GALLIPOLIS — The Ariel Opera House invites the public to celebrate the holidays and kick off the season with The Ohio Valley Symphony’s Dec. 2 concert.
The Christmas Show, 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 p.m. 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.
Traditional carols such as “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “Away in a Manger” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” will be present as well as movie music of the season such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Meet Me in St. Louis) and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “White Christmas” made famous by Bing Crosby are also on the program as well as other seasonal favorites.
Who will be the next Maestro for a Moment? Jan Bergdall, Matt Traywick and Ryan Yavorsky 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 live music available for the region.
Audience members are invited for a post-concert reception to meet the musicians, have some grog (punch) and some tasty 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. 1, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Ariel Opera House staff say 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.
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 ohiovalleysymphony.org or at the box office.
Funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided in part by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment and you the public.