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14-15 Season Poster Rev H THUMBJoin The Ohio Valley Symphony the Silver Anniversary Season featuring 5 exciting concerts in our home, Ariel-Dater Hall.  Call the box office today at 740-446-ARTS!

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Silver Celebration, Jay Campbell, cello

141004 Poster Rev F THUMBSaturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” which “conveyed every nuance,” American cellist Jay Campbell is the First Prize Winner of the 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh International Competition.  This spellbinding artist combines eclectic musical interests and a diverse spectrum of repertoire, which has led to collaborations with musicians ranging from Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez to David Lang and John Zorn to members of Radiohead and Einstürzende Neubauten.

Jay is actively involved with the music of our time, having premiered nearly one hundred works to date, including concerti by Chris Rogerson and Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang.

In 2013-14, Jay premieres a new recital piece written for him by John Zorn called occam’s razor, and for the 2015-16 season, a new cello concerto will be commissioned for Jay from American composer David Fulmer, which is entitled Genus and Species and co-commissioned by the Human Rights Foundation.  Already, the cellist has had the privilege of working with leading new music groups including ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ensemble InterContemporain, Da Capo Chamber Players and the Argento Ensemble.  A further testament to his dedication to the music of our time comes from the ASCAP Foundation which honored Jay with the Lieber & Stoller Award.

As a chamber musician, Jay has worked with members of the Arditti, Takacs, Kronos and Afiara String Quartets. He has been invited to the Marlboro and Music@Menlo Festivals and enjoyed residencies at Vermont’s Yellow Barn Music Festival and at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Texas.

Born in Berkeley, CA, Jay Campbell is currently a student at The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor of Music degree and is pursuing his Master of Music degree.  He studies with celebrated cellist Fred Sherry.

Elegy Fauré
Cello Concerto No. 1 Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 7 Dvořák
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Symphony Spooktacular, Brian Evans, actor

141101 Poster Rev E THUMBSaturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Brian Evans teaches voice and speech, stage combat and acting in the School of Dance, Film and Theater.  He is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.  As an actor, he has worked at venues including Human Race Theatre, the Colorado, Illinois and Oxford Shakespeare Festivals, South Coast Repertory, Porthouse Theatre and CATCO.  Television credits include Chapelle’s Show and Judging Amy.  He produced and directed award-winning theatre while working in Los Angeles, at theaters including the Raven Playhouse, Metropole Theatre Works and Elephant Stageworks.  Directing credits include Romeo and Juliet at Monomoy Theatre, Henry IV, Part One at Oxford Shakespeare Festival, and Brecht’s Man Equals Man at OU.  In the area, Brian often works with Available Light Theatre in Columbus and Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble.  He received his M.F.A. in Acting from UC, Irvine.  Brian is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association.

The Composer is Dead Stookey
Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 Strauss
Dance of the Furies Gluck
Psycho Suite Herrmann
Murder on the Orient Express Bennett
Batman Theme Elfman
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The Christmas Show, Brant Adams, composer

141206 Poster Rev E THUMBSaturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Originally from Gallipolis, Ohio, Brant Adams (b. 1955) holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Capital University (Columbus, Ohio), a master of music degree in music theory from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D in theory from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied composition with Donald Grantham.  He taught at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and since 1987 at Oklahoma State University, where he has served as professor and coordinator of the music theory and composition areas, coordinator of music business, academic advisor, and since 2008, as Head of the Department of Music.

In 1992, Dr. Adams was awarded the Distinguished Composer of the Year Award by the Music Teachers National Association for his Masque and Bacchanalia for woodwind quintet and piano.  In 1994, he wrote the incidental music for the off-Broadway play Exchange produced at the Soho Repertory Theatre in New York City.  In 2000, he arranged and orchestrated Sing for the Cure, a compilation of choral compositions of ten composers from around the US commissioned by the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and which has been performed in dozens of cities across the country, including performances at Carnegie Hall.

His compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations have been performed and recorded around the world by orchestras and choral ensembles across Europe, Central and South America, the Middle and Far East, and across the United States.  His choral compositions are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Mark Foster Music (Shawnee Press).  Since 2000, he has become widely known for his orchestrations and instrumental arrangements of sacred music that are published by the Lorenz Corporation, Shawnee Press, Hope Music, Alfred Music, and Southern Music.  Performances of his music at regional and national meetings of professional music organizations include the Society of Composers, Inc., Music Teachers National Convention, American Choral Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the National Flute Association.

