Alasdair Fraser, whom the San Francisco Examiner once called “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” will perform in a benefit concert this weekend presented by the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra of Whidbey Island.
Fraser’s career spans about 30 years and features performances on the movie soundtracks of “Last of the Mohicans” and “Titanic.” He’s joined by American cellist Natalie Haas, a recent graduate of the Juilliard school and faculty member of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Together their interpretation of the rich Scottish music tradition has been described as eloquent, passionate and energetic. The two represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival, and have been featured on National Public Radio’s nationally broadcast “Performance Today,” “Thistle &Shamrock” and “Mountain Stage.” This concert will feature original and traditional arrangements of Celtic music, as well as special arrangements featuring the duo with the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra.
The benefit concert is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at South Whidbey High School Auditorium, 5674 Maxwelton Road, Langley. Tickets are $23, $21 and $18, available at Useless Bay Coffee Co. in Langley, Bayleaf in Oak Harbor and Coupeville, Lavender Wind Farm in north Coupeville, U-Haul-Tartan Thistle in Freeland or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call 360-682-5826.