GALLIPOLIS — The Ohio Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet will be performing at 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 4) as part of the Chamber Theatre series at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in downtown Gallipolis.
Ohio Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet members hail from the tri-state region and are long-time members of The Ohio Valley Symphony, as well as a number of other music ensembles in the area such as the West Virginia, Huntington and River Cities Symphonies.
Four of the five performed for the first OVS concert on April 1, 1989, in a not-yet-restored Ariel Opera House.
A woodwind quintet is a combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. While not made of wood, the horn has a sound that blends with the woodwinds. The ensemble will be playing several well-known classic compositions by Milhaud, Poldowski and Klughardt, as well as the music of some 21st century composers David Williams and Mark Biggam.
Flutist Wendell Dobbs served as professor of flute at Marshall University for 28 years. As the John Deaver Drinko Fellow, he founded the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps. He performs in a variety of ensembles large and small on modern flute as well as differing historical flutes. A former member of “Pershing’s Own” the United States Army Band, Dobbs has also recorded several CDs. He studied for several years in France with Michel Debost and Alain Marion.
Oboist Lora Lynn Snow is the founder and executive director of The Ohio Valley Symphony and the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre. She also performs regularly throughout the area in the West Virginia Symphony and as in the OVS, she serves as principal oboist in the Huntington Symphony along with principal flutist Dobbs.
Clarinetist Harry Faulk has been a soloist, clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has performed with the Fairmont College Community Symphony Orchestra, Nova Woodwind Quintet, Fairmont Chamber Players, and the West Virginia Public Theatre. He has served as president of the West Virginia Music Educators Association.
Bassoonist Karen Elliott has performed with a variety of ensembles in Ohio and West Virginia, and has recently retired from a teaching position in the Jackson County schools. She is active teaching woodwind students and playing piano and organ with her church. She also has played with the West Virginia and Huntington symphonies, and Elliott, Snow and Dobbs have a woodwind trio that performs in the region. Elliott has published the college text, “Method Book for Bassoon Techniques Class.”
OVS hornist Luke Zyla is also a longtime member of the West Virginia Symphony, River Cities Orchestra, Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, the Eastlawn Brass Quintet and the Julia-Ann Quartet. Recently retired from 30-plus years in the Wood County schools, Zyla was recognized as the West Virginia “Bandmaster of the Year” in 1997 and received the Outstanding Music Educator award in 2005.
Tickets for this performance of the Ariel Chamber Theatre series are $5 and are available at the door.
For more information, visit the Ariel website at arieltheatre.org or call the box office at 740-446-ARTS.