VAN DYKE PERFORMANCE SPACE PRESENTS SCOTTISH FIDDLER ICON, ALASDAIR FRASER with CELLIST, NATALIE HAAS
Greensboro, N.C., February 21, 2018— Fiddler master Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas explore Scottish and global music and come to Greensboro for a special matinee performance on Sunday, April 15 at 4pm. The one-performance-only event will be presented in downtown’s intimate Van Dyke Performance Space and is produced by ArtsGreensboro.
SUN., APRIL 15
Tickets are now on sale for this special live concert which blends Scottish tradition with cutting-edge fiddle and cello exploration.
The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. The Scotsman calls their partnership “a positive joy” — they continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.
Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the fiddle world including Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.
This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. “You would think they’d been playing together for centuries,” says The Boston Globe. The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record three more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.
Tickets are on sale now online at thevandyke.org or by phone by calling 1-800-838-3006. General admission tickets are $20 plus tax and fees and advance reserved seats start at $25 plus tax and fees.
About the Van Dyke Performance Space: – The new performing arts, events, and entertainment facility is located in downtown’s Cultural Center, with a seating capacity from 250 to as many as 400 or more under different configurations. The facility was made possible through a collaborative partnership between the City of Greensboro and ArtsGreensboro – thanks to a $1 million gift from renowned choreographer and Dance Project artistic director Jan Van Dyke.
About ArtsGreensboro – With an annual budget of approximately $3.5 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through its annual community-wide Campaign for the Arts- supported grant programs, the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, and other opportunities including the NC Folk Fest and the Van Dyke Performance Space, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.org