Vermont Symphony Orchestra honors volunteers and donors
Twomembers of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Governing Board of Directors retired following completion of the maximum number of years permitted and were recognized for their service at the recent VSO Association Annual Meeting held at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Brian Harwood of Waterbury and Richard Schneider of Northfield were honored for twelve years of outstanding service each. Harwood stepped down as Chair for the 2011-2013 seasons.
“Richard Schneider played an important role on our board,” says VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan. “He shared his insight, wisdom, and experience as a non-profit executive. Brian Harwood served a critical role in rallying the board behind a vision statement development and
were recognized for a lifetime of giving. process, which directly led to our successful $3.5 million Orchestra is the only statewide endowment campaign. We will orchestra providing live musimiss both Rich and Brian, and cal experiences for listeners in thank them for their leadership, Vermont. It is a state-supported intellect, and enthusiasm.” non-profit institution founded in
Richard and Jaime Schneider of Northfield and Malcolm and Gladys Severance of Colchester were each recognized with a Crescendo Society Award for Lifetime Giving. Acknowledgement in the Crescendo Society honors the extraordinary support of the Orchestra’s most generous contributors that have given $25,000 or more in realized cash or in-kind contributions. A custom-designed glass statue created by Simon Pearce was presented. The “Volunteer of the Year” award was presented to Francis “Dutch” Walsh, a member of the Southeast Vermont friends of the VSO. Dutch was cited for his exemplary efforts helping the VSO performances in Bellows Falls and Chester.
The VSO’s Made in Vermont Music Festival statewide tour continues through September 30th and the Masterworks series opens on Saturday, October 26 at the Flynn Theater for the Performing Arts in Burlington. Tickets are also available for “The True Story of Peter and the Wolf,” a family Halloween concert to be held in Colchester, Montpelier, Middlebury and St. Albans.
The Vermont Symphony 1935 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music.
Localparticipants in a “Draw the Line” national day of action stand in front of the St. Albans Immigration building on Saturday, 9/21 and used sidewalk chalk to say: “Draw the Line” and “No tar sands pipeline”. People rallied across the country in scores of creative events, large and small, to demand that President Obama deny the permit for the potentially disastrous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
“The Keystone XL pipeline is all about TransCanada Corp. getting its tar sand oil down to Texas for export”, said Paula Schramm of Enosburg, a long-time opponent of tar sands development, who was arrested in front of the White House in 2011 with 73 other Vermonters. “It doesn’t do us any good and puts us at risk for the worst kind of oil spills, like the one in the Kalamazoo River, which in 3 years
Paula Schramm, Al Walsky, Ashley Bies and Diana Bailey still hasn’t been completely cleaned up. The U.S. is only an obstacle to get through for TransCanada and they don’t care either that they are devastating northern Alberta to produce the dirtiest kind of oil there is. More gas is burned to get the oil out of the sand than is used for heating homes in all of Canada.”
Vermonter Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, said, “We’re hoping President Obama might be finally steeling himself to draw a line in the sand against the planet’s filthiest oil - so we thought it would be useful to give him a little inspiration from every corner of the country.”
A second Franklin County “Draw the Line” event called “Ban the Sands - Riverquest” occurred just outside Richford on the Missisquoi River on Saturday. The Missisquoi is crossed by a pipeline in the NorthEast Kingdom that is being considered for carry- ing tar sand oil east to Portland, Maine. Eight canoes, some rented from Montgomery Adventure Tours in Montgomery Center, tried to line up under a banner for a photograph. Activists included a McGill University professor and his young children who came to the event in solidarity against Tar Sands. (Canadians are facing a difficult struggle against the Harper government, which has given in to requests of the oil industry to eliminate 40 years of environmental laws to speed up tar sands development, and which has muzzled any scientists who object.)
“We tried to do a straight line with the canoes, but the winds and current made that impossible,” said Sarita Khan of Montgomery. “The sign kept flipping up and so Joelle Khan volunteered to climb up to straighten the sign. The rain held off and we had an absolutely wonderful day on the river.»
Francis “Dutch” Walsh received the Volunteer of the Year award.
Brian Harwood was honoured for 12 years with the VSO.