Strings Concerts presents Nevada County string duo – Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas – for a return performance Sunday at the Center for the Arts celebrating the release of their newest recording, “Abundance.”
The album’s new tracks are a mixture of old and new. Fraser wrote the tune, “The Referendum,” to recognize the visit of Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond’s to Fraser’s fiddle course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.
Fraser (fiddles, baritone fiddle, viola, kalimba) and Haas (cellos, kalimba) invited eight special guest session musicians to join them on this album: Donald Shaw (accordion), James Macintosh (percussion), Corey DiMario (bass), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Hanneke Cassel (piano), Stefan Amidon(percussion), Kai Welch (trumpet) and Oscar Utterström (trombone, bass trombone, euphonium).
Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” has a concert and recording career spanning three decades, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks, such as “Last of the Mohicans” and “Titanic.”
Haas is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres.
Sunday’s concert begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $22 for general admission, and available at BriarPatch Co-op, Yabobo, the Book Seller or by phone at 800-838-3006.
For more info on the concert, go to www.stringsconcerts.com. For more about the musicians, go to www.alasdairfraser.com or www.nataliehaas.com. The Center is located at 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.