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The Utah Symphony Presents Fiddler Natalie MacMaster at Abravanel Hall This Weekend

The Utah Symphony Presents Fiddler Natalie MacMaster at Abravanel Hall This Weekend

Canadian fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster returns to Abravanel Hall this weekend, February 21 and 22 for a night of rollicking Celtic, French and Cajun blended tunes inspired by her native Cape Breton heritage.

After starting her 2014 touring season with sold-out shows, Grammy winner Natalie MacMaster will join the Utah Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen for a fiery and electrifying performance. As one of the world's most celebrated fiddlers, she has collaborated with many world-renowned musical entertainers from varying genres including Paul Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Cape Breton fiddling is among some of the most ancient variety of Celtic music in the world, born of wind and rain, and preserved by descendants of Gaelic fishermen along Canada's rugged Eastern coastline.

Ms. MacMaster calls the performance "relaxed and casual" - it couples lively step dancing with the folkloric storytelling croon of the fiddle and the full, symphonic sound created by the orchestra. "The overall music is very unique in itself because it will be folk music paired with a very worldly sound: the symphonic playing classical technique, and all the training that goes with that," explains Ms. MacMaster. "Classical style is so old, and so is fiddle playing, so it's two old styles and one is very unique and specialized and the other very broad and lush and ancient."

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The USUO Education Department is proud to present a Youth Guild Violin Masterclass taught by Canadian fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The Youth Guild performers will play the St. Anne's reel with Natalie MacMaster. This free event is open to the public and will take place at the First Tier Room of Abravanel Hall (123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City) from 3 PM - 4 PM. For more information visit: http://usuoeducation.org/index.php/for-students/masterclasses

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets for the performance start at $18 and can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or online by visitingwww.utahsymphony.org. Season subscribers can purchase discounted tickets by contacting (801) 533-6683. Those desiring group discounts should call (801) 869-9046. All ticket prices are subject to change and availability, and will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

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About Natalie MacMaster

Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album "Four on the Floor". Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows, and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists.

Natalie's family and work-life have been intertwined since marrying fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy in 2002. Her values are equally as important in her life as music. She believes incorporating family into her performances and music is the perfect way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. MacMaster and Leahy now have five beautiful children: the newest addition was born August of 2012.

After more than MacMaster's three decades of performing, her audience is still left clapping, hollering, and screaming for more as she and her band wow them with stylistic diversity without losing the traditional Cape Breton groove. The applause only increases with excitement when she incorporates step dancing into her performance. Although her stage presence is reason enough to see one of her shows, it's the elegance with the bow, the intricate technique with the fiddle, and the embrace of the Cape Breton tradition that floors her admirers at over 100 performances a year.

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