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home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment November 19, 2018


11/6/2018 12:29:00 PM
Scottish fiddle legend to play in Bend
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Alasdair Fraser is a legend in the world of Scottish fiddle. Three years ago, he and cellist Natalie Haas performed at the Sisters Folk Festival.

Fraser and Haas are returning to Central Oregon for a matinee performance at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for "Save a Warrior" and for Bend2Baja2Build and also features performances by Deschutes Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band; A Scottish Heart, Bend's premier Scottish musical group; The High Desert Scottish Country Dancers; Professor James Knox; and piper David Brock, "The Lone Piper," pays tribute to veterans and the fallen on Veterans Day.

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"). 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 more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search 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. The duo's debut recording, "Fire & Grace," won the coveted Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy.

Since its release, the two have gone on to record four 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.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.towertheatre.org/tickets-and-events/alasdair-fraser-natalie-haas.





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