Coach Calhoun to Appear at Broadway Live’s “The Conncert”
Woodstock, CT: NCAA legendary basketball coach Jim Calhoun will be appearing at the upcoming Broadway Live’s Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center’s benefit concert with his wife Pat called “The Conncert”. The Conncert is fast approaching on Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th at the Center for the Arts at Woodstock Academy, formerly known as the HYDE Cultural Center in Woodstock, CT. As honorary chairpersons for the local YMCA capital campaign, Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun will be addressing the Saturday evening concert goers along with performances by over 30 local and regional performers backed by a large orchestra with arrangements by Walter Gwardyk who is an arranger of music for the Hartford Symphony and New England Jazz. As the former head coach of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team, Coach Calhoun won three NCAA national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011 as well as many other notable accomplishments throughout his career. With his team's 2011 NCAA title win, Calhoun became the oldest coach to win a Division I men's basketball title. He won his 800th game in 2009 and finished his career with 873 victories, ranking 12th all-time as of Feb. 2015. Calhoun is one of only six coaches in NCAA Division I history to win three or more championships and is widely considered one of the greatest coaches of all time. In 2005, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Coach Calhoun and his lovely wife Pat will be joining us for this amazing event,” stated James Doran Kellaway, The Conncert Executive Producer. “We have been preparing for this special concert for over a year and we are ready for opening night!” Executive Director for the Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center Amanda Kelly added, “Jim and Pat Calhoun are two of the most generous people I have met. Jim has a personal connection to youth development and he intentionally stands behind organizations that support that mission. By providing their names to the Capital Campaign, they were able to help launch the fundraising efforts for our wonderful new YMCA. Every time the YMCA has reached out to both Jim and Pat, they have always said “yes”. Helping us to promote “The Conncert” and raise money is just the most recent way the Calhoun’s help to strengthen our community.”
“The Conncert” or The Connecticut Concert is a special benefit performance for the Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center that features music from Broadway, Jazz, Rock & Roll, and Classical music performed by 30 regional vocalists backed by an18 piece orchestra. The dates of the show are Saturday, April 7th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 8th at 2pm. Performances are being held at the Center for the Arts at Woodstock Academy and tickets are now available at the YMCA in Putnam or on-line at www.theconncert.com