Ed Colodny Named Honorary Chair of VSO Endowment Campaign

first_imgEd Colodny, long-time member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra board was recently named honorary chair of the VSO Endowment Campaign. In January, the VSO governing board announced that it has launched a major campaign to raise $3.5 million, and that it had already raised $2.6 million toward that goal. The VSO is so vital to the cultural–and economic–well-being of Vermont, Colodny says. Can you imagine the void if the VSO were not here? I am honored to serve as honorary chair of this effort, and ask all who benefit from the VSO to join in this important campaign.Colodny, a Burlington native, served the Burlington community as interim president and chief executive officer of the Fletcher Allen Health Care, and prior to that, as interim president and chief executive officer of the University of Vermont. He was president and chief executive officer of US Airways before becoming chair of the board of Comsat Corp, leader in global satellite and digital networking services. Colodny has served on numerous boards around the country. Ed Colodny loves this music and believes in this orchestra, says VSO board chair.  Ken Squier. We could not have a better leader for this endowment effort. To have someone who has meant so much to all the state in this role is so meaningful and truly an honor for us all.The VSO has brought music to all corners of Vermont for 75 years. It was founded in the fall of 1934, when Vermont s scattered musical forces, including musicians, farmers, bankers, plumbers, and teachers, joined together to become the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The organization became the first state-supported orchestra in 1939, and over the years as other state orchestras performed from music halls, the VSO continued to bring music to historic and beautiful outdoor locations around the state. Today, under the leadership of Jaime Laredo, the orchestra has become a great professional orchestra.During the 2007/2008 season the Orchestra reached an audience of 61,358 in 161 communities, including 28,198 school children through its popular SymphonyKids outreach program in Vermont schools. Overall the Orchestra produced 339 performances and events statewide 296 of the events were offered free of charge to the audience.For additional information about the VSO Endowment Campaign, please contact the VSO at 2 Church Street, Suite 3B, Burlington, Vermont 05401 or call 800-876-9293, ext. 25. For information about forthcoming concerts, please visit VSO website at www.vso.org(link is external).last_img read more

Soccer Skills Camp Commences

first_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fenceviewer Staffcenter_img BAR HARBOR — With the fall high school sports season barely ended, some young soccer players already are lacing up their shoes and taping their socks for the Late Fall Skills Academy.The focus of the eight weekly sessions is fundamental soccer skills for individual players – passing, trapping, dribbling and shielding the ball. But the object of the skills academy, according to director Michael Curless, is mastery.“What we emphasize is how to do these skills perfectly,” said Mr. Curless. “Not just how to get the ball from point A to point B, but how to pass the ball so it’s smooth and at a perfect pace. We really break down the skills to their components.”The academy is a program of Acadia Fire FC, a soccer club based in Mount Desert Island that draws players from Hancock County. The soccer club offers winter and spring programs in addition to the fall program and league play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFemale and male players compete together in the sessions. “That’s why we have some of the strongest female players [in Hancock County],” said Mr. Curless. Each session ends with a scrimmage.“We have seen massive improvements in a lot of players,” many who have returned after the program was first offered in 2011. Mr. Curless said in some ways, it is an ideal situation to refine individual soccer skills. Practices take place indoors.“You really have to learn the skills and learn them correctly,” he said. “The wood floor reveals all mistakes – and perfection.”The 65 participants were broken into groups by grade. The 1st to 3rd grade players practice together from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Trenton Middle School on Mondays.The 4th to 6th grade players practice together at the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m. The oldest players in the 6th and 8th grades practice the longest, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, also at the YMCA.Following the first sessions, Mr. Curless said it was going “spectacularly well.” This is the second year of the official fall program, but Mr. Curless said it took place in a less formal format during the five years since the club’s founding.Anyone interested in the winter session could contact acadiafirefc@gmail.com or 244-0454.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more