Sunday, August 14, 2022 @ 4:00pm – 6:00pm (PDT)
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley, WA, United States
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About Tekla Cunningham, violin & viola

Baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham delights in bringing the music of the baroque, classical and romantic eras to life with vivid and expressive historically informed performances. Praised as "a consummate musician whose flowing solos and musical gestures are a joy to watch", her performances have been described as "ravishingly beautiful" and "stellar". Her greatest musical love is music of the baroque and chamber music of all stripes, though she can’t seem to quit Johannes Brahms. She is co-artistic director of Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle, artist-in-residence at the University of Washington and founder and director of the Whidbey Island Music Festival. She plays regularly as concertmaster and principal player with the American Bach Soloists. Her new release 'Stylus Phantasticus' with Pacific MusicWorks is delighting critics. "Tekla is a marvel…an endlessly songful bird". Early Music America describes the recording as "played with verve, the music presented here reaffirms the old notion that instrumental music can have the flair of any theatrical spectacle. … a stellar vessel for the boldest showmanship". Highlights of the 2022-23 season include a cycles of the Biber Mystery Sonatas, Brahms violin sonatas, and tour with the Breathtaking collective. Tekla plays on a violin made by Sanctus Seraphin in Venice in 1746.

About Sheila Weidendorf, piano

A music major in college, Sheila Weidendor received her B.A. in Piano & Music History from the University of Minnesota School of Music, under the mentorship of the late Duncan McNab. Significant injury sidelined my erstwhile life and caused her to walk down new paths, and thus earn an M.A. in Feminist Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Five children and vocational delights in cooperative management, medicinal herbalism, energy healing, writing/editing, and whole foods catering later, Sheila moved from Minneapolis to Whidbey Island, Washington where--miracle of miracles!--music was restored. Since about 2011 Sheila has been regularly performing all kinds of music in the greater Seattle area, blessed to play with the most amazing musicians and spending her days primarily at one keyboard or another--be that the piano, the organ, or the harpsichord.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

565 Camano Ave
Langley, WA 98260
United States

(360) 929-3045