Celtic sensations come to Dave Dunnet Theatre

Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas perform Saturday at Oak Bay High theatre

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas perform in the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High Saturday

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas perform in the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre this Saturday.

The opening guest for the April 16 performance is the award-winning youth fiddle ensemble, Coastline.

Known as a consummate performer, Fraser’s dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence and deep understanding of Scotland’s music have made him an international favourite, both for solo and ensemble appearances. A major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S., he inspires both listeners and learners through his recordings, fiddle camps and concerts.

Haas, a graduate of the Julliard School, has toured and recorded extensively with Fraser, in addition to Mark O’Connor and his Appalachia Waltz Trio and with Natalie MacMaster. With more than 50 album appearances to her credit, Haas teaches privately and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Concert-goers will be transported across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically styled airs, raucous dance tunes and improvisations based on traditional themes.

Fraser has released several critically acclaimed albums, including the Indie Award-winning Dawn Dance (Best Celtic Album of 1996), and most recently, Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Volume One, on which Fraser and longtime collaborator pianist Paul Machlis pay tribute to Scotland’s master fiddle composers of the past 250 years.

Doors open for the Saturday concert at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance from go-artist.com, Ivy’s Bookshop, Long & McQuade or Larsen School of Music, or $27 at the door.

A workshop is also scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Pre-registration is required at go-artist.com.

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