If music is the food of love, The Ohio Valley Symphony will present a full buffet when soprano Risa Renae Harman joins them on Saturday April 28, 2018. The 7:30 pm concert takes place at the historic Ariel Opera House in Gallipolis, Ohio under the direction of Maestro Ray Fowler in his final performance.

The OVS presents two delightful and much loved overtures, one from Mozart’s tale of love and deceit, The Marriage of Figaro as well as the playful yet gorgeous Overture to Die Fledermaus, both of which are chock full of familiar tunes.

Risa Renae Harman offers up a potpourri of songs spanning several continents and time periods. Dvorak’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me” from his Gypsy Melodies, Grieg’s “I Love You” (lyrics written for the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind), the fiery “Girls of Cadiz” full of castanets and Spanish posturing and “The Kiss” from the Italian composer Luigi Arditi.

Moving across the ocean for the second half of the concert, “Five Black Songs” are a celebration of Afro-Cubanism and selections from The Sound of Music, Showboat and My Fair Lady fill out the bill.

The OVS is devoted to bringing great music played by great artists to the Ohio Valley – and making orchestral music easy to love. The doors are open and the public is welcome to attend OVS rehearsals for free at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays on concert weekends. Open rehearsals are a wonderful way for young and old alike to listen to live symphonic music when schedules and timing do not allow them to attend concerts. They also offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into preparing an orchestral performance.

Concertgoers — new or veteran — have another chance to learn more about the music with a free pre concert chat in the third-floor Ariel Chamber Theatre led by Stephen Huang, Director of Orchestras at Ohio University. The pre concert talks are interactive and informal and begin at 6:45 p.m. Afterwards, stop in at the reception to meet the musicians.

All three events are included in the ticket price for The Ohio Valley Symphony concerts at $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for students. Tickets are available on the website at arieloperahouse.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. The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre is located at 426 Second Ave. in downtown Gallipolis, Ohio and is an ADA accessible facility.