SEVEN joins Ohio Valley Symphony for gala celebration of America’s 236th birthday
By Seven | June 19, 2013, 12:50 pm

For the fifth year, The Ohio Valley Symphony will offer some free fireworks of its own to help celebrate Independence Day as the culmination of the city's annual River Recreation Festival.

The free concert, July 6 at 8 pm in the Gallipolis City Park, helps celebrate the nation's 236th birthday with a musical picnic of patriotic songs including a salute to America's armed forces, a tribute to Martin Luther King and Sousa marches. The keystone to the evening will be Tchaikovsky's rousing "1812 Overture." Ray Fowler, the OVS's founding music director, conducts.

Joining Fowler and the orchestra is the vocal group SEVEN a member of which is Gallia County’s own Phillip Armstrong.

Following their debut concert in October of 2011, SEVEN has been on a fast track to success. The Might Sound of SEVEN has re-invented the “popera” idiom by creating a new sound never before heard on the classical stage, the church platform or the convention center banquet hall.

The men of SEVEN originate from all over the United State and their roots are as diverse as their music. When Amick, Charlie, Frank, John, Kelly, Phil and Van come together, SEVEN’s live performance is an experience overflowing with joy, vitality and variety, from start to finish.

The unique voices, charm and heart of SEVEN take audiences on an inspirational journey that will change your life!

For 23 years, the Ohio Valley Symphony has been southeast Ohio's only professional orchestra. The Fourth of July concert is part of its mission to bring great music performed by great artists to the Ohio Valley region. The program is dubbed the Summer Elizabeth Concert in honor of OVS volunteer Elizabeth Davidson, who suggested the idea. The teen's enthusiasm convinced philanthropist Ann Carson Dater to fund the program.