Cabaret Gala

July 29, 2022 at the historic Thrasher Opera House Green Lake Festival of Music will celebrate the memory and immense contributions of festival supporter and friend John Roesch. After a 6:00 champagne reception, GRAMMY-winning soprano Sarah Brailey and pianist Janna Ernst will provide an inspiring recital. Between musical sets, we’ll have courses of tasty bites and wine for friends to raise funds. A live auction will include donated items and experiences as well as scholarships and sponsorships for the Festival’s Choral, Chamber Music, and Educational programs as we raise a glass in John’s memory. Seating is limited to 125, but the colorful-tie-optional event promises to be a joyous celebration of Green Lake Festival of Music friends, family, and music–old and new! 

The festivities are generously sponsored by Sylvia Richards. Wine and champagne are gifts of Steve and Sue Sorenson. 

In grateful appreciation to the Thrasher Opera House.

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Janna Ernst  |  Piano

Janna Ernst has worked continuously as a vocal coach and repetiteur for over 20 years. She currently serves as the Principal Coach and Pianist for the Florentine Opera.  She has served as Music Director at Skylight Opera Theater and has also played for New Orleans Opera, Virginia Opera, and Cincinnati Opera. A dedicated educator, Janna has held teaching, coaching and accompanying positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Oklahoma and, most recently, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  She and her husband, Matthew–Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra–perform and tour extensively as a duo, giving performances and masterclasses throughout the country. Janna has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from San Diego State University, a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Vocal Specialist degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with renowned collaborative pianist and teacher, Martin Katz.  Janna and Matthew reside in Shorewood with their two daughters, Madeleine and Margaret.

Sarah Brailey |  Soprano

Hailed by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” and “exquisitely phrased” singing and by Opera UK for “a sound of remarkable purity,” soprano Sarah Brailey enjoys a career that resists specialization. She has sung Handel’s Messiah with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; recorded cello and vocal soundscapes for the Fog x FLO public art installation in Boston’s Emerald Necklace; and performed with Kanye West and alternative-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth at the Hollywood Bowl. Recent highlights include serenading the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum with John Zorn’s Madrigals, singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Colorado Symphony, and recording The Soul in the world premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison, for which she has received a 2021 GRAMMY for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

Sarah is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fee to organizations they care about. Her designated organizations include NRDC, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Animal Welfare Institute. Sarah is a co-founder of Just Bach, a monthly concert series in Madison, Wisconsin and the Artistic Director of the Handel Aria Competition. Learn more at