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Occurs on Sunday February 26 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours


St Andrews United Church
315 Fitzwilliam Street
Nanaimo BC V9R 3A6

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Once Upon a Fiddle: A Celebration in Music and Story of one of the World’s Most Beloved Instrument at St. Andrew's United Church, 315 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo

Weaving words and music, local storyteller Rachel Dunstan Muller and violinist Nicholas Ross travel across five centuries to bring some of the violin’s most extraordinary stories to life. This is history like you’ve never heard it: a folk tune caught on the wind of a lonely Irish island, a heroic string quartet in a city under siege, the brilliant solos of one of the world’s most unlikely virtuosas – and more. Join us for an event that celebrates the power of music and the indomitability of the human spirit.

Rachel Dunstan Muller has been an oral storyteller for more than a decade, entertaining listeners of all ages in schools, libraries, theatres, concerts and festivals. She travelled to Northeastern Quebec as part of Canadian Children's Book Week, and was a featured guest of the Grapevine Storytelling Series in Washington D.C. She is the author of four juvenile novels: When the Curtain Rises, Ten Thumb Sam, The Solstice Cup, and Squeeze, and the producer of two podcast series: Hintertales: Stories from the Margins of History for adults, and Sticks and Stones and Stories for young listeners. Learn more at

Nicholas Ross studied both violin and trumpet at the University of Ottawa. Now pleased to make his home in Nanaimo, he performs regularly with the Vancouver Island Symphony and maintains a busy teaching schedule at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. As an orchestral performer, he has performed with the Victoria Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Sudbury Symphony (Principal Second Violin) and North Bay Symphony (as Principal Second Violin and Acting Concertmaster). As well as being featured as a soloist with the Elmer Iseler Singers, he recently presented "Bach in the Harbour" and a recital at the Old School House in Qualicum.

NOTE: This event is suitable for ages 13+

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