Sarasota Monday Series


Bruce Adolphe

You will know Bruce from his appearances on NPR's "Performance Today" as the Piano Puzzler. But he's also one of the country's top music lecturers.


Warren Jones

Much more than an "accompanist", Warren's playing was called "exquisite" by the NY Times, and he has performed and partnered with many of the world's best-know artists such as Stephanie Blythe, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Samuel Ramey, Kathleen Battle, and Marilyn Horne. See and hear how he transforms the meaning of "accompanying" to true collaboration with his performing artists.


Bella Hristova

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances and beautiful sound, Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. Winner of many awards including the Avery Fisher Career Grant, she has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and with numerous orchestras throughout the world. Her SILL debut should not be missed.


Rafael Davila

Long a favorite with the Sarasota Opera, Davila's career is now in full ascent with performances with Chicago Lyric, Washington National Opera, and a stunning debut at the MET as Don José in "Carmen" on only 1 ½ hours notice! Be sure to attend his first appearance for Music Mondays, learn about the life of an opera singer and hear his glorious voice live.


Nathan Lee

Seattle-area pianist Nathan Lee began playing the piano at age six and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. At 15, Lee won first prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as 14 other prestigious prizes. Recent engagements include a performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s “From the Top,” the Cleveland Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, and he shared the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang with the Seattle Symphony.


Justino Diaz

Justino starred with Leontyne Price in the opening performance of the new MET in Lincoln Center, and has since sung all over the world, including Franco Zeffirelli's movie of Verdi's "Otello" and "Callas Forever." He has also served as Artistic Director of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.


John Miller

John is more than just another face behind that big bass fiddle. Principal bass player of the Sarasota Orchestra, John is witty, intellectual and a great interview, especially when he demonstrates and performs live. And he plays jazz, too.


Daniel Jordan

Probably the best known violinist in Sarasota, Daniel Jordan has been concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra since 1998. He is also the Principal 2nd Violin of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Dan will show and tell us about important factors in selecting violins and bows and differences among them, together with musical illustrations.


Narek Arutyunian

Now only 25, Narek was already an international prize winner at the age of 16, and since then he has performed to vast adjectives of praise all over the world. The Washington Post called him "an artist who reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity. His appearance on Music Mondays is definitely a "must see.".


Jenny Kim-Godfrey

Jenny has already endeared herself to audiences with her lovely tone and engaging stage presence. She was featured with the Gloria Musicae Singers on at least two occasions and brings her lovely voice and bubbly personality to Music Mondays for her first solo appearance.


Jamie Bernstein

The illustrious daughter of Leonard Bernstein is a musician in her own right as well as music commentator, writer, and radio personality is making a special return visit to SILL in commemoration of her father's centennial year. She will bring us stories galore and some interesting videos of his work.



Ashu has developed a trailblazing career as the first and only full-time concert saxophone soloist, and he has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international awards and competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists. He created such a sensation on his first visit to SILL, we invited him back for a return appearance.