San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers: 2012 Spring Concert Series, ROHNERT PARK
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR beginning at 2:30 P.M. on the day of the performance on a first-come, first-serve basis. $24 Adults/$15 for Youth 17 and younger.
SUNDAY 4/29. Join the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers for our 25th annual Spring Concert Series:
The stage will be filled with 120 musicians playing fiddles, piano, drums, cellos, guitars, harps and more, providing an infectious sense of fun and joy in community-based music making. Or music-based community, depending on how one looks at it.
"We basically take a village on the road; we're living the music" says the group's music director, renowned Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, who together with his wife Sally Ashcraft and about 40 friends founded San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers (SFSF) in 1987. There are now over 200 members, stretching from northern California, throughout the US and in several other countries, including Scotland, France, Canada and Australia. "Music crosses all kinds of boundaries, and clears away obstacles; children and adults, individuals with widely varying backgrounds and levels of musical skill, and people who don't even share a common spoken language can be part of the village in a meaningful way."
That sense of participation crosses over into the audiences, as well. SFSF concerts tend to inspire spontaneous dancing in the aisles. The fiddlers on stage have learned the tunes by heart, and you won't see music stands on stage. People are listening to each other, and there's a real sense of play. "With Scottish traditional fiddle music, you can go from an elegant 18th century pastoral air to a get-wild, get-down dance tune in the stroke of a bow," says Fraser. "and there are a few hundred years of tunes to get through in a given concert!"
SFSF members get together to share their love of the music during meet monthly informal meetings and numerous engagements around the Bay Area throughout the year and occasionally, they go on tour. In addition to the annual spring concert series, the group has toured in Alaska, and across northern California, including a performance at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival.
"...the massed San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers are an experience not to be missed." - San Francisco Chronicle
"...a raucous, extemporaneous sampling of authentic music from the highlands and islands of Scotland. . . . no delayed standing ovation here; the audience instantaneously rose to its feet with the piece's final notes." - Anchorage Daily News
Spreckels Performing Arts Center (View)
5409 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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