Underground 2017-18 Season


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

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

A blend of Italian high drama and virtuosity, French lyricism, and native folk influences, our season opener offers a unique window into the world of 18th century Russian opera at the St. Petersburg court of Catherine the Great and her predecessors. Tenor Zach Finkelstein joins the Underground House Band for rarely-performed arias and instrumental music by Bortniansky, Berezovsky, Sokolovsky, Araja, and Fomin.

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Tekla Cunningham and Corentin Pokorny, violins
Romaric Pokorny, viola
Nathan Whittaker, cello
Henry Lebedinsky, organ

Friday 3 November, 7:30 pm – St. Augustine’s Whidbey Island
Saturday 4 November, 7:30 pm – Resonance at SOMA Towers
Sunday 5 November, 3:00 pm – Northwest Cellars
Tuesday 7 November, 7:00 pm- Naked City Brewery

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.
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Danielle Sampson, soprano
Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Steven Stubbs, baroque guitar and theorbo
Maxine Eilander, Spanish harp
Henry Lebedinsky, organ

Friday 1 December 7:30 pm – Epiphany Episcopal Church
Saturday 2 December, 7:30 pm – St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island
Sunday 3 December, 3:00 pm – Resonance at SOMA Towers
Tuesday 5 December, 7:00 pm- Naked City Brewery

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!
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Aaron Westman, baroque violin
Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon
Henry Lebedinsky, organ

Friday 5 January 2018, 7:30 pm – Anacortes Arts Foundation
Saturday 6 January 2018 7:30 pm – St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island
Sunday 7 January 2018, 3:00 pm – Resonance at SOMA Towers
Tuesday 9 January 2018, 7:00 pm – Naked City Brewery

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.
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Music by Maria Peruchona, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, and Isabella Leonarda
Brenna Wells and Linda Tsatsanis, sopranos
Nathan Whittaker, cello
Henry Lebedinsky, organ 

Friday 23 February, 7:30 pm – Northwest Cellars Wine Gala
Saturday 24 February, 7:30 pm – Resonance at SOMA Towers
Sunday 25 February, 3:00 pm – St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island
Tuesday 27 February, 7:00 pm- Naked City Brewery

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.
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The Sylvestris String Quartet
Tyler Morse and Anna Washburn, violins
Aaron Westman, viola
Gretchen Claassen, cello

Saturday 24 March, 7:30 pm – Resonance at SOMA Towers
Sunday 25 March, 3:00 pm – Northwest Cellars
Tuesday 27 March, 7:00 pm- Naked City Brewery

The combination of two violins, viola, and ‘cello has been one of Classical music’s most popular 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.
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Joshua Romatowski, baroque flute
Curtis Foster, baroque oboe and recorder
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord

Tuesday 24 April, 7:00 pm- Naked City Brewery
Saturday 28 April, 7:30 pm – Resonance at SOMA Towers
Sunday 29 April, 3:00 pm – St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island

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
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William Skeen, viola da gamba
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord

Saturday 19 May, 7:30 pm – Resonance at SOMA Towers
Sunday 20 May, 3:00 pm – Northwest Cellars
Tuesday 22 May, 7:00 pm – Naked City Brewery

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!