Whidbey Island Music Festival and Pacific MusicWorks Underground present

Mozart in the Rainforest

April 8, 2017 at St. Augustine's in-the-woods Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m.

The Whidbey Island Music Festival and Early Music Underground have teamed up to present a series of Cabaret Concerts on Whidbey Island, featuring great performances from some of America's finest baroque musicians blended with refreshments (including great local wine and craft brews) in the open, informal, and welcoming setting of St. Augustine Episcopal Church’s parish hall. In addition to the music, the players will talk about the music, their instruments, and stories about bringing old music to today’s world – a great experience for seasoned and first-time concertgoers alike.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Viennese Classical style had a profound influence on the music of colonial South America and on the birth of the modinha, an art song genre unique to Brazil. Explore these fascinating musical cross-currents through the music of Black composer José Mauricio Nuñes Garcia (1767-1830) and his contemporaries sung by acclaimed soprano Brenna Wells and fortepianist Henry Lebedinsky, performing on an original 1799 square piano by George Astor.

Tickets available HERE!
$25 general admission, $20 seniors (65+), under 18 FREE.
More information: 425-224-6283

With a voice described as “fresh”, “ethereal”, "captivating" and “angelic”, soprano Brenna Wells is garnering attention for her varied performances. Her operatic roles include La Poesie and La Paix in Les Arts Florissants, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Venus in L’Europe Galante, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, La Musique in Charpentier's Les Plaisirs de Versailles with the L'academie, as well as roles in Charpentier's La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. She was Première Nymphe de l’Acheron in the Boston Early Music Festival’s production and Grammy-nominated recording of Lully’s Psyché  and is featured on two BEMF recordings, Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Acteon and John Blow's Venus and Adonis. She made her Carnegie Weill Hall Debut as a winner of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and returned to Carnegie Hall under the baton of Ton Koopman as a Young Artist. Ms. Wells has sung and recorded with such acclaimed ensembles as the BEMF Orchestra, Blue Heron, Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Opera Boston, L’Académie, and the Handel and Haydn Society. She has appeared in many festivals and programs world wide including the London Handel Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, BBC Proms and in both 2008 and 2009, she was selected to perform in the Early Music Seminars at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy. 

Ms. Wells performed in the Yale Choral Artists' inaugural season, under the direction of William Christie and has joined the Austin based Ensemble Viii for performances including solos the Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres, Bach's Cantata Christ Lag in Todes Banden, Buxtehude Jesu Membra Nostre, and the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers, among other progamsHighlights from recent seasons include her soloist debut at Symphony Hall under the direction of Harry Christophers, appearances as the soprano soloist in Bach's St. John Passion and Cantata In allen Meinen Taten with the Emmanuel Music, soloist with the Metropolitan Chorale for Handel's Israel in Egypt, and other solo performances with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Yale Choral Artists, Boston Cecilia, Cambridge Concentus, Collage New Music, Connecticut Early Music Festival, and a return to the Boston Early Music Festival and their tour of the Charpentier Opera Double Bill: La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs to Victoria, British Columbia and New York. She also had the unexpected dream debut of singing back up vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" with the Rolling Stones and their 50th Anniversary Tour. The 14-15 season included appearances as the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in Boston and soloist and ensemble performances with Seraphic Fire, Yale Choral Artists, Ensemble VIII, Lorelei Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Handel and Haydn Society, Blue Heron Choir, and Boston Baroque. Miss Wells recently became a resident of Seattle, WA and held the post of Interim Program Director and Professor of Music at Trinity Lutheran College. The 2015-16 season included appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Seraphic Fire and the New World Symphony, Ensemble VIII, Early Music Underground, and making her solo debuts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. She is also the Staff Soprano for the Blessed Sacrament Church in the University District where she will be singing as the soprano soloist for the St. Cecilia Festival with works including Mozart's Exultate Jubilate, Vivaldi's Gloria and Purcell's Ode to St. Cecilia. The 2016-2017 season include's appearances with Seraphic Fire and the Cleveland Orchestra Miami, the Brookings Harbor Friends of Music series, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Pacific MusicWorks Underground, Ensemble Viii, Pacific Musicworks' production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and performances in the St. Cecilia Festival as the "Israelitish Woman" in Judas Maccabaeus and more.

Hailed by The Miami Herald for his “superb continuo… brilliantly improvised and ornamented,” Henry Lebedinsky performs on historical keyboards across the United States and the United Kingdom, both as a soloist and as a member of Agave Baroque, Pacific MusicWorks, The Vivaldi Project, and The Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. He has also played with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Charlotte Symphony, Seraphic Fire, and Boston Revels, among others. He has taught master classes and workshops on historical repertoire and performance practice at the University of Edinburgh and at colleges and universities across the USA. An avid composer of sacred music for choir and organ, his works are published by Paraclete Press, Carus-Verlag Stuttgart, and CanticaNOVA. He is the founder and director of the Pacific MusicWorks Underground Concerts (formerly Early Music Underground), which brings old music to new audiences in brewpubs, wineries, and fun unconventional venues across the greater Seattle metropolitan area. Mr. Lebedinsky holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the Longy School of Music, where he studied with Peter Sykes. He currently serves as Organist and Choirmaster at Seattle’s historic Christ Episcopal Church.