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The Homecoming, Philip Armstrong, tenor

170422 OVS Philip ArmstrongApril 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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A native of Bidwell Ohio, Philip Keith Armstrong’s musical interest began as a young child singing the
National Anthem, a capella, at all the home football & basketball games at area high schools & colleges. He was awarded two full-time Presidential Scholarships to Shenandoah College & Conservatory of Music in VA and Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. Mr. Armstrong earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron. As a soloist he has traveled extensively in the U.S. as a member of the widely acclaimed Central State University Singers, recording with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Amen: A Gospel Celebration with Jennifer Holiday, Maureen McGovern, Lou Rawls, and Gershwin: Selections from Porgy and Bess featuring Cab Calloway. Both records were nominated for Grammy awards.

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Mendelssohn featuring David Kim, violin

170909 OVS Kim THUMB Rev ESeptember 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2016-17 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on their summer tour of Asia; adjudicating at the Stulberg International String Competition; teaching/performance residencies at Bob Jones University, Grove City College, Messiah College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music; continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; recitals, speaking engagements and appearances with orchestras across the United States; and the annual David Kim Orchestral Institute of Cairn University in Philadelphia where he is also a Professor of Violin Studies. He has recently been appointed as Distinguished Artist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, GA and will begin making regular teaching visits there in the fall of 2017. In December, he appeared as a special guest at Keith and Kristin Getty’s “Irish Christmas” Concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

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Scheherazade, The Ohio Valley Symphony

171104 OVS Sher THUMB Rev ENovember 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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The rich and exotic colors painted by the orchestra along with numerous lush and memorable melodies, combine to make the exotic musical tale of Scheherazade an audience favorite since its premiere in 1888.  Rimsky-Korsakov set out to paint an Oriental picture using music to tell the tale of a Sultan who put to death each wife he married.  Scheherazade was clever enough to spin a never ending tale so that each night her life was spared for a thousand and one nights when the Sultan finally saw the error of his ways and repudiated his bloody vow and spared her life. This hugely popular piece has been used for ballets, numerous figure skater’s routines, given lyrics for use as popular vocal selections and been performed and recorded by orchestras the world over.

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Maestro for a Moment Fundraiser

The Ohio Valley Symphony’s annual Maestro for a Moment Fundraiser is one of the highlights of the season for both audience and orchestra! Each season at least three candidates vie for the opportunity to conduct the orchestra during the Christmas Show in a rousing rendition of Sleigh Ride!

You don’t have to wait until December to make your tax deductible donation! Donate now by clicking the Paypal button below!


The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Cultural & Performing Arts Centre and The Ohio Valley Symphony are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, Federal Tax ID# 31-1273779

To find out more about how you can be the next Maestro for a Moment download the information packet below!
2017 Maestro Application

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The Christmas Show! The Ohio Valley Symphony

171202 OVS xmas THUMB Rev EDecember 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Ariel Opera House will be filled with merry music as we usher in a month filled with joyful entertainment to share with your family and friends.  We ring in the holidays with The Ohio Valley Sympony’s beloved Christmas Show! (always the first Saturday in December).   Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to order extras when purchasing your season subscription seats!

Gift Certificates for The Ohio Valley Symphony concerts are available for that special someone on your Christmas list!  Call the box office today!

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