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Lucia Micarelli in Royal Oak, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Lucia Micarelli may be a classically trained violinist -- at the Juilliard and Manhattan schools of music, no less -- but she's taken her artistry well beyond that.

The New York-born musician's resume includes touring stints with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Jethro Tull and Chris Botti. She was also a cast member on HBO's "Treme," playing Annie Talarico and has done a PBS concert special. And at her own shows she's apt to bust into Led Zeppelin’s "Kashmir" -- featured on her just-released first live album, "An Evening with Lucia Micarelli."

Obviously Micarelli is in high demand -- on her own and when she's playing nice with others...

• Micarelli says by phone that she doesn't take the creative freedom she has in her career for granted. "I was thinking about it the other day how really rare it is as a musician that you get to play exactly what you want to play, and play with people you want to play with. That's a real privilege. I'm just trying to put together a program of stuff that I really love and feel really connected to with this great group of people I play with. There's kind of this feeling of family and gathering and sharing, and I want the show to feel that way, too, in terms of the energy we all have with each other."

• The show actually is family in the sense that Micarelli's husband, Neel Hammond, plays violin in the ensemble. "We actually me through Vanessa (Freebairn-Smith), the cellist, who I met when touring with Josh Groban. She was in a string quartet with my husband and invited him to a show. He came backstage, we became friends and it went from there. It's really nice; We've never really gotten into it with each other (on the road); There's some dueling violin stuff in our show, so we can work any problems out in a cathartic way if we have to."

• Micarelli says she'd love to see "Treme" return at some point and says it was one of the most valuable experiences she's had as a musician. "It was so great to be somewhere with musicians who weren't classical musicians and feel that music is part of life -- not music as a sort of recital or as a very, very special achievement but part of your everyday existence. They just play music everywhere, all the time -- in the kitchen while you're cooking, everywhere. When I went there I didn't know about traditional jazz. I didn't know there were 12 different kinds of fiddle playing. It was such a great education."

Lucia Micarelli performs Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors at 7 p.m. $39.50 advance, $45 day of show. 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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