Music 2014


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We say it every year and the 2014 season is no exception: Music Monday’s Musical Conversations is not your grandfather’s music education course. In fact, it’s not a course at all. It’s a series of informal conversations about music, led by June LeBell and her specially selected hosts, with world famous performers whose insights into their careers and the music they make, along with their live and recorded performances, will have you impatient for the following Monday’s musical revelations.

This season’s performance-filled series offers a wide variety of worldclass musical personalities including the new Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra, Anu Tali, who has been described as “Lightning in a bottle.” Lightning does strike more than once because, returning to SILL, is the wondrous New York City Ballet star, Jacques d’Amboise whose larger-than-life personality and stories have held past SILL audience spell-bound.

Although many of our guests are imported from other cities, Sarasota is no slouch when it comes to great performers and, along with Anu, we have a great selection of guests for you to visit with including Michael Edwards, Producing Artistic Director of Sarasota’s Asolo Repertory Theater; the Chroma Quartet, made up of Sarasota Orchestra musicians Chris and Jennifer Takeda, Michael McClelland and Abe Feder; Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs, founders of Circus Sarasota; and Carol Wincenc, the world renowned flutist, who has spent enough time performing in Sarasota that we count her as one of our own.

Paul Plishka, leading bass with the Metropolitan Opera for many years, will be joining us for the first time to reminisce about his numerous performances, and Metropolitan Opera mezzo Leah Wool, scheduled to appear last season, but hired away from us by a major opera company, will – finally – make it here this year. Also new to SILL are Jamie Bernstein, the illustrious daughter of Leonard Bernstein, who’s a musician in her own right, as well as a music commentator, writer, performer and radio personality, and Sahan Arzruni, a great pianist (and cook!) who spent some of his career performing with Victor Borge. You’ll find other great artists on our list as you browse this website. Remember, we aim to enlighten, entertain and educate, and we’ve chosen musical guests whose conversations and performances you’ll find inspirational.

June LeBell

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