GALLIPOLIS — The Ariel Opera House and the Ohio Valley Symphony are preparing for another round of holiday favorites with the symphony’s annual “Christmas Show!” slated to be held Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Maestro Steven Huang will be serving as the evening’s conductor.
Songs anticipated to be played during the concert include “Carol of the Bells,” “La Nuit de Noel,” “Charlie Brown Christmas” and more.
Huang has conducted orchestras and operas across the country and throughout the world. At the age of 21, he served as music director of the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard University, where he received his undergraduate degree. While at Harvard, Huang also directed the Lowell House Opera (the oldest continuously running opera company in New England), in a critically acclaimed production of Kurt Weill’s “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.”
Huang has worked with musicians around the world, including California, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Haiti, and Romania. He has held the position of music director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, the Gilbert and Sullivan Players of Chicago, and the Bradley University Orchestra. In America, he has guest conducted professional ensembles such as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony (IL), and the Four Seasons Symphony (CA). Abroad, he has led the National Philharmonic and “Organ Hall” Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova; the Pitesti Philharmonic of Romania; the Tiraspol Philharmonic; the New Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria; the Attergau Kultursommer Orchestra in Austria, where he conducted for their twentieth anniversary concert; the Jeunesses Musicales Festival Orchestra in Romania; and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Sainte Trinité, Haiti, where he has volunteered since 2000.
Huang has studied conducting in Europe as well as the United States with such teachers as Dumitru Goia, Michael Jinbo, Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier, and Rossen Milanov. He earned the Master of Music degree in ochestral conducting from the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of the Marian W. and Ernest A. Jones Conducting Scholarship. Huang twice received the Herbert von Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors for study at the Salzburg Festival, and the Fulbright Fellowship for study at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where he received an Artist’s Diploma. Huang has also studied with Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute.
Huang has served on faculty at Ohio University since 2004. He appears as conductor on two professional recordings, “Sticks & Stones: Music for Percussion and Strings” and “Double Life: Music for Strings by Rozsa” (Equilibrium). Recent engagements include the Brasov Philharmonic (Romania), Tantrum Theater’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” for which he won the 2017 Theatre Roundtable award for Excellence in Music Direction; North Carolina State Honors Orchestra, and recurring appearances at the “Queen Violin” International Festival in the Republic of Moldova. He is also Director of the nonprofit educational organization International Conducting Masterclasses, Inc., which sponsors conducting seminars in Europe and the U.S.
Ariel Opera House will also present Sunday Sounds Dec. 1 with guitarist Jonathan Hawkins performing a blend of musical traditions of the Americas, Spain, Brazil, Malawi, and more. Join us for the free Sunday afternoon concert to be held in the third floor Ariel Chamber Theatre. ADA accessible.
Hawkins is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and producer. He has toured internationally as a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with Broadway productions, as a soloist under the stage name Little Lawnmowers, and as a member of bands ranging from electronic, EDM, traditional, old-time and jazz traditions. Outside of performing, Hawkins stays busy arranging and composing for commission, theatrical productions, and studio albums.
If interested in keeping up with Hawkins, visit www.hawkinssounds.com, or check out his touring folk, roots and world music act, Little Lawnmowers (www.LittleLawnmowers.com).
Admission is free although donations will be accepted at the door.
Information submitted by The Ariel.