Our 51st Year

Music Overview

What a spectacular Music Mondays season we have lined up for Sarasota and Venice! The roster for the 2022 season features a kaleidoscope of musical artists from a myriad of artistic disciplines. All artists are new to Music Mondays and three are local musicians that you have likely heard in performance around the area. One incredible addition to the experience is one of the world's finest theremin performers, Thorwald Jřrgensen, on March 21. Thorwald, a Dutch musician, will showcase his incredible gift with the theremin, an electronic musical instrument which is controlled by the performer without physical contact. This will undoubtedly be one of the most intriguing Music Mondays that we've had over the past decade. Another unusual guest will be Mary Jo Heath, commentator for the Metropolitan Opera radio programs and HD presentations.

Additional programs feature a pair of cellists, Emilio and Cara Colón, and we'll hear about their chamber music festival in Puerto Rico. Local celebrities include Jonathan Godfrey, guitarist extraordinaire, Sarasota Orchestra principal violist Rachel Halvorson and singing actress Ann Morrison, co-founder of SaraSolo. Keyboard artists include concert organist Stephen Hamilton and pianist Vijay Venkatesh. Vocal artists showcased are Matthew Vickers, appearing with the Sarasota Opera this season and a trio of singers from the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Geneva Lewis, violinist and Gabriel Martins, cellist will wow us with their virtuosity - two of the world's finest up and coming young musicians. Rounding out the season is flutist Richard Sherman, principal flutist with the Chautauqua Symphony and educator at Michigan State University. Rick and I were classmates at the Eastman School of Music and I'm looking forward to our musical reunion for the Music Mondays program.

During this past year, we lost Edward Alley who had assumed the role of producer/host for Music Mondays following the passing of his wife, June LeBell. We miss them both but recall fondly their enthusiasm for music, support for the Sarasota community, and incredible sense of humor. Their presence will continue to live on in our hearts. And, the season will again feature musical conversations with great artists in the tradition that June and Ed designed but with a slight twist - we are adding more musical performance to each session. Our venues have remained the same: Church of the Palms in Sarasota and Venice Presbyterian Church. Robert Sherman will continue in his role as host in Venice along with a new face to the Music Mondays program, Betsy Hudson Traba. Betsy is principal flutist with the Sarasota Orchestra and will be a wonderful addition as host.

Like everyone, we are so looking forward to a return-to-normal season as much as possible following the worldwide pandemic that has gripped us since 2020. With the restrictions implemented for our well-being, we responded in 2021 with an online season that was remarkably successful considering our limitations as newbies in the digital world. We thoroughly appreciate the support you provided during this incredible season, both in words and contributions.

We hope that you will join us on our journey this season - Music Mondays: Musical Conversations with Great Performers is a very special program presented by SILL, offering you a glimpse into the life of amazing artists.

Joseph Holt