Ariel preps its fall entertainment lineup

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — Executive Director Lora Snow of the Ariel-Ann Carson Performing Arts Center, otherwise known as the Ariel Theater, says the Ohio Valley Symphony is gearing up for its coming music season this fall.

According to Snow, preparing for the symphony’s season is an all-year affair with choosing music and preparing guest performers for the theater’s stage.

Opening the symphony’s season on Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., David Kim, Concert Master of the Philadephia Orchestra will play with the Ohio Valley Symphony. He will be joining a 6:45 p.m. pre-concert chat and after the concert a reception so that comers can meet performers.

According to Snow, the first violinist of an orchestra is the concert master and they are only second to the conductor of the orchestra in rank. If something were to happen to the conductor, the concert master would typically be the next person in line to lead the performance.

Snow said the Philadelphia Orchestra is arguably one of the best concert performing groups in the world. It is one of the “Big Five” American orchestras and is based at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

“It doesn’t get much better,” Snow said.

Kim is anticipated to play Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto as well as Sergei Rachmanioff’s Symphony No. 2.

On Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Oboes on the Ohio’s Dwight Parry will be playing oboe at the Ariel Theater. A pre-concert chat will be 6:45 p.m. and a post concert reception will be conducted to speak with musicians. Parry is anticipated to play Francaix’s “Serenade,” Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” Francaix’s “The Flower Clock,” Rachmanioff’s “Vocalise” and Stravinsky’s “The Fairy’s Kiss.”

According to Snow, Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony. Part of Parry’s education includes jazz performances, voice and piano.

Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., the Ohio Valley Symphony will be conducting its Christmas Show. Snow told the Tribune it was not uncommon for the performance to be sold out before the holiday season and she encourages those considering attending to look into tickets early.

Snow also encouraged concert-goers to consider attending the March 26 performance of Janice Martin, a violinist, pianist, soprano and aerialist. Martin is well-known for her “orchestrated aerial dance” as she hangs from silks and performs athletic feats while playing violin.

With many more performances to follow, Snow said she and her colleagues do the best they can to bring “sunshine” to a dark world.

For more information or to order tickets, contact the theater at (740) 446-2787.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright