Our 52nd Year

Music Monday
Venice Series

Dover Quartet - string quartet

Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the GRAMMY® nominated Dover Quartet has followed a "practically meteoric" (Strings) trajectory to become one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world. The Dover Quartet was formed at the Curtis Institute of Music, and its name pays tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber.


Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson - soprano, baritone

Danielle Talamantes, soprano, earned a spot on the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2011 and has performed to great acclaim with the prestigious company, including the role of Frasquita in Carmen. A resonant singer with unique evenness in register, baritone Kerry Wilkerson has been described by the Washington Post as an "exuberant" performer.


Sergei Kvitko - piano

As a pianist, Sergei Kvitko has captured the attention of music critics with his "polished pianism… glorious Horowitzian three-dimensional perspective" (Gramophone Magazine), He is also an internationally sought-after classical recording engineer and producer of the highest caliber. As a composer, he has also garnered multiple awards.


Troy Quinn - conductor

Conductor Troy Quinn is quickly establishing himself as one of his generation’s most versatile young artists. Lauded for his energetic and riveting, yet sensitive conducting, Quinn is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky. He is also the Music Director of the Venice Symphony. In June, 2022, he was named new Music Director of the Santa Monica Symphony.


Leymis Bolanos Wilmott - choreographer

Leymis Bolanos Wilmott a Cuban American artist, mother, and teacher with rhythm inextricably in her bones, found her voice through dance at an early age. As the Founder and Artistic Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, she has the privilege of using those bones to create art that has been called "stunning and imaginative" by Carrie Seidman of the Herald Tribune.


Dean Shostak - glass armonica

Dean Shostak has dedicated his career to the revival of Benjamin Franklin's glass armonica. He has toured the country appearing in concert halls, universities, music festivals and schools. He was on the Rutgers University Mason Gross Music School teaching faculty for several years, teaching glass armonica.


Modern Marimba - diversity of music

Modern Marimba has celebrated three seasons of virtual and in-person concert programs that celebrate the true diversity of music. while sustaining equitable partnerships and respecting its local community. Tihda Vongkoth has performed as a guest orchestral percussionist with a number of local orchestras. Described as a "captivating storyteller" and "sensitive" player, Steph Davis is a Boston based artist and marimbist.


Stefan Jackiw - violin

Stefan Jackiw is one of America's foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance” that is "striking for its intelligence and sensitivity" (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.


J. Warren Mitchell - tenor

Hailed by the Ruppiner Anzeiger as "The New, Young Pavarotti," American tenor J. Warren Mitchell is an emerging star in the opera world with a voice that "can trumpet notes and make extraordinary throbbing sounds hearkening back to a golden age when gods like (Giuseppe) di Stefano still roamed." (OperaWire.com).


Conrad Herwig - jazz trombone

New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz.


Catherine Wethington - soprano

Catherine Wethington, rising star of a new generation of American coloratura sopranos, has dazzled audiences in North America and Europe with her "sumptuous coloratura and otherworldly pianissimi" (Herald Tribune). Opera Canada Magazine describes Ms. Wethington as having the "vocal power and dramatic finesse... [and] vocal fireworks" necessary for bel canto opera.


Aaron Tindall - tuba

With his orchestral playing praised as "a rock-solid foundation" and his solo playing described as being "remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy", Aaron Tindall is the principal tubist of the Sarasota Orchestra and the associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the Frost School of Music - University of Miami.