Made Me Love You at: or hear her sing Over the Rainbow with the Cleveland Pops on Facebook at:

“OVS has a mission of bringing great music performed by great artists to the Ohio Valley – and making orchestral music easy to love,” according to a statement from the organization. “To get a unique perspective on making music, the public is welcome to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 24, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Open rehearsals are a great way for young and old alike to become more familiar with symphonic music, and they offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into preparing an orchestral performance.”

Concertgoers — new or veteran — have a chance to learn more about the music with a free pre-concert chat. Held in the third-floor Ariel Chamber Theatre, the pre-concert talks are interactive and informal and begin at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for The Ohio Valley Symphony’s concerts are $24 for adults, $22 seniors and $12 for students. Tickets are available on the website at or or at the box office. Funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided in part by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment.

The Ariel Opera House is located at 426 Second Avenue in downtown Gallipolis.

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