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Whidbey Island Center for the Arts welcomes Gloria and James in concert

Local favorites James Hinkley, Gloria Ferry-Brennan and Levi Burkle bring their violin and cello music to WICA on Saturday, Nov. 17. - Photo by
Local favorites James Hinkley, Gloria Ferry-Brennan and Levi Burkle bring their violin and cello music to WICA on Saturday, Nov. 17.
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Whidbey Island Center for the Arts presents Gloria and James in Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring violin and cello duos spanning classical to contemporary: original compositions; music from Latin America; and jazz.

Join local favorites Gloria Ferry-Brennan and James Hinkley for an evening of familiar music and new discoveries. Special guest Levi Burkle will join Gloria and James.

Gloria Ferry-Brennan, a sophomore at South Whidbey High School, began playing the violin at age four and has been studying with Simon James and accompanist Hiro David in the Coleman Violin Studio since 2009. Ferry-Brennan is a member of the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra as well as the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and has soloed with several orchestras in the Puget Sound area, most recently with the Seattle Symphony.

Last March, she won the Music Teachers National Association Junior String Competition.

Her summer studies take her to Kansas where she studies with Brian Lewis at his Young Artist Program and Aspen where she studies with Paul Kantor.

Hinkley moved to South Whidbey in 2004. A native of Michigan, he studied at the Cranbrook Theatre School of the Cranbrook Institute. He picked up the cello at age 20 and earned degrees in music performance (voice) and composition.

He performed with the Detroit, Akron and Baton Rouge symphonies and under the batons of such renowned conductors as Robert Spano and Keith Lockhart.

In addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Odetta and Giuseppe Di Stefano, Hinkley also served as principal cello for the Lima Symphony and Ohio Light Opera.

As a composer, he has written works for the Ohio Chamber Music Society; the new music group Daedalus, of which he is a founding member; and numerous orchestras and choral groups. He scored six episodes of MTV’s Liquid Television. In 2005 he joined the Northwest jazz ensemble Billet-Deux, led by Troy Chapman. Hinkley plays in a trio with Levi Burkle (he’s on three of his CDs), performed at DjangoFest Northwest in Langley, and also locally with the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra.

He practices daily and remains active as a teacher, composer and performer in both the classical and jazz idioms.

Ticket prices range from $12 to $20 and are available by calling the WICA Ticket Office at 221-8268 or 800-638-7631.

To learn more about upcoming events at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, visit


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