Welcome to the 2016 Whidbey Island Music Festival! For this summer's festival we will welcome back some old friends and colleagues, as well as some rising stars. We're heading for the fertile musical lands of German, Austria and Italy. During the first week we'll delve into the musical and professional rivalry of two of the great virtuoso violinist/composers of Dresden, Pisendel and Veracini - in the most collegial way! Albinoni's adagio - while not actually by Albinoni - is too beautiful and fitting to leave out. During the second week you will be regaled with the festive sounds of not just one but two baroque trumpets in a program of dazzling music from Imperial Vienna. Last but not least is a program of music centered around Salzburg, the city of Mozart's birth. You'll get a chance to hear the rarely heard viola d'amore- an extremely beautiful and subtle instrument -  in a glorious suite by Biber. Virtuosic fiddling in unusual scordatora tunings rounds out this final program.

This summer, all programs are at St. Augustine's in-the-woods. Tickets are now on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com, and complete artist and program information is available at www.whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org.

On behalf of myself and all of my fellow musicians we thank you for joining us for these concerts. It is a delight to play this great music together for such wonderful and supportive audiences. Thank you for making the Whidbey Island Music Festival a part of your summer plans!

Tekla Cunningham
Director, Whidbey Island Music Festival