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Young violinist takes on a few firsts, aims to enthrall

Gloria Ferry-Brennan rehearses for an upcoming performance with six other artists. Ferry-Brennan will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island.  - Celeste Erickson / The Record
Gloria Ferry-Brennan rehearses for an upcoming performance with six other artists. Ferry-Brennan will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island.
— image credit: Celeste Erickson / The Record

Langley musician Gloria Ferry-Brennan is treading new waters in an upcoming performance next weekend.

Ferry-Brennan, well known on the island as a thriving young violinist, will be performing with six other artists at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island in Freeland.

The 17-year-old will also be playing the viola and singing for the first time in the performance.

“I’m nervous,” she said. “It’s a lot of music I’m not used to performing.”

Despite jittery nerves, she said practicing new things keeps her excited and motivated, and she wants to do as many things as possible outside of her comfort zone.

The show will include her newly formed band, 3 Cent Stamp, with Levi Burkle and James Hinkley, along with duets accompanied by Teo Benson, Nathaniel Talbot, Sheila Weidendorf and Eileen Soskin.

The performance will feature music from Ysaye, Debussy, Sarasate and Bizet’s Carmen along with original compositions from Nathaniel Talbot and James Hinkley.

“I like playing music no one has played before,” she said, adding that her bandmates, Burkle and Hinkley, have been influential in helping her grow as a musician.

Moving from her classical training to non-classical music such as improv has been a hard transition, she said.

One of the new compositions, written by Hinkley, includes a part with a viola. Ferry-Brennan started playing the viola just a week ago for the show.

Ferry-Brennan has enjoyed musical success, which she in part attributes to the Whidbey Island community. It has helped her by providing many opportunities to perform and grow, she said.

The young musician began playing the violin at 4 years old, has played with the Saratoga Orchestra as the concerto soloist five times, beginning at age 10, and was a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony at 14. Ferry-Brennan has also won numerous national and international competitions.

This year, she is focused on finding a teacher after she completes her high school requirements. She also wants to try different art forms, such as dance, singing and writing her own compositions.

“My goal is to move people any way I can. I am most satisfied when I’ve made someone’s day better,” she said.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island is located at 20103 Highway 525, Freeland. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students.

 

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