The Whidbey Island Music Festival is delighted to partner with Pacific Music Underground in presenting the second season of "Underground" concerts at St. Augustine's in-the Woods.


Pacific Music Underground

“Early Music” is the term loosely applied to music written before 1800. We don’t particularly like that term, as many people don’t know what we’re talking about, and those that do often carry misconceptions about what to expect at an Early Music concert.

When the stuff was actually being written, it was just called MUSIC, which is how we like to think about it. It’s the soundtrack of our lives. Well, it was, back then, anyway. It was house music, dance music, fall-in-love-music. It was “our song” and the Top 40, and it had rock stars and hair bands and boy bands (and girl bands, although they were mostly nuns) and one-hit wonders.

 With Underground concerts, Pacific MusicWorks is out to recapture that spirit, to take Early Music out of the museum and put it where we think it belongs, and that’s where you are. In a brewpub for a night out, at wineries for a wine tasting, in your house for a concert with friends, and in great sacred spaces. Away from the stuffy attitude of too many musicians AND concertgoers these days. We’re taking it UNDERGROUND.

And what if you’re looking for a more traditional concert experience? We’ve got that as well. Check out our fabulous Main Stage offerings HERE.

What about the music? Why Baroque? It has the fire of bluegrass, the soul of R&B, and the intellectual depth of Classical art music. It’s approachable and understandable, and we’ll help! We love to make this music happen and share our passion for it with you, our listeners and friends.

Won’t you join us?


From Russia with Love

Friday 22 September, 7:30 pm at St. Augustine's in-the-woods

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 of the St. Petersburg court. Tenor Zach Finkelstein joins the Underground House Band for rarely heard arias and instrumental music by Bortniansky, Sokolovsky, Araja, and Fomin.

Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Corentin Pokorny, violins
Romaric Pokorny, viola
Nathan Whittaker, cello


All in the Bach Family

Friday 3 November, 7:30 pm – St. Augustine’s Whidbey Island

Bach. No other family in European history produced so many remarkable musicians – over 70 in all. This program features music from over a century of Bachs, including Heinrich, Johann Michael, Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, and Johann Ernst 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 and harpsichord


Feliz (baroque) Navidad!

Saturday 2 December, 7:30 pm – St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island

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 and ?, baroque violins
Steven Stubbs, baroque guitar and theorbo
Maxine Eilander, Spanish harp
Henry Lebedinsky, organ


All that (baroque) Jazz

Saturday January 6, 2018 7:30 pm – St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island

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

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. 


Sacred Sensuality

Sunday 25 February, 3:00 pm – St. Augustine’s, Whidbey Island

Music by Maria Peruchona, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, and Isabella Leonarda

Brenna Wells and Linda Tsatsanis, sopranos
Nathan Whittaker, cello; Henry Lebedinsky, organ

 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.


April in Paris

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

Joshua Romatowski, baroque flute
Curtis Foster, baroque oboe and recorder
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord

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.