Three young Nanaimo musicians are stepping onto the Port Theatre’s stage for the first time Friday (May 5).
Fiddelium, consisting of Quin Etheridge-Pedden, 15, Max Day, 13, and Micaela Pereira, 18, will perform along with concert host Rick Scott and more than 40 Nanaimo community fiddle group members.
“People can expect a lot of variety and expect to have a good time,” said Pereira about the concert, adding it’s a lot of fun to play onstage with friends. “I like sharing the music with the audience and I like to see their reaction. Hopefully it’s good. That keeps you going throughout the show.”
The youngest member of the group, Day, said he hasn’t decided whether he wants to pursue music professionally in the future. Pereira, who graduates this year, wants to pursue a degree in business, but said she doesn’t want to stop playing music. She is also currently a member of the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra.
“I’ve always liked the idea of a career in music, but haven’t quite figured that out yet.”
Etheridge-Pedden wants to pursue a career as a performer and hopes to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is currently finishing his first solo CD.
”I don’t know where that will take me, hopefully I’ll form a group and do some performing and have a career and then in later years maybe get into some teaching,” said Etheridge-Pedden.
Fiddelium performed with the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra during centennial celebrations for Courtenay in 2015 and during the Father’s Day Ceilidh in Beacon Hill Park in Victoria. The group also performed at the CDC Telethon in 2014 and the Nanaimo Sings Festival in 2015.
While the three have trained in both classical violin and traditional fiddle music the show will feature fiddle playing.
What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin? They are both the same instrument, It’s the style of the music that determines what term is used. Musicians will usually refer to their instrument as a violin if they play classical music and as a fiddle if they play more folk, country or bluegrass music.
Fiddelium performs at 7:30 p.m. During the show, artwork by Nanaimo painter Alex Peck-Whyte will be projected onstage.
Tickets are $15 available in advance by calling 250-754-8550 or by visiting www.porttheatre.com.