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Vermont Symphony Orchestra celebrates $3.5 million endowment campaign

first_imgThe Vermont Symphony Orchestra announced today (Wednesday, January 19, 2011) that it has successfully reached its ambitious endowment goal to raise $3.5 million.At a State House press conference, Honorary Campaign Chair Ed Colodny stated, ‘In a time when cultural organizations around the country face hard times, the VSO’s audiences have been loyal and dedicated, and our programming has been innovative and rich. Now this fabulous endowment ensures stable funding for the future. We are especially grateful for the hundreds of donors who have stepped forward to allow us to reach this incredible milestone.’The three-year campaign follows the Orchestra’s 75th anniversary, celebrated during the 2009/2010 season. The purpose of the endowment is to ensure a healthy, sustainable symphony orchestra for Vermont and to help bring the Orchestra to more communities across the state through concerts and outreach programs including the popular SymphonyKids education programs in local schools.‘Music is the universal language,’ Colodny said, ‘and its existence contributes immeasurably to our quality of life. The VSO contributes mightily in making Vermont a special place to live.’The endowment campaign came at a critical moment in the Orchestra’s 75 year history. Like other orchestras, the VSO has faced economic uncertainty in the past. ‘It’s our statewide volunteer network that sets us apart,’ says Alan Jordan, VSO Executive Director. ‘Our volunteers allow a $1.8 million operation to work like a $3 million orchestra, generating enthusiasm and awareness, selling tickets and raising funds, accommodating musicians in their homes, whatever it takes,’ he says. ‘And, with these volunteers, we have raised this crucial endowment to support the orchestra for future generations.’The VSO was formed as the nation recovered from the Great Depression. It has survived through 12 recessions, and has flourished over the years. It began in the fall of 1934 when visionary musician Alan Carter gathered Vermont’s scattered musical forces’musicians who were also farmers, bankers, plumbers and teachers’to form the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. From the beginning, the VSO traveled around the state to perform wherever an audience could be found. It became the first state-supported orchestra in 1939 when the legislature provided funds for a performance at the New York World’s Fair.‘The fact that the VSO is the oldest state symphony in America and has continued with so little bedrock endowment is amazing,’ says Ken Squier, Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors. ‘We especially thank the many generous individuals and organizations whose gifts will help us perpetuate the great work that Music Director Jaime Laredo, our Orchestra, and the staff have done.’Guilford resident and world renowned violinist Jaime Laredo became Music Director in 2000. His tenure has been marked by critically acclaimed performances, and guest appearances by leading classical musicians, including Midori, Lang Lang, Jennifer Koh, Leila Josefowicz, Peter Serkin, Soovin Kim, Michael Tree and Leon Fleisher. World class cellist Yo Yo Ma returns to perform with the Orchestra on April 30. The concert has been sold out since last September.During the 2009/10 season the Orchestra reached an audience of 53,791, including 24,089 school children through its popular SymphonyKids outreach program in Vermont schools. Overall the Orchestra produced 301 performances and events statewide’266 of the events were offered free of charge to audience members.For additional information, please contact the VSO at 2 Church Street, Suite 3B, Burlington, Vermont 05401 or call 800-876-9293. For information about forthcoming concerts, please visit VSO website at www.vso.org(link is external).Photos: 1) Ed Colodny, VSO Honorary Campaign Chair2) Ed Colodny, VSO Honorary Campaign Chair; Ken Squier, VSO Board Chair; Jeb Spaulding, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Administration; Jaime Laredo, VSO Music Director; Alan Jordan, VSO Executive Director (l. to r.)last_img read more

You have just been Buzzed

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews You have just been Buzzed by: – August 31, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Ms. Dionne Durand standing on the left with Mrs. Kamala Jno. Baptiste-Aaron standing beside her.The Buzz; a hip, new thirty minute television package aimed at exploring the multi-faceted entertainment scene and creating a celebrity culture was officially launched here this morning.Image plus and Cutting Edge communications, two public relations firm here has teamed up to showcase then new entertainment television show to be aired on Marpin 2k4 on September 5th.Executive Producer of the Buzz, Dionne Durand told the media launch that The Buzz is an avenue which will promote the entertainment industry while at the same time offer quality entertainment.“At the Buzz we recognize that there exists a demand for regular, quality entertainment in Dominica. We feel that this new television show will help develop the entertainment industry by giving artists, performers and entertainers the outlet to promote their work while allowing viewers to tap into the vitality of Dominica’s entertainment scene,” she said.Chief Cultural Officer, Mr. Raymond Lawrence.Meantime Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence described the launching of the Buzz as one which will go a long way in strengthening the country’s identity.“In order for the public to become familiar with the works of our artistes, we have to promote them. That’s why the media plays a critical role in that aspect. Arts and culture could have a very positive impact on society in the process of building our capacities in the arts, in endangering harmony and peace and strengthening our sense of national identity,” he said.He says if the younger population is engaged in activities of such nature, the high incidents of violence and crime in Dominica could be reduced.Chief Technical Officer in the Ministry of Tourism Danny Reid who represented Tourism Minister Ian Douglas-says government, will create avenues to assist projects of such nature, and that the Buzz is a definition of tourism.Chief Technical Officer in the Ministry of Tourism Danny Reid“We are looking for ventures such as these where we can use what is ours to push to the next level. This can become a major part of the marketing thrust for tourism. We have some funds for marketing and we are looking for persons on the ground but with that regional links who can do the work for us,” he said.Mrs Kamala Jno Baptiste-Aaron, who is the Co-Executive Producer and host of the Buzz, says the buzz will create a celebrity culture in Dominica, placing focus on the lives of the people involved in the entertainment sector and public life in general.“We know the name Kim Kardashian and her every move. Through the buzz, we say let’s see the lifestyles, the trends the culture of Dominican entertainers and artists. Through the Buzz we say let’s find out which Dominican thirty year old woman is on her way to becoming an international sensation and let’s put that on display. In addition, just like we see what’s going on with Rihanna, Buju and Fayan, we think it’s about time the world see what’s going on with Michelle Henderson, Benji and Carleen,” she said.According to Mrs Aaron, “the Buzz will give us a chance to see a reflection of ourselves and allow the rest of the world to get a glimpse of who we are.”The entertainment package will be produced for weekly airing on Marpin 2k4 on Mondays at 7pm with repeats on Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 5pm. The Buzz will also be broadcasted via the internet on www.comeseetv.com.Dominica Vibes News 300 Views   no discussionslast_img read more