Underground 2017-2018 Season

 

Friday November 3, 7:30 pm
St. Augustine’s Whidbey Island –
TICKETS
Saturday November 4, 7:30 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS
Sunday November 5, 3:00 pm
Northwest Cellars – TICKETS
Tuesday November 7, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS
Bach. No other family in European history produced so many remarkable musicians – over 70 in all. This program features music by five great Bachs, with music spanning the century from 1650-1750. The lineup includes Heinrich, Johann Michael, Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, and Johann Bernhard, all performed by the Underground House Band led by Tekla Cunningham.

Tekla Cunningham and Corentin Pokorny, violins
Romaric Pokorny, viola
Nathan Whittaker, cello
Henry Lebedinsky, organ
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Saturday December 2, 7:30 pm
St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island – TICKETS
Sunday December 3, 3:00 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS
Tuesday December 5, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS


Our popular celebration of Christmas music from Latin America returns to the Underground stage with acclaimed soprano Danielle Sampson joining Steven Stubbs and the Underground House Band in a new program of music from 18th century Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, and Bolivia. Beautiful melodies and infectious Latin rhythms make this a holiday treat you will not want to miss!

Danielle Sampson, soprano
Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Steven Stubbs, baroque guitar and theorbo
Maxine Eilander, Spanish harp
Henry Lebedinsky, organ
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Friday January 5 2018, 7:30 pm
Croatian Cultural Center – TICKETS

Saturday January 6 2018 7:30 pm
St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island – TICKETS
Sunday January 7 2018, 3:00 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS
Tuesday January 9 2018, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS

At the turn of the 17th century, a new style of music began to push the boundaries of instrumental writing, demanding more from both musicians and their instruments. A significant amount of this new music was based on improvisation on popular songs of the time, much like American classic Jazz. Baroque violinist Aaron Westman and baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh join organist Henry Lebedinsky for a fun, illuminating, and even breathtaking exploration of this repertoire, including music from Italy, England, Germany, and Poland.

Aaron Westman, baroque violin
Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon
Henry Lebedinsky, organ
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Saturday February 24, 7:30 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS
Sunday February 25, 3:00 pm
St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island – TICKETS
Tuesday February 27, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS

 

17th century Italy saw a flourishing of music behind convent walls, where nuns composed, published, and performed sacred music that blended deep spirituality with richly sensual poetic and musical imagery. Sopranos Linda Tsatsanis and Brenna Wells join baroque ‘cellist Nathan Whittaker and organist Henry Lebedinsky for works by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Maria Peruchona, Isabella Leonarda, and more.

Brenna Wells and Linda Tsatsanis, sopranos
Nathan Whittaker, cello; Henry Lebedinsky, organ 
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Saturday March 24, 7:30 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS
Sunday March 25, 3:00 pm
Northwest Cellars – TICKETS
Tuesday March 27, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS

 

The combination of two violins, viola, and ‘cello has been one of Classical music’s most popular and enduring ensembles, and has inspired composers for over four centuries. The dynamic San Francisco-based period instrument group The Sylvestris Quartet blends wit and insight as they explore the development of the quartet from Biber to Beethoven and beyond.

The Sylvestris String Quartet
Tyler Lewis and Anna Washburn, violins
Aaron Westman, viola
Gretchen Claassen, cello
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Tuesday April 24, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS

Saturday April 28, 7:30 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS

Sunday April 29, 3:00 pm
St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island – TICKETS

 

We love Paris in the springtime, and here’s a great way to share the love without the cost of airfare. Join us as baroque flautist Joshua Romatowski, baroque oboist/recorder player Curtis Foster, and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky offer a prix fixe tasting menu of 18th century musical delicacies, from the rustic to the refined, including works by Hotteterre, Lully, Forqueray, Naudot, and more.

Joshua Romatowski, baroque flute
Curtis Foster, baroque oboe and recorder
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord
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Saturday May 19, 7:30 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS
Sunday May 20, 3:00 pm
Northwest Cellars – TICKETS
Tuesday May 22, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS

 

Our spectacular season finale features Bay Area viola da gamba superstar William Skeen with harpsichordist and PMW Underground director Henry Lebedinsky performing virtuosic music for the gamba by some of the baroque rock stars that made it the electric guitar of the 18th century. Music by Forqueray, Schenck, Graun, and the Bach boys (Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emmanuel, that is) will take this one up to 11!

William Skeen, viola da gamba
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord

ARCHIVE

Friday September 22, 7:30 pm
St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island – TICKETS
Saturday September 23, 7:30 pm
Resonance at SOMA Towers – TICKETS
Tuesday September 26, 7:00 pm
Naked City Brewery – TICKETS

 

It’s our Underground season opener! Our crack team of Russian hackers has opened a unique window into the world of 18th century Russian opera at the St. Petersburg court of Catherine the Great. Tenor Zach Finkelstein joins the Underground House Band for rarely performed arias and instrumental music by Bortniansky, Berezovsky, Sokolovsky, Araja, and Fomin, blending Italian high drama and virtuosity, French lyricism, and native folk influences. You won’t want to miss this one – and bring your comrades for some great food, drink, and company!

Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Stephen Creswell and Corentin Pokorny, violins
Emmeran Pokorny, viola
Nathan Whittaker, cello
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord
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