Dr. Adams also works periodically in the recording/publishing industry as a producer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor.

At OSU, Dr. Adams has received several awards including two Outstanding Faculty Member awards, the Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor award, and the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence.

World Premier Adams
Joy to the World Medley Hayen
Nutcracker Suite Tchaikovsky
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Goldstein
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Dragon
Wassail Song Anderson
Bring a Torch Isabella Hayen
Maltese Winter Hayen
March of the Toys Anderson
The Christmas Song Torme/Wells/Lowden
White Christmas Berlin/Bennett
The Skater’s Overture Tyzik
Sleigh Ride Anderson
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Vienna Masters, John O’Conor, piano

150328 Poster Rev F THUMBSaturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Through his recitals, concerto appearances and critically acclaimed recordings, the Irish pianist John O’Conor has earned a reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and Early Romantic piano repertoires.  He has been praised for his formidable technique and through his eloquent phrasing, mastery of keyboard colour and, in particular, his unique sound he has been called a true Poet of the Piano.

He has performed in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand and has appeared with such orchestras as the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, l’Orchestre National de France, the Scottish and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Israel Camerata, the NHK, Yomiuri, Kyushu, Kyoto and Sapporo Symphonies in Japan, the KBS Symphony in Korea, the Singapore Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony and the orchestras of Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Tampa and Washington DC in North America.

He also appears frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (and was soloist with them on their inaugural tour of the USA in 2004) and with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Dvorak Hall in Prague and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo.

He also enjoys collaborating in Lieder Recitals and performing chamber music with many instrumentalists and ensembles such as the Cleveland, Tokyo, Vanbrugh, Vermeer, Takacs, Vogler, Ying, Audubon and Navarra Quartets.

Mr. O’Conor also continues to make significant contributions to the arts in his native country and has championed the works of Ireland’s leading 19th century composer, John Field. He has become a key figure in the development of young artists through his role as Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and was a co-founder of the Dublin International Piano Competition of which he is Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury.

John O’Conor first gained widespread attention in the United States in 1986 with the release of the initial volume of the complete recorded Beethoven Sonata cycle which was issued as a box set in 1994. CD Review described Mr. O’Conor’s performances of these sonatas as “piano recording of the highest calibre and Beethoven playing at its best” and went on to say “This Beethoven series should become the complete set of choice”.

Mr. O’Conor has made more than 20 recordings for the Telarc label including the complete Beethoven Bagatelles, which was cited by the New York Times as the best recording of these works; four volumes of Mozart Piano Concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; numerous works of Schubert including the late A major Sonata, the complete Impromptus and Moments Musicaux, Waltzes and the Trout Quintet with the Cleveland Quartet; and two volumes of short piano pieces entitled “Piano Classics” and “Autumn Songs”. An avid proponent of his fellow countryman John Field, he has recorded most of the composer’s major works including the complete Concertos, Sonatas and Nocturnes. His recording of Field’s Nocturnes featured on Billboard’s classical charts for many weeks. He has also made a recording of his favourite Irish Airs with the Irish Chamber Orchestra entitled “My Ireland”.

In 2007 and 2008 he recorded the complete Piano Concertos of Beethoven with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs which have received great acclaim.

Mr. O’Conor’s early studies began in Dublin where his main piano teacher was Dr. J.J.O’Reilly. He was awarded an Austrian Government scholarship that enabled him to study in Vienna with the renowned pedagogue Dieter Weber. He also made a special study of Beethoven with the legendary German pianist Wilhelm Kempff. In 1973 John O’Conor was unanimously awarded First Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and in 1975 he won First Prize at the Bösendorfer Competition.

John O’Conor is deeply committed to the development of young pianists in Ireland and in other countries. As well as being Professor of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he gives masterclasses and lectures in many of the places he performs as well as in many of the major music institutions including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, Harvard, Yale, Temple, Rutgers, Indiana and Seattle Universities, the Ravinia Festival, the Adamant Music School in Vermont, the Hamamatsu Piano Academy in Japan, the National University of the Arts in Korea, the Australian National Academy and the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has been a member of the Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2006 and is a regular performer at the Festival.

He has been invited on the juries of most of the world’s most prestigious International Piano Competitions including those in Leeds, Moscow (Tchaikovsky), Vienna (Beethoven), Warsaw (Chopin), Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), Hamamatsu, Beijing, Shanghai, Munich, Bolzano (Busoni), Cologne, Vevay (Clara Haskil), Cleveland, Salt Lake City (Gina Bachauer), Sydney, Pretoria, London, College Park (William Kapell), Valencia (Jose Iturbi), Hilton Head and Seoul. His students have won many international prizes.

