GALLIPOLIS — The Ohio Valley Symphony is gearing up for another season Sept. 10 with musicians from some of most renowned orchestras in the country.
“I think this is the strongest season we’ve had yet,” said Lora Snow, executive director of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Center. “We have musicians performing (this season) from some of the world’s greatest orchestras.”
Violinst and Philadelphia Orchestra concert master David Kim will begin the season by performing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Ariel Theater.
Kim began his time as concert master with the orchestra in 1999. Concert master’s are often considered the first mate to the conductor’s captaining of an orchestral performance. Kim began playing violin at the age of 3 and eventually earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the famed Juilliard School. Ohio Valley Symphony will also perform Rachmannoff’s “Symphony No. 2 in E minor.”
Dwight Parry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, will be joining forces with the Ohio Valley Symphony for a predominantly French-based musical program featuring “L’Horloge de Flore,” otherwise known as the “Flower Clock” by Jean Francaix. Parry previously held his seat as principal oboist with the San Diego Symphony and was a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has further performed as a guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera and the Deutchse Symphonie of Berlin, Germany. Parry will take the stage at the Ariel Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3.
The Ohio Valley Symphony will begin its annual Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and will bring bring back classic tunes like “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride” and “March of the Wooden Soldiers.”
Joan Ellison will join the Ohio Valley Symphony at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in 2017 while performing songs inspired by Judy Garland. Ellison made her debut with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in 2005 and has sung in more than 30 performances with the orchestra. She has been known to songs from the “The King and I” as well as the musical “Wicked” with the Pops. Ellison graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and currently teaches popular voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Gallia and Bidwell native Philip Armstrong is anticipated perform at the Ariel Theater with the Ohio Valley Symphony at 7:30 p.m. April 22. Armstrong’s love of music reportedly began as a young child when he would sing the National Anthem at local football and basketball games. He was eventually awarded two full-time presidential scholarships to Shenandoah College and the Conservatory of Music in Virginia and Central State University. Armstrong has also earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Akron. He has recorded with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and served as a member with the Central State University Singers.
Now in its 27th season, the Ohio Valley Symphony is dedicated to bringing live professional music to the Ohio River Valley region. Pulling musicians from seven states and Canada, OVS members also perform with Columbus, Roanoke, Pittsburgh, Lexington, Charleston and other ensembles. The OVS presents a five-concert season in its home, the Ariel Theatre, and also travels to other venues in the tri-state region.
The public is welcome to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7 to 10 p.m. to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the symphony operates.
For more ticket information, people can visit the arieltheatre.org or ohiovalleysymphony.org. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for students. Cost includes pre-concert introductions, the concert and receptions immediately following shows.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.