GALLIPOLIS — Celebrate the holidays and kick off the season with The Ohio Valley Symphony’s Dec. 5 concert.
The Christmas Show is led by Maestro Ray Fowler. The program, now a southeast Ohio tradition, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in downtown Gallipolis. Holzer Health System is the longtime sponsor of the evening’s festivities.
The evening begins with a pre-concert chat at 6:45 led by Steven Huang, director of orchestras at Ohio University.
Traditional carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night,” “O Tannenbaum” and “Deck the Halls” will be present as well as movie music of the season such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Meet Me in St. Louis) and Polar Express.
“I’ll be Home for Christmas,” made famous by Bing Crosby, and “Jingle Bell Fantasy” by Boston Pops arranger Carmen Dragon are also on the program, as well as other seasonal favorites.
Who will be the next Maestro for a Moment? Bud Hunt, Mohabe Vinson and Glen Washington will be vying for the chance to conduct The Ohio Valley Symphony in “Sleigh Ride” by raising the most funds by intermission of the concert. Vote early and often by sending checks to OVS at P.O. Box 424, Gallipolis, OH 45631, or visit the website at arieltheatre.org and cast your monetary vote online. This annual fundraiser helps keep live music available for the region.
There will be a post-concert reception to meet the musicians, with punch and treats available.
The OVS has a mission of bringing music to the Ohio Valley and making orchestral music easy to love. To get a unique perspective on making music, the public is welcome to attend OVS rehearsals for free between 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Open rehearsals are a way for young and old alike to become more familiar with symphonic music, and they offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into preparing an orchestral performance.
Tickets for The Ohio Valley Symphony’s concerts are $24 for adults, $22 seniors and $12 for students. The price includes the pre-concert chat, the concert and the reception immediately following. Tickets are available on the website at arieltheatre.org or ohiovalleysymphony.org or at the box office. Funding for The Ohio Valley Symphony is provided in part by the Ann Carson Dater Endowment.