Tickets: $25; Children 14 and under $5. Order tickets online. There is $1.50 surcharge for each online ticket order. ADVANCE TICKET SALES END AT 3 P.M. DAY OF SHOW. ALL ADVANCE TICKET ORDERS ARE PICKED UP AT THE DOOR THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW. ADVANCE TICKETS ARE NOT MAILED. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show. We only accept checks and cash at the door. Doors open at 6:45.
The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic).
Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.
The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, displays dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and the duo’s shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes. The two instruments duck and dive around each other, swapping melodic and harmonic lines, and trading rhythmic riffs. The recording won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy.