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Fiddler Natalie MacMaster Joining Terre Haute Children’s Choir for Special Holiday Show at Rose-Hulman

December 8, 2011

From the highlands of Nova Scotia comes fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster to share a bit of Christmas in Cape Breton for her high-energy holiday show on Monday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater. 


Natalie MacMaster's Holiday Show
with special guests
The Terre Haute Children's Choir

Monday, December 12, 7 p.m.

Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN

  Tickets: $20-$24 for adults and $17 for students.  
  There are discounts for purchasing tickets for 
  multiple Performing Arts Series shows.

  Seating is reserved.  Purchase or reserve tickets 
  through the Hatfield Hall ticket office by calling 
  (812) 877-8544 or visiting the box office from 
  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and
  noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from $20 to $24 for adults and $17 for students.  Tickets can be reserved by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at (812) 877-8544 or visiting the office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

MacMaster's style reflects the distinct regional flavor of Cape Breton fiddling, a musical genre that has grown from the roots of Scottish immigrants.  Because the island has been historically isolated, the musical style has endured in a form more true to its Scottish heritage, than the traditional music in Scotland itself.  MacMaster's high-energy step dancing and feverish fiddling bring a taste of that heritage to audiences around the world.

In her Christmas in Cape Breton performance at Rose-Hulman, MacMaster will feature a variety of holiday tunes.  Joining her on stage will be members of the Terre Haute Children's Choir.  The group has performed locally as featured performers in concerts at Indiana State University and the ISU symphony, but this will be the group's first performance with a touring musician.

"The Terre Haute Children's Choir is excited about the opportunity to perform with an international touring musician," said Dan Tryon, the choir's artistic director.  "The students have been preparing a medley of traditional Christmas carols to sing with Natalie McMaster and her band.  The Rose-Hulman Performing Arts series features some wonderful acts; to be a part of that is awesome."

MacMaster is a wife and mother of four who enjoys working with children's choirs while on tour.

"I am delighted that the Terre Haute Children's Choir can be part of my Christmas performance," she says.  "I think that the traditional Christmas hymns sung by the choir are a very important part of the uniqueness of Christmas.  I personally will savor the performance."

Over the years, MacMaster has collaborated with world-class cellist Yo-Yo Ma, rock star guitarist Carlos Santana and virtuoso violinist Mark O'Connor.  Her music has garnered a host of awards and accolades. She has recorded 10 albums and entertained audiences for 27 years.

"Natalie has performed with world-renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Pavarotti and Faith Hill," says Performing Arts Series Director Bunny Nash, "and for our local children to be able to share the stage with her is a real thrill!"

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