Lucia Micarelli is ready to entertain you.
The violinist brings a lifetime of experience to the stage when she performs Saturday, Jan. 27, at The Foundation Performing Arts Center in Spindale.
“What’s really fun is that we’re able to break down and rearrange into different ensembles,” Micarelli said. “There’s are some classical things that I do with the string quartet. There are some things that I do with the string quintet. There’s some jazz as well that I do with the jazz trio and the pianist and my bassist. There’s more classical show-type pieces that I do with the just the pianist.”
Micarelli began playing violin at age 3. Her career has taken her across the world and on tour with Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, and Chris Botti. As an actress, she appeared as a violinist named Annie in the HBO series “Treme” set in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Micarelli lives in Los Angeles with her husband, also a violinist.
Here’s what Micarelli has to say about her career and touring for performances:
About the HBO series “Treme”
“All the music that you see in the show is completely live. We did not prerecord anything. I spent four years on that show. That experience just blew the doors open, in terms of my musical knowledge. There’s so many different types of music in New Orleans.”
Music she performs at her concerts
“It’s really a wide mix. There are some just classical pieces that I really love. There’s also some things that are rather obscure and unusual. I really love this music and want it to be heard. There’s a lot of jazz, some fiddling. There’s some folk songs. I started singing when I was on ‘Treme,’ so I start singing some. It’s really an eclectic mix of stuff.”
Touring with Barbra Streisand
“It’s very posh. She stays in the very best hotels and you have a lot of days off in between shows. She’s so inspiring. I was so excited to work with her, but I was also kind of terrified. She’s so iconic. When I was around her, I was so inspired by her and so blown away. First of all, her voice is just incredible and it still sounds incredible.”
She spent childhood years living in Hawaii
“That was an awesome place to be a kid. No joke, we would literally go to school barefoot. It’s just beautiful. I continued violin there. We lived there for five or six years.”
Her career goals
“I feel like I’m finally in the center of my voice as a musician. So it’s exciting. I have a PBS special coming out in March that I’m really excited about. We shot a live show this past summer in Santa Barbara. It was taped to be a PBS special.”
She’s working on new music
“I have a new studio album I’ve been working on that’s almost finished. We’re aiming for a couple of months after the PBS special airs to release it.”
Performing live is her favorite
“It’s what I’ve done the most in my career. There’s something about getting up in front of somebody and sharing music that you really love with them. It’s so exciting and it feels right to do that. I hope I get to do a lot more of that, meet people and play for them.”
Want to go?
Who: Violinist Lucia Micarelli
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27
Where: The Foundation Performing Arts Center, 286 ICC Loop Road, Isothermal Community College, Spindale.
Tickets: $25-$35 for adults and $5-$8 for youth. To buy tickets, visit FoundationShows.org or call 828-286-9990.