Please plan to join us on Friday, August 4 for a joyful Festival Gala at the charming Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake. We’ll celebrate the pleasures of our Hemispheres Uniting season with a champagne reception, musical interludes, delicious light bites and wines, and a lively live auction in support of the Green Lake Festival of Music’s 45th season in 2024.

Details will be posted when available. 

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Cabaret Gala Fundraiser

August 4 @ 6:00 pm

Counter-clockwise from lower left: Global Guitar Duo Carlo Basile & Fran Banish, violinist Amelia Korbitz, mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, pianist Sarah Wheeler, pianist Janna Ernst.

Please join us on Friday, August 4 for a joyful Festival Gala at the charming Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.
We’ll celebrate the pleasures of our Hemispheres Uniting season with a champagne reception beginning at 6:00 pm.
Delicious light bites and beverages (table service) will alternate with a bouquet of diverse musical interludes.
Featured Artists:
A lively auction will cap off the evening in support of the Green Lake Festival of Music’s 45th season in 2024.
6:00 - 9:00pm
Festive global attire encouraged

Carlo Basile

Carlo Basile ( has traveled to over 40 countries to study, perform and teach Spanish guitar styles with a global influence. Carlo has received numerous awards and grants along the way to his bringing a message of collectiveness and cultural unity. Carlo is a co-leader and co-producer for the Surabhi Ensemble. The Surabhi Ensemble most recently completed tour of peace and artistic collaboration to Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, Senegal and Mexico. Carlo has most recently co-produced Covid safe livestream performances,  workshops, and videos with members of Surabhi and guest artists. The award winning work of Juan Dies and Sones de Mexico over the past 25 years is well known in the Chicago area and  nationally. Carlo is currently planning a tour to India with the Surabhi Ensemble for 2024.

Fran Banish

Fran Banish ( is a Chicago born, formerly LA based Blues-Rock guitar legend. After receiving radio play in Chicago in the late 80’s with the progressive pop-rock band Security, he toured and recorded internationally, earning a Gold Record award playing lead guitar and co-writing on Duncan Sheik’s 1996 debut for Atlantic Records. Fran also did guitar session work for TV, films, and radio. He’s done stage and session work with Keb’ Mo’, Rami Jaffe of The Wallflowers and The Foo Fighters, Dan
Lavery of Tonic and The Fray, Berry Oakley Jr., Chris Stills (son of Stephen of CSN&Y), and Kofi Baker (son of Cream’s Ginger Baker) among others.

Amelia Korbitz

Amelia Korbitz is an American violinist with a passion for new music and collaboration through chamber music. She has performed several works by living composers and co-founded the Antigone Quartet Prize. Amelia is committed to performing the music of underrepresented composers and advancing the role of women in classical music.

Amelia is a prizewinner of the UC College-Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, Elmhurst Symphony Competition, and the New Philharmonic Young People’s Competition. She has also been recognized through the Matinée Musicale Scholarship Competition, Three Arts Scholarship Fund, and the CCMPower Scholarship organization.

Solo performance highlights include Vivalid’s le Quattro Stagioni: Primavera with the West Suburban Symphony, L’Inverno with the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and Piazzolla’s Los Cuatros Estaciones Porteñas with the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. Summer of 2023 will mark her fifth season with the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and her second season at Musica Le Mans in France. As a freelance performer she has performed in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Green Lake Festival Orchestra, the Immaculata Chamber Music Series, and the Solaris Chamber Music Series.

Amelia a student of Dr. Won-Bin Yim and a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she was a member of the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra as well as Musica Nova. She was previously a student at the Western Springs School of Talent Education from 2005-2019. She has also attended the Merit School of Music in Chicago and performed in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Sarah Wheeler

Sarah enjoys collaborating in musical theatre, vocal, choral, and instrumental music. She currently serves as a staff pianist at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, accompanies area choirs and theatre, and freelances in the Fox Valley. She is also a certified pharmacy technician.

Sarah has held staff positions at Boston Ballet School, Interlochen Arts Camp, and College Light Opera Company. While based in New York City, she worked with New York Opera Exchange, Village Light Opera Group, Adelphi University music department, and several Manhattan voice studios. She has worked as a pianist with regional theaters including Rocky  Mountain Repertory Theatre and The Little Theatre On The Square. She has also performed in many student vocal and instrumental recitals at Lawrence and Boston Universities.

Originally from Waterville, Maine, Sarah received her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Boston University in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Lawrence University in 2007. Sarah lives in Appleton with her husband, Aaron, and her dog, Lacey.

​Janna Ernst

​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.

Emily Fons

Mezzo Soprano Emily Fons is a Wisconsin native and is happy to still call Wisconsin home. Emily has been traveling the globe as a professional opera singer for over a decade working with such renowned organizations as the Berlin Philharmonic, International Handel Festival, Seiji Ozawa Music Academy, Canadian Opera Company, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, and many more.  Emily most recently returned to San Diego Opera for the world premiere of Ghosts by Nicolas Reveles followed by her company debut singing Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Cincinnati Opera, and Opera in the Park with Madison Opera. This fall Emily will make her company debut singing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera San Antonio. While Emily enjoys the large-scale opera productions that make up most of her work as a singer, her true passion is for the intimate cabaret performances that allow her to share some of her favorite music and stories up close and personal with the audience.