Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Ukiah this Saturday 4/10/10


From SPENCER BREWER

This Saturday, April 10th at 7:30pm at the Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse in Ukiah, Ukiahjoel and Spencer Brewer present a special return engagement with the world famous fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas for one performance. Last year this famous team performed to a full hall in Ukiah with multiple standing ovations…… this is not a concert to be missed!  This year for the first time, they will also be offering a fiddle/cello master class as well!

The fiddle/cello master class will be held the same day at the Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse from 2:00 to 4:30. Admission for the workshop is only $25. For more information or to sign-up go to ukiahmusic.com.

“Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced. [His] name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene.” —SCOTS Magazine

Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser and cello artist Natalie Haas team up to make some of the richest, most exhilarating music imaginable. Justly renowned for his warmth and wit as well as his music, Alasdair is one of Scotland’s most valued tradition-bearers. His richly expressive playing transports listeners across a broad spectrum ranging from haunting laments drawn from the Gaelic tradition to classically styled airs and raucous dance tunes, all delivered with flawless virtuosity and the sweetest of sounds.

Alasdair Fraser has been featured on over 100 television and radio shows in the UK, and on several nationally-broadcast programs in the US, including CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Morning Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, and The Thistle & Shamrock. On The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS TV) Fraser played a special solo tribute to honoree Sean Connery, a fellow Scot, in a segment that included Catherine Zeta-Jones. Alasdair has made guest appearances with groups as diverse as Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Waterboys and The Chieftains, and as featured soloist along with Itzhak Perlman at New York’s Lincoln Center. His film credits include solo performances on the soundtracks of several major films, including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic.

The Master Class
Alasdair excels in expressing the beauty and energy of traditional Scottish fiddling and in creating exciting new music informed by that tradition. A gifted teacher, Alasdair has inspired legions of accomplished and aspiring musicians through his concerts, recordings, and workshops. At his influential summer camps – the renowned Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California, his fiddle course at Sabhal mor Ostaig Gaelic College on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Sierra Fiddle Camp, and most recently, Crisol de Cuerda in Spain – Fraser uses the power of music and dance to create and enhance community.

The tickets for the master class are $25 and are available at ukiahmusic.com or by calling 485-7664 to reserve a seat.

Tickets for the concert are $20 general admission, $15 students and seniors and are available at: Mendocino Book Company, Dig Music!, Leaves of Grass in Willits and online at ukiahmusic.com <http://ukiahmusic.com/> . There is limited seating for this one-time event so don’t wait to get your tickets. There will be food and drink available at the event.

The Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse is located at 107 S. Oak St. in Ukiah.
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