Music Mondays

Musical conversations with great artists continues in the Music Mondays programs sponsored by the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning. At the intersection of music and social justice, you will hear from Modern Marimba featuring co-founders Tihda Vongkoth and Steph Davis, a remarkable duo of musicians that are passionate in their pursuit of cultural awareness.

Modern Marimba, founded by Tihda Vongkoth and Steph Davis, has celebrated three seasons of virtual and in-person concert programs that celebrate the true diversity of music while sustaining equitable partnerships and respecting its local community. Along with a celebration and appreciation of music, Modern Marimba works to maintain safe performance spaces, curates discussions about the intersectionality of music and social justice work, and acknowledges the limitations of its mission within the nonprofit industrial complex.

Tihda Vongkoth has performed as a guest orchestral percussionist with the Sarasota Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Opera Tampa, St. Pete Opera, and Jacksonville Symphony. Tihda is committed to music education as a tool for healing and liberation. She hopes to cultivate a sense of curiosity, literacy in multiple musical languages, and a lifelong respect for the music community.

Described as a ‘captivating storyteller” and “sensitive” player, Steph Davis is a Boston based artist and marimbist obsessed with ancestry, critical consciousness, and self-actualization. Their work is created through a spiritual process of resting, feeling, thinking, reflecting, and reading. Through performance, Steph shares generations of Black stories, as well as their own thoughts about race, gender, and society.

Monday, February 20, 2023 at 10:30am

Church of the Palms
3224 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34239

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Monday, February 20, 2023 at 3:00pm

Venice Presbyterian Church
825 The Rialto
Venice, FL 34285


$10 single day tickets for all programs are available at the door.

If you would prefer to watch the live-stream of the concert, please reserve your spot at