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Time travelers bring music to Whidbey

Pianist Eileen Soskin, violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan and cellist James Hinkley comprise the group, The Time Traveling Trio.  - Charlie Knutila photo
Pianist Eileen Soskin, violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan and cellist James Hinkley comprise the group, The Time Traveling Trio.
— image credit: Charlie Knutila photo


Time Traveling Trio, three exceptional and popular local musicians, will be featured at the fourth concert of this season’s Chamber Music Recital series of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island.

Pianist Eileen Soskin, violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan and cellist James Hinkley will perform piano trios dating from the 19th Century to the present. Soskin, well-known for her pre-concert lectures, will provide a brief commentary before each piece.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, at UUCWI in Freeland.

The program will include piano trios by Mendelssohn (1839), Faure (1923), Bridge (1907), Piazzolla (1968) and Higdon (2007).

Soskin has performed extensively as a pianist and mezzosoprano. She is a musical scholar and published writer and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Peabody Conservatory and as the Associate Vice Provost for the Arts at Johns Hopkins University. She taught music theory and analysis at the Peabody Conservatory, University of Iowa, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University during her 34-year academic career.

Ferry-Brennan, 16, began playing the violin at age four. She is a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Whidbey Island’s Saratoga Orchestra as well as several small ensembles. She also has performed as a soloist with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Festival Orchestra and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra as well as the Seattle and the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Ferry-Brennan was the 2011 national winner of the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Competition. She is one of three violinists selected to play for the national finals of the American Strings Teachers Association Solo Competition to be held in New York in April. She received third place at the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington, D.C., where she will return in April to solo with the Avanti Orchestra.

Hinkley, a native of Michigan, has performed with the Cleveland, Detroit and Baton Rough symphonies, and served as principal cello for the Lima Symphony, Glacier Symphony and the Ohio Light Opera. He has shared the stage with such diverse performers as Yo-Yo Ma, Murray Perahia, Doc Severinsen, Helen O’Connell, Odetta and Guiseppe di Stefano. He has composed works for various orchestral and choral groups as well as scores for six episodes of MTV’s “Liquid Television.” Hinkley has lived in the Northwest for nearly ten years and is a frequent performer in the Seattle area.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and are available at Moonraker Books in Langley, Habitat for Humanity in Freeland, by email at or at the door.

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