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Griffey

Anthony Dean Griffey
1/6/20
Anthony Dean Griffey

American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and former member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program, Griffey has appeared at the MET in roles as divergent as Britten’s Peter Grimes and Lenny in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. He is also a Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music.


Foley

Xavier Foley
1/13/20
Xavier Foley

Xavier Foley is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Young Concert Artists International Auditions and is dazzling audiences everywhere with his virtuosic command of the String Bass, a rather unusual solo instrument. He has given solo recitals around the country and is also active in chamber music, performing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as other well-known groups.


Albright

Charlie Albright
1/20/20
Charlie Albright

Virtuoso pianist Charlie Albright, a teller of great stories and master of on-the-spot improvisation, is returning to Music Mondays for his third visit. Not limited to the classics, his earlier programs have ended with “Great Balls of Fire,” guaranteed to bring the audience to its feet. We’re really happy to have him back and know you will be too. He always has a few surprises for us.


Williams

Brad Williams
1/27/20
Brad Williams

Brad Williams has been principal trombone of the Sarasota Orchestra for ten seasons and is Music Mondays’ first-ever trombonist. He also performs regularly with the Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and ensembleNEWSRQ. He has performed Berio’s fiendishly difficult Sequenza V for Trombone for the Ringling International Arts Festival dressed as Grock, the famous circus clown.


Burton

Amy Burton and John Musto
2/3/20
Amy Burton and John Musto

This dynamic husband-and-wife duo combine forces for a panoply of wonderful songs from the American Songbook, Opera, and Musto’s own catalogue of songs. Musto is a prolific composer, including four performed operas, and Burton has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and the White House. They join us for intriguing conversation, stories and songs from all over.


Trio

Romm Family Trio
2/10/20
Romm Family Trio

Ronald and Aaron Rommtrumpets, and Avis Romm, piano, have dazzled audiences internationally with their unique trio. Ronald was a member of the renowned Canadian Brass for almost 30 years, son Aaron has performed world wide, and Avis has long been a well known coach and chamber music performer. Together they present an unbeatable mixture of classics and contemporary music.


Vieaux

Jason Vieaux
2/17/20
Jason Vieaux

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux is “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists”(Gramaphone) and has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. He is co-founder of the Guitar Department of the famed Curtis Institute of Music, is one of the countries leading instructors and has also appeared with Sarasota’s La Musica Chamber Music Festival.


Thomas

Todd Thomas
2/24/20
Todd Thomas

Long a favorite of Sarasota audiences, baritone Todd Thomas, continues his career as one of America’s most sought-after artists. He has performed with virtually every major opera company including New York’s Metropolitan, Chicago’s Lyric, Miami’s Florida Grand, the Seattle Opera, and the Sarasota Opera. Todd’s outstanding voice and winning personality have made him an audience favorite wherever he has appeared. Todd is Music Monday’s June LeBell Artist for 2020.


Men

The Melodica Men
3/2/20
The Melodica Men

Take two classically trained musicians with a sense of humor, give them toy instruments to play for fun, and you have The Melodica Men, whose unique performances of classical works on their melodicas have made them a world-wide sensation. They have performed on YouTube and the Internet, as well as in appearances with major orchestras. They are also pioneering a new way of learning music as a language through the melodica.


Batjer

Margaret Batjer
3/9/20
Margaret Batjer

Margaret Batjer made her debut at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with other major orchestras of America and Europe. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is longtime concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, on the faculty of USC’s Thornton Music School, The Colburn School, and the Sarasota Music Festival.


Chavez

Lisa Chavez
3/16/20
Lisa Chavez

Lisa Chavez has captivated Sarasota audiences with her appearances as Carmen, Rosina, and other roles, during her recent seasons with the Sarasota Opera. She is also a leading artist with the New York City Opera, and scored a great success in the world premier of Stonewall this past June. Chavez is a winner of many vocal competitions and has her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.


Winner

First Prize Winner
3/23/20
First Prize Winner

The tri-annual Olga Kern Piano Competition finals take place November 1st, and the First Prize winner will be our closing guest for this season. Contestants from all over the world compete for the $30,000 in Cash Prizes, and Music Mondays is pleased and honored to present the winner to our audience before he/she performs in major venues throughout the world. .