GALLIPOLIS — Bud Hunt, Dr. Mohabe Vinson and Glen Washington will each be vying for a chance to raise the baton and conduct The Ohio Valley Symphony during its presentation of Sleigh Ride at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Ohio Valley Symphony’s Christmas Sho.
And they can do it by raising the most funds.
The three candidates can continue to raise funds right down to the wire through intermission of Saturday’s concert. The votes are tallied during the second half of the concert and the person raising the most funds will be announced at the end of the concert. The winner steps up to the podium and lifts the baton to bring forth the glorious strains of music.
Hunt, of Civitas Media, says that “music has a way of uplifting me. Ohio Valley Symphony concerts held at the historic Ariel Theatre showcase talent rarely seen in communities our size. The quality of our orchestra rivals that of much larger cities and it is important that we keep the tradition alive and prospering.” Hunt says his current position is publisher at the Gallipolis Daily Tribune — and regional director of The Daily Sentinel in Pomeroy and the Point Pleasant Register — but his preferred position is “Maestro for a Moment.”
Vinson, of Holzer Health Systems, says he enjoys classical music and feels that “performing is important for self expression and brings cultures together to allow them to interact at an event.” Mohabe, who played the saxophone in school, listens to a variety of music and recently started learning to play an acoustic guitar. He says he would be a “delightful and proud conductor.”
Glen Washington, CEO of Pleasant Valley Hospital, is a familiar face at Ohio Valley Symphony concerts. He has been a huge supporter of the arts all of his life and he believes “music elevates your spirit and ignites your soul.” He says that ”the same traits of quality and integrity that I bring to the medical arts is the same traits that The Ohio Valley Symphony brings to the fine arts in our community.”
Everyone is encouraged to vote early and vote often by sending checks to the candidates or to the Ariel Theatre at P.O. Box 424 Gallipolis, OH 45631.
To make it even easier, people can go online at arieltheatre.org and click on the candidate of your choice. This is the main fundraiser for the OVS and it helps to keep live music available for the region.