We’re Back!!!

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!

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September 2020 Update

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.

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Good Shepherd’s concert series

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.

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Upcoming Concert Dates

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”!

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The Holidays Were Very Happy!

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!

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Upcoming Performance Dates

The Venice Community Orchestra is pleased to share some upcoming performance dates for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

  • November 11th: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Venice; Several musical selection at the 10:30 am service.
  • November 24th: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Venice; Several musical selection at the 10:30 am service.
  • November 28th (Thanksgiving): Salvation Army Church Community Luncheon, Venice; Holiday musical selections 11:30am-1pm.
  • December 11th: Trinity Presbyterian Church Community Holiday Concert, Venice; Holiday chorale & musical selections by the TPC choir & VCO, 7pm.
  • December 16th: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Community Dinner, Venice; Holiday musical selections 4:30pm-6pm
  • February 21st: Good Shepherd Episcopal Community Concert Series, Venice; Musical selections from VCO’s 2019-2020 repertoire, 7pm.
  • April 8th: VCO’s 2020 Spring Benefit Concert, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Venice; Full performance of 2019-2020 repertoire, 7pm.

Please plan to join us for one or more of our performances in support of our community!

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Our New Home

For many years the VCO has rehearsed Saturday mornings at the Venice campus of the State College of Florida, and our schedule of rehearsals has been structured like a class, with thirteen meetings in the fall and spring semesters.

Starting summer 2019, we have the great good fortune of having a new home at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Venice.

This allows us to schedule our weekly rehearsals from September through April at a time that works best for our musicians, to join forces with the church’s own musicians for some Sunday services, and to schedule our own concerts in the church’s sanctuary, a space that is visually and acoustically beautiful.

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Successful 2019 Spring Benefit Concert

Venice, Florida, May 2019The Venice Community Orchestra (VCO) performed its annual spring concert Wednesday April 10th at Venice Presbyterian Church.

This year’s concert raised $2,161 for Family Promise of South Sarasota County. In the last 5 years, The VCO has raised almost $10,000 for charities in our community.

All of this year’s selections were original arrangements by the group’s director, Bob Delfausse, or by Dave O’Fallon, a violist in the group.

This year’s featured soloists were extraordinary! Venice Presbyterian’s own Karen Romig played the final movement of Saverio Mercadente’s Concerto for Flute in E minor. Trumpeter Luca Stine, a local high school senior who is exceptional on violin as well as trumpet, played a jazz arrangement of two standards, “Willow, Weep for Me” and “What Is This Thing Called Love”.

The concert had a mix of great classical music (Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament,” Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, first mvt, four pieces from Schumann’s Songs Without Words, Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo) and great popular music (Leroy Anderson’s Blue Tango, Henry Mancini’s Lujon, Richard Rodgers’ Carousel).

View the concert in two parts via the YouTube links below;
Part 1: https://youtu.be/v_MSG8Z_Prg
Part 2: https://youtu.be/m0PhJnbZQxA

For more info call 518-523-3937 and speak with either Bob Delfausse or Ann Alton, or email them at altondelfausse@hotmail.com.

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2019 Spring Benefit Concert

Venice, Florida, March 2019The Venice Community Orchestra (VCO) will be performing its annual spring concert at 7:00pm, Wednesday April 10th at Venice Presbyterian Church (825 The Rialto, Venice). Freewill donations will go to support the Family Promise of South Sarasota County ( www.familypromisessc.org ).

All of this year’s selections are original arrangements by the the group’s director, Bob Delfausse, or by Dave O’Fallon, a violist in the group.

Two soloists will be featured. Venice Presbyterian’s own Karen Romig will play the final movement of Saverio Mercadente’s Concerto for Flute in E minor. Trumpeter Luca Stine will play a jazz arrangement of two standards, “Willow, Weep for Me” and “What Is This Thing Called Love.” Luca is a local high school student who wins awards both on trumpet and violin.

The concert will be a mix of great classical music (Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament,” Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, first mvt, four pieces from Schumann’s Songs Without Words, Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo) and great popular music (Leroy Anderson’s Blue Tango, Henry Mancini’s Lujon, Richard Rodgers’ Carousel).

For more info call 518-523-3937 and speak with either Bob Delfausse or Ann Alton, or email them at altondelfausse@hotmail.com.

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2018 Spring Benefit Concert Complete Success!

Venice, Florida, August 6, 2018 Message from Scot Deagan, Vice President & Events Coordinator -A heartfelt “thank you” to all of the audience members attending our 3rd annual Spring benefit concert on Wednesday, April 18th. Again this year, your “freewill” donations raised enough money to fund the St. Mark’s Outreach Ministry & Interfaith Outreach’s “Lunch Program”, for SIX months!

With this year’s total donations of $2,221, we have raised almost $7,500 for this worthy outreach program.

With performance pieces ranging from Arioso to Scailiana, from Jamaican Rumba to The King and I, there was much to enjoy!

Our guest soloists, Jack Gallahan (Concerto for Cello) and Luca Strine (Czardas, violin) were magnificent. Truly talented young gentleman.

As always, thank you to our VCO members and very talented professional “friends” who joined us. A special thanks to Bob Delfausse, Ann Alton and Dave O’Fallon, for the endless dedication to conducting, coaching and arranging music for us.

And finally, a debt of gratitude to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (performance venue) and Interfaith Outreach, Inc., for the opportunity to achieve our mission: “Practicing and playing music for our enjoyment, the enjoyment of others and in support of our community.”

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