Welcome everyone to the 2020 season of Music Mondays. This marks my 10th season with Music Mondays, my 3rd as Host in Sarasota and our 6th season at Church of the Palms in Sarasota and Venice Presbyterian Church. We’re so pleased to be in these lovely venues, and apparently you are as well, as our total attendance has virtually doubled since we moved. Last season our Music Mondays audiences totaled over 13,000.
We have quite a lineup for 2020, featuring both old favorites and artists new to Music Mondays, and Joseph Holt and Robert Sherman will again be hosts in Venice. Two artists returning for their 3rd appearance are Baritone Todd Thomas (Feb. 24) and Pianist/Improvising Artist Charlie Albright (Jan. 20). They’ve been such audience favorites in their earlier appearances, we’re responding to many of your requests by having them back this season.
The 2020 season kicks off on January 6th with Metropolitan Opera Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey. Griffey was featured on the MET-HD broadcasts as “Peter Grimes” and was also seen last season in “Marnie.” He is a great recitalist and story teller, and I know he’ll be a great starter for our season.
New to Music Mondays, but not to Sarasota audiences, are violinist Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and faculty member of the Sarasota Music Festival, and classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, who has appeared with La Musica Chamber Music and teaches at the famed Curtis Institute of Music. Trumpeter Ronald Romm, formerly with the Canadian Brass, and pianist Avis Romm will be joined by son Aaron, also a trumpet virtuoso, for an exciting program of music for two trumpets and piano on February 10th. Brad Williams, principal trombone of the Sarasota Orchestra, will be our guest on January 27th. You’ll also learn what happens when two classically trained musicians with both a sense of humor and inventive genius produce when the Melodica Men come to Music Mondays on March 2nd. Their inventive performances are all over YouTube, but we will see them in person.
We also host Xavier Foley, double bass virtuoso, pianist John Musto and his wife soprano Amy Burton, mezzo Lisa Chavez and more. Our final guest this season will be the Grand Prize Winner of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition, whose name we won’t be know until the finals are over.
With all these great performers, this season of Music Mondays looks like one of our best ever. So get your season tickets and join us for “SILL’s Music Mondays: Musical Conversations with Great Performers.”