Since 1997 he has taken on the mantle of his revered professor Wilhelm Kempff and gives the annual Beethoven Interpretation Course in Kempff’s own villa in Positano, Italy where Kempff gave the course from 1957.

In August 2010, John O’Conor retired as Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music after 16 years at the helm during which time he introduced Masters and Doctoral degrees in performance, oversaw a major refurbishment of the building itself, acquired many new instruments for the teaching rooms (including Steinway grand pianos) and persuaded the most prominent Irish musical personalities to join the teaching faculties of the Academy. Many students have had great successes in International Music Competitions and have gone on to forge major performing careers.

John O’Conor will continue to be Professor of Piano at the RIAM but has also taken on a new position as Distinguished Visiting Artist and Professor of Piano at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.  He has also recently been appointed Visiting Professor of Piano at the Showa University of Music in Kawasaki, Japan.

For his services to music John O’Conor has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the National University of Ireland, by Trinity College Dublin and by Shenandoah University, Virginia and an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  He has been decorated with the title “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government, awarded the “Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst” by the Austrian government and has also been decorated by the Italian and Polish governments.  Most recently, the Japanese government has awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun and Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.  Mr. O’Conor has also been decorated by the governments of Italy and Poland.

Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467 Mozart
Symphony No. 3 Brahms
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Simply Spring, Solomya Ivakhiv, violin

150425 Poster Rev E THUMBSaturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman, New York) and “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine).  Known for performing both as chamber musician and solo violinist, many of her concerts are broadcasted on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and Chinese Hunan Television.

Recent performances include recitals at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), the Ethical Society (Philadelphia), WMP Series (New York), and Tchaikovsky Music Academy (Kyiv).

Dr. Ivakhiv has been guest concertmaster with the Fresno Philharmonic in California; principal violinist for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops; visiting concertmaster of Symphony Orchestra Augusta; and frequently performs in the Baltimore Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.

 Highly sought as a chamber musician, Dr. Ivakhiv collaborates with renowned artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Claude Frank, Steven Isserlis, Gil Kalish, Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, and Valentina Lisitsa.

Dr. Ivakhiv has appeared in many national and international chamber music festivals including Tanglewood and Embassy Series (USA), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), The Banff Centre and Ottawa Chamber Fest (Canada), Modern Music “Contrasts” and KyivFest (Ukraine), Kammermusik Bodensee and Verbier Festival (Switzerland).

An avid proponent of contemporary classical music, Dr. Ivakhiv enjoys working with living composers.  She premiered Violin Concerto No. 2 by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych, “Three Songs for Henie” by American composer Eli Marshall, and a chamber piece by John Mackey with the Jean Ruddy Dance Company.  She soloed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and recorded original music by Philadelphia based composer David Ludwig.  

As soloist in the United States, Dr. Ivakhiv has performed with the International Symphony and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), Henderson Symphony (Las Vegas), Londontowne Symphony (Maryland), Orchestra of Southern Utah, and the Civic Orchestra of New Haven.  Upon the visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to the United States, Dr. Ivakhiv was selected to perform in a celebratory concert to mark the occasion.

As international soloist, Dr. Ivakhiv has performed extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic (debut at age 12), Virtuozy Lvova, and the Ukrainian National Symphony.  In China, she appeared with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Ivakhiv is the recipient of international top prizes and honors including the Sergei Prokofiev and Yaroslav Kocian International Competitions, the Fritz Kreisler and Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Award from the President of Ukraine.

Dr. Ivakhiv graduated from the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and the late Rafael Druian.  During this time, she was concertmaster of both the Curtis Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras. Dr.Ivakhiv holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where her principal teachers were Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank. 

In addition to her widely acclaimed violin performances as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, Dr. Ivakhiv has a significant following as violin pedagogue.  Prior joining the faculty at Ohio University, she has conducted master classes, taught as visiting professor, and collaborated with prestigious universities including West Chester University, Utah’s Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, Bard College Conservatory Prep Summer Camp, Swarthmore College, Keweenaw String Festival, Temple University Music Preparatory, and Curtis SummerFest.  Furthermore, she taught abroad at the conservatory level in China and Ukraine.

Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Piazzolla
Winter from the Four Seasons Vivaldi
Symphony No. 5 Schubert
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