Welcome to SILL’s 47th season!
This year we’re dedicating the entire Music Mondays series to the memory of our beloved June LeBell. June’s popular Music Mondays series has been a favorite of Sarasota music lovers for many years. Ed Alley, June’s partner in life and music, will carry on with the program that he and June planned together for the 2018 season. In addition to his starring role as June’s husband, Ed, a conductor, was manager of the New York Philharmonic and Associate Director of the Julliard Opera Center.
SILL’s Global Issues series was launched in 1972 by a group of Sarasotans intent on providing stimulating, informative lectures on the critical issues of the day. Since then, SILL’s annual audience has grown to more than 45,000 at three different locations--Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch.
Our lineup this season includes six former U.S. ambassadors, including Dennis Ross and Christopher Hill, both experts on the Middle East. The tricky topic of the Russian enigma will be addressed by hometown star Professor Robert Barylski, former president of SILL and Russian expert extraordinaire! Perennial SILL favorite Martin Walker will give us the outlook from Europe. On the domestic side legendary New York Times editor Hedrick Smith will focus on the Trump presidency. Other topics will include: The Opioid Crisis, Robots in Our Future, Climate Change, and Protecting the U.S. Infrastructure.
Whatever your interests, SILL has something for you! And if you’d like to become even more involved – SILL is always looking for volunteers. One way or the other, please join us for the 2018 season!