Ariel hosts ‘Oboes on the Ohio’

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GALLIPOLIS — Professional musicians, band drectors, music teachers and students of all ages will want to attend “Oboes on the Ohio,” at the Double Reed Festival on Nov. 7 at the historic Ariel-Dater Hall in downtown Gallipolis.

There will be performances, lectures, master classes and workshops by esteemed double reed players, internationally known dealers exhibiting instruments and equipment and a double reed instrument/equipment swap meet at the recycle table, where participants can bring their used equipment to sell and/or trade.

A special part of the event will be the evening program featuring a number of double reed professionals representing four universities with music stretching over a time frame of several hundred years using both modern and historical instruments with musicians in period dress. The public is invited to this evening performance at 7 p.m. to hear music in a 19th century opera house with acoustics that enhance the double reed sound.

Active double reed players are encouraged to bring their instruments and take part in the double reed ensemble for the grand finale and the Chamber Music Reading session, where musicians will have a chance to read double reed ensemble music and evaluate it before purchasing. The prices for the music presented will be discounted and comments will be collected and published on the Ariel’s website.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their unused instruments, music and equipment for resale at the recycle table. This is a chance for professionals to find a good home for used equipment to purchase new items, and for students and band directors to pick up quality equipment at reduced prices.

For more information, check out All day admission (which includes the evening performance) is $20; the evening performance is $10. Tickets are available online at or at the box office at 426 Second Ave. in Gallipolis, or download our app Ariel Theatre.

A new addition to the Oboes on the Ohio website is the Next Generation project, a genealogy of pedagogy, with youtube interviews of performers and pedagogues Bill Baker and Ted Heger, the last Tabuteau student enrolled at Curtis.

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