Le Bell Canto by June LeBell

Le Bell Canto

Music and merry making in Sarasota.

by June LeBell

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Virginia, Wonderful Virginia

Who could better bring us back to earth and set our feet in the right direction than Virginia Toulmin, whose life was spent so generously giving to others what she felt had been so graciously given to her by the God she believed in with all her heart.

A Very Artistic Artist Series

We just received the brochure for the Artist Series of Sarasota's upcoming season and one look made me say, "Wow! What a line up."

Sarasota Lights

The other night, after hearing the Sarasota Music Festival give one of the most exciting concerts we’ve heard in a long time at the Sarasota Opera House, we stepped out onto Pineapple Avenue and I had this funny déjà-vu-all-over-again feeling that I was back in New York City ...

The (Not So) Drowsy Apple

We went to the opening of the Golden Apple's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" the other night and, contrary to some silly pre-conceived ideas I walked in with, I didn't have one even remotely drowsy moment.

Tribute to George Jellinek

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I made a quick trip to New York City to pay tribute to George Jellinek, my colleague and friend from WQXR, who had passed away in his early 90s about two months earlier.

From the Inside Out: Gloria Musicae and Rossini

Rossini. Except for a couple of his song cycles, I’ve always avoided him like the plague. It’s not that I don’t like his music; “The Barber of Seville” is fun.

About June LeBell

Sarasota is now my home but I will always remember my roots in the upper west side of Manhattan. It's where I learned to love good music, great food and fascinating people. I had the good fortune to make a 30-year career as a staff announcer and "On Air Personality" with WQXR radio, interview hundreds of the greatest classical music performers and learn from them about the things I love. Along the way, I wrote for Gourmet Magazine, the New York Times, Ovation, Stage Bill and many other periodicals I once thought I'd only get to read. Now, living with my husband (an opera conductor and music administrator) and our two dogs — Lily and Rosy — here in Sarasota, and continuing my exciting life in music, I'm very excited about sharing my passions with you. I've never been so happy and enthusiastic about life. It's an enthusiasm that's positively contagious and I hope that my writing will make you catch it!

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