Fiddler Natalie MacMaster to Present ‘Christmas in Cape Breton’

Posted: December 14, 2011 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: December 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Natalie MacMaster. Photo courtesy of Columbia Artists Management Inc.

Virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster returns to the Center for the Arts Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. with “Christmas in Cape Breton.”

In this performance, the acclaimed Canadian artist will take audiences on a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia at Christmastime, performing traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies and Christmas carols, complemented by step dancing.

The niece of famed Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster, Natalie quickly became a talent in her own right, capturing audiences’ attention with her signature bluegrass, folk and contemporary acoustic sounds blended with jazz, rock and even classical music.

MacMaster has collaborated with a diverse collection of artists, including master violinist Mark O’Connor, legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, banjo prodigy Bela Fleck, fellow fiddler Alison Krauss, renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti and celebrated guitarist Carlos Santana, among others. She has released 11 critically acclaimed albums, including her November 2011 release, “Cape Breton Girl,” a traditional album showcasing the Cape Breton sound.

Joining MacMaster onstage are pianist Mac Morin, drummer J.D. Blair, cellist Nathaniel Smith and bassist John Chiasson.

Tickets are $25, $42 and $50; tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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