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Venice, Florida, May 2, 2017 - Message from Martin Himmelfarb, Vice Chair Interfaith Outreach and member of the VCO (Violin 2) - Our hard work paid off and not just musically. Despite the fact that many people had already returned north, our April 19, 2017 spring concert raised $2,356, enough to fund 5 months of the free lunch program for the profoundly needy at the Center of Hope. This was a huge success by all accounts and we have been booked in for next April 18 already. Nancy Simmonds (violin 2) told us that the Haley House benefit concert in early April raised $1,600. The level to which our playing raised the spirits of the guests at the Salvation Army and at the Holiday dinner and the folks at the SRQ airport was immeasurable. It was a great season and we look forward to our new season in the fall. [...]
Venice, Florida, April 12, 2017 Fourteen-year-old cellist Jack Gallahan will perform with the Venice Community Orchestra in a concert to benefit others at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Venice, FL. A ninth grader at the Pine View School in Osprey, Gallahan will solo in Gabriel Faure’s Elegie Opus 24 on a gorgeous 300-year-old cello and join the orchestra in a concert of classical and pops favorites. Open to the public, the free concert will also include works by the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and highlights from the Broadway smash South Pacific. Gallahan began studying music with piano lessons at the age of five. After joining his school orchestra, he re-focused his musical energies on the cello and began studying with Julliard artist Dr. Anne Alton. Recognizing the positive impact of music on the lives of others, he started a program [...]
Venice, Florida, February 19, 2016 - The Venice Community Orchestra and Friends are pleased to invite family and friends to their Spring Concert. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20st, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 508 Riviera St., Venice Island. Freewill offerings will be accepted to benefit the lunch program for the homeless and needy of South Sarasota County. Bob Delfausse, VCO Conductor and Artistic Co-Director, will be conducting. Concert PosterClick to enlarge
Venice, Florida, April 29, 2015 - Bassist Nancy Leipold, who divides her time between Venice and Michigan, doubles on the French Horn...and on the violin...and on the alphorn...and on the banjo. And in addition to playing with the VCO, this retired nursing professor performs with the Gulf Coast Banjo Society at Snookhaven and with the Venice Concert Band, where she plays French horn and recently a banjo solo that was remarkable enough to draw the attention of the local media. This is a recent photo of Nancy, performing her solo in front of the ninety piece Venice Concert Orchestra. There were a thousand people in the audience. BRAVO!! Cellist Margaret Bartley, who summers in the Adirondack mountains of New York, besides playing in the orchestra is a writer with a book to her credit. "Grisha," the story of legendary cellist Gregor Piatagorsky, was written as her master's degree thesis in [...]
Venice, Florida, March 18, 2015 - The Venice Community Orchestra is pleased to invite family and friends to their Spring Recital. The performance will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21st, in the Selby Room of the Sarah H. Pappas Professional Development Center (Bldg. 800, SE corner of campus) on the campus of the State College of Florida, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293. Laurie Vodnoy-Wright, VCO Artistic Director, will be conducting the group as they play the following selections; Manchester Suite (Nelson) Fantasie (Mozart) Ode to Joy (Beethoven) Rondeau (Mouret) Air in D (Handel) Hornpipe (Handel) La Rejouissance (Handel) Trumpet Tune (Clark) O Mio Babbino (Puccini) Capriol Suite for Orchestra (Warlock) Menuet from the 11th Symphony (Hayden) Concerto in D Major Harp and String Orchestra (Vivaldi) Family and friends are invited to join the VCO members after the performance for a modest pot-luck lunch celebration.
Venice, Florida, February 19, 2015 - Under the direction of Ron Silver, Producer of New Music at New College of Florida in Sarasota, several VCO members will be participating in a recital of Terry Riley’s composition, In C. The performance will take place at 8pm, 3/14 at the Pepsico Arcade on New College of Florida campus. In C is a musical piece composed by Mr. Riley in 1964 and consists of 53 melodic patterns played in sequence. It is often cited as the first minimalist composition of the time period. The patterns are played consecutively with each performer having the freedom to determine how many times he or she repeats each pattern before moving on to the next. Each pattern can be played in unison or canonically in any alignment with itself or with its neighboring patterns. “One of the joys of In C is the interaction of the players [...]