SPOTLIGHT: Ferry-Brennan, Soskin, Hinkley to play UUCWI series Feb.22 and 23

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Feb. 18, 2013

Pianist Eileen Soskin, violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan and cellist James Hinkley perform together as The Time Traveling Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 as part of the Chamber Music Recital series of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island.

Gloria Ferry Brennan, Eileen Soskin and James Hinkley come together for piano trios in Freeland. (Photo courtesy of UUCWI)

Gloria Ferry Brennan, Eileen Soskin and James Hinkley come together for piano trios in Freeland. (Photo courtesy of UUCWI)

These outstanding local musicians will treat audiences to piano trios dating from the 19th century to the present,  including works by Mendelssohn (1839), Faure (1923), Bridge (1907), Piazzolla (1968) and Higdon (2007). Music scholar and author Soskin, well-known for her pre-concert lectures, will provide a brief commentary before each piece.

Soskin has performed extensively as a pianist and mezzosoprano. She 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 thirty-four year academic career.

Ferry-Brennan, age 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. Gloria 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. She 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, DC, 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”. James 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 e-mail at or at the door. The church is located about two miles north of downtown Freeland, on Highway 525.

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