Music 2017


'Tis the Season and 2017 is going to be even more exciting than anything we've produced in the past.

Our opening act stars Blair Tindall, a familiar name to those who've read her book and seen her hit television series, "Mozart in the Jungle," a program that goes behind the scenes for an intimate look at how a major symphony orchestra functions, with all its pitfalls, prima donnas and politics. Blair is also an oboist and she'll be playing for us as we sample some of the provocative scenes from her TV series.

We have several remarkable instrumentalists on the roster including Sarasota Orchestra's principal flutist Betsy Traba with harpist Cheryl Losey, and world-renowned oboist Bert Lucarelli. Our friends at Young Concert Artists in New York City have teamed up with SILL and the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota to give us the opportunity to hear from award-winning pianist Andrew Tyson and the French Cellist Edgar Moreau. They'll each be playing a recital for ASC but Music Mondays will be getting to know them.

Returning are some of your favorites including baritone John Brancy, tenor Robert White and organist/conductor Kent Tritle (raising the roof off both venues). And I'll be hosting a program devoted to "Richard Rodgers, America's Waltz King," featuring the returning baritone Marcus deLoach with pianist Joseph Holt.

We'll have a very special appearance by two of the world's greatest Broadway/cabaret stars - - Ann Hampton Calloway and Liz Calloway - - with pianist Alex Rybeck.

And to top it all off, we're presenting a 90th birthday special with Dick Hyman that will feature, not only the master playing and speaking, but also a chance for everyone to share his birthday cake at a Sill Celebration after the performance.

Who could ask for anything more?

June LeBell