The program that I've been producing airs tonight (and on Christmas Eve), and I still have yet to mention it here!
Hope you can tune in for "Christmas with the Ohio Valley Symphony" tonight at 9pm and December 24 at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio. Here's the press release from the Ohio Valley Symphony with all the details!
Ohio Valley Symphony, Christmas 2009
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE OHIO VALLEY SYMPHONY
W.Va. Public Radio airs "Christmas with the OVS"
Hark! The little town of Gallipolis is about to share its holiday spirit with the world, thanks to West Virginia Public Radio. The state-wide network will air "Christmas With The Ohio Valley Symphony" -- a broadcast of highlights from the OVS's 2009 "Christmas Show" recorded live at the Ariel Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre-- twice during the week before Christmas.
Celebrate the sounds of the season with family, friends, and favorite holiday songs and Christmas carols at Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. OVS music director Ray Fowler leads southeast Ohio's only professional orchestra from the stage of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre. The performance was part of the orchestra's season-long 20th birthday celebration.
For Fowler, the OVS's conductor since its first performance in 1989, the holiday concert is a special event that has become a beloved community tradition. Listeners can look forward to new pieces, holiday classics and more modern seasonal standards -- all set for orchestra by master arrangers including Carmen Dragon and Leroy Anderson.
The OVS's years of success are a testament to the region's dedication, Fowler said. "A small, Appalachian community can actually support a quality symphony orchestra experience. That's very special."
Hearing the OVS on their home stage, the 1895 opera house that was restored by the community is a special treat. “The acoustics are superb,” remarked Executive Director Lora Lynn Snow. “We treat the Ariel as an instrument and have designed the orchestra around the hall. We are so pleased to be able to share this sound with WV Public Radio’s audience.”
In addition to the 14 broadcast stations of WVPR, whose signals already reach well into Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the performance also will be available online through the network's Web site, www.wvpubcast.org. On this home page, click on the “Listen Live” box and choose the medium you want to listen on (computer, iPhone). Anyone around the world with an Internet connection -- on a computer or a mobile device like a smartphone -- will be able to share the experience of an Ohio Valley Symphony holiday.
Tune in and let The Ohio Valley Symphony cap your Christmas preparations with this special holiday event. For more information, call the Ariel-Dater office at (740) 446-2787, visit the OVS online or WVPR's Classically Speaking blog.