GALLIPOLIS — Ah, Tuscany, the land of music, wine, art and countryside.
You may not be able to make the trip this summer, but visit the Ariel for an Incredibly Italian taste of Tuscany on Aug. 25 when the Savoyard Duo presents an evening of music at 7 p.m.
The concert is preceded by a dinner (reservations required) catered by Brad Deal at 6 p.m. Visitors can also take advantage of the open house starting at 5 p.m. to see the Ariel’s latest completed restoration project.
Paolo Dalmore, flute, and Giorgio Signorile, guitar, make up the Duo Savoyard, which has performed extensively in Italy and abroad. Natives of northern Italy, the two visiting artists will be performing and teaching at Marshall University and around Huntington for a week as part of the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors in the Arts program.
The Duo Savoyard is trading their time and talents with Marshall’s resident artists Wendell Dobbs, flute, and Julio Alves, guitar. Admission to the concert is free of charge.
Deal will be catering an Italian feast before the concert at 6 p.m. featuring Angel hair and bowtie pastas and two sauces, grilled chicken strips, Italian meatballs, garden salad with dressings, assorted Italian breads and deserts and beverages. Dinner tickets are $15 per person and are available online at arieltheatre.org.
The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre just completed a major restoration project and will be having an open house that evening for the public to view the work. Funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, the work encompasses repurposing a former store front into the Ariel offices.
The original tin ceiling was uncovered and restored, new woodwork was crafted in keeping with the 1895 look of the theatre while concealing the underpinnings of modern day necessities. Gas-look lighting and period hardware was installed to create an 1895 presence at street level. The project also included the addition of two ADA accessible restrooms on the third floor. Utilizing existing space, the two spacious restrooms will easily accommodate wheelchairs. A diaper deck was installed and a janitor’s closet was created.
The Ariel is located at 426 Second Ave. in downtown Gallipolis. For more information visit the Ariel website at arieltheatre.org.