Venice, FL – SPRING 2022 – This year’s Spring benefit concert, in support of the South County Food Pantry (SCFP), took place Friday evening April 29th, at Venice’s downtown Centennial Park gazebo. It turned out to be a wonderful outdoor event attended by many supporters of SCFP and the Venice Community Orchestra.
That support, in the form of financial donations, was overwhelming. A check for $853 was presented to Linda Fraser, SCFP Donations Coordinator, on Wednesday, May 4th. Linda expressed SCFP’s appreciation…”SCFP regularly receives food donations and the orchestra’s monetary donation allows SCFP to purchase specific nutritionally beneficial foods that they don’t normally receive.”
As we head into the Summer ‘break’, we look back on the opportunity to play music together, for the benefit of our community, with great appreciation and full hearts.
Look for updates regarding our Fall plans, during the Summer months.
Venice, FL – Monday, January 24, 2022 – What a Wonderful Holiday performance season! VCO played at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Community dinner, both Sr. Friendship Centers in Sarasota & Venice, and finished by entertaining Venice residents and visiting families as they enjoyed the festively lite memorial trees & bushes at West Blaylock Park on Venice island.
Spring rehearsal began Saturday, 1/15 and will continue every Saturday in preparation for VCO’s Spring Benefit Concert scheduled for Friday evening, April 29th at Centennial Park Gazebo, downtown Venice.
Our Spring repertoire includes pieces by; Bezit, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, John Williams, AND The Beatles & Rolling Stones!
Venice, FL – Monday, July 26, 2021 – The VCO is pleased to provide our latest Fall 2021 updates;
– Begin Saturday, Aug 21st, SCF Venice Campus, 9:30-11:30am. Bldg 800 (large bldg at South end of large parking lot).
– All string players (violin, viola, cello & bass) are welcome to join us!
FALL MUSICAL SELECTIONS:
Our director/conductor, Dave O’Fallon, has chosen some pieces composed by historically significant ‘string’ composers;
- Bach Brandenburg #3
- Mozart Allegro from Serenade No. 1
- Mendelssohn Fingal’s Cave
- Bizet’s Farandole
- Two Piazzolla pieces; Oblivion & Libertango (in observance of his centennial this year)
- Vivaldi’s “Winter”
- Highlights from the Messiah
- Away in a Manger (Wonderful holiday arrangement)
- O Come O Come Emmanuel (another Wonderful holiday arrangement)
- Season of Carols (several traditional selections for our holiday performances!)
PERFORMANCES (SO FAR):
- Salvation Army Thanksgiving Luncheon – Barring any unforeseen COVID related circumstances, VCO will be continuing our longstanding performance tradition.
- St. Mark’s Community Holiday Dinner – The VCO will be continuing another tradition, playing for their December Holiday themed dinner.
- Good Shepherd Episcopal Winter/Spring Concert Series – Once again, VCO is planning on performing for their Spring concert series (probably late Feb or Mar).
- Large Holiday Concert – TBD. We’re speaking to 1-2 organizations and welcome your help in finding the right opportunity.
- Spring Concert – Again, TBD. Pretty early and already starting to plan!!!
Venice, FL – Monday, April 26, 2021 – Beginning this September, we will be re-affiliating VCO with State College of Florida (SCF), under a new conductor/director, and returning to Saturday morning ‘classes’ (rehearsals) at SCF’s Venice Campus.
Dave O’Fallon, professional music educator/musician, arranger, and former VCO member (viola), will be our conductor/director.
Please stay tuned for updates throughout the Summer. Until then, stay Safe & Healthy!
Venice, FL – Monday, September 28, 2020 – The Venice Community Orchestra is back!!! Holding regular Tuesday rehearsals beginning Tuesday, October 6th. With a stringent focus on our member’s health and safety, we will be observing mandated social distancing and wearing protective masks.
This Fall’s repertoire will include selections ranging from Beethoven & The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Leroy Anderson, Ennio Morricone, to Mozart, Dvorak, and Elgar. All beautifully arranged for The VCO by Bob Delfausse, our conductor & artistic director.
Our Fall performance schedule is yet to be determined and will be subject to the ongoing COVID-19 protocols and restrictions being practiced locally.
However, it is a Joy to gather safely and play music together, again, with the goal of performing in our community soon!
Venice, FL – Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – Trinity Presbyterian Church (TPC) remains closed to group activities, including VCO rehearsals. TPC leadership meets monthly to assess safety & viability of re-opening. We will post and communicate updates as they become available.
Venice, FL – Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – On February 22nd, we were fortunate enough to perform at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Venice. VCO participated in Good Shepherd’s 2020 six-part concert series benefiting several charities in our community.
VCO’s performance included a number of classical & more current pieces. Including Mozart’s ‘Concerto for Clarinet in A Major’, featuring soloist Bob Felman (clarinet) and Morricone’s ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’, featuring soloist Delia Montenegro (oboe).
We are pleased to announce that the ‘Free Will’ offering collection generated over $600 to benefit All Faiths Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
Click on the link to experience one of the more ‘fun’ pieces VCO performed; The Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson – https://youtu.be/_5s6_O1OTgQ.
Venice, FL – Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – Please join us at 7pm at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 115 Center Road, Venice. VCO is participating in Good Shepherd’s 2020 six part concert series benefiting several charities in our community.
VCO’s performance will include a number of classical & more current pieces. Including Mozart’s ‘Concerto for Clarinet in A Major’, featuring soloist Bob Felman (clarinet) and Morricone’s ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’, featuring soloist Delia Montenegro (oboe).
This particular concert in the series will benefit All Faiths Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
Wednesday, April 1st – Mark your calendar! VCO’s Annual Spring Benefit Concert is scheduled for 7pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4365 State Road 776 (or Englewood Hwy), Venice, FL 34293.
Program details “coming soon”!
2019’s Holiday Season added a new concert to VCO’s traditional line up of charitable concert performances!
In addition to performing at The Salvation Army of Venice’s Thanksgiving community luncheon November 28th (our 7th consecutive year!) and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Holiday Community Dinner December 16th (our 5th consecutive year!), we added a benefit concert at VCO’s “home venue”, Trinity Presbyterian Church of Venice.
The concert, on December 11th, partnered VCO with TPC’s Chancel Choir, to present a program that included; Good Christian Men Rejoice, a specially arranged version of Silver Bells, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart and traditional holiday carols & sign-a-long.
We are proud to announce that the concert donations raised over $750 for TPC’s ministries program! Thank you all for your wonderful support during the Holidays!