GALLIPOLIS — Ohio Valley Symphony concert-goers are in for a treat with the Oct. 31 Halloween concert titled Tricks & Treats.
It’s no trick. This year there is a new start time of 7:30 p.m. for all OVS concerts. Conducted by Maestro Ray Fowler, the concert features mayhem, thrills and chills, movie magic and wild rides all at the historic Ariel Theatre in downtown Gallipolis. The audience is invited to attend in costume because the orchestra will be.
The Halloween-centric concert starts off with a prank — a package of tunes from Verdi’s opera thriller A Masked Ball bundled up by Johann Strauss. Magic is invoked in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by a lazy worker who wreaks havoc by dabbling in things over his head. Millions of children have learned this music via the movie “Fantasia” (the original version as well as the more recent one in 2000).
OVS will be delving into the world of film with music from the movies “Pirate of the Caribbean” and “Poltergeist.” TV music will be represented as well with the sword and sorcery music from “Wizards and Warriors” and Rossini’s Overture to William Tell (perhaps more familiarly known to modern audiences as the music for “The Lone Ranger”).
There are plenty of thrills in Khatchaturian’s music as two lovers escape from their Roman captors in Adagio from Spartacus and the wildly frenetic Sabre Dance both from the ballet “Gayane.” In Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries, 9 demi-goddesses mounted on winged steeds gather upon a mountaintop after a great battle.
OVS has a mission of bringing the top music played by top artists to the Ohio Valley — and making orchestral music easy to love.
Join Steven Huang, director of Orchestras at Ohio University and OVS program annotator, for a pre concert chat to hear more about the music and the musicians. Held in the third-floor Ariel Chamber Theatre, the pre concert talks are free, interactive and informal and begin at 6:45 p.m. There will also be a post concert reception to meet the musicians and have some treats.
Tickets for the Ohio Valley Symphony’s concerts are $24 for adults, $22 for 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.
Go to the App Store and download the free new phone app. Just search for Ariel Theatre and install. Get information about performers and performances, read the program notes in advance and purchase tickets from your phone. You can choose to received reminders about some or all of the events at the Ariel.