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Sun, May 14, 2023

3pm concert, in person or on zoom

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Concert 2023

$25 suggested

A lively concert of Scottish fiddle & cello music with renowned performers Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Emerald Rae, Donal Sheets, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. 3pm in the performance hall. 

” … you would think they’d been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello’s throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter.” — Boston Globe

Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling”, and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas span the dynamic range between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 20 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music.

In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

The Ashokan Center is proud to present this annual afternoon concert to showcase Alasdair & Natalie’s virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music. They’ll be joined by fiddler Emerald Rae, and cellist Donal Sheets who co-teach at the Scottish String Fling. Jay Ungar & Molly Mason will add their renowned musical magic to the show as well. The thrilling acoustic concert will end with a grand finale: a rousing multi-tune arrangement performed by the entire camp!

There’s still space to join us for the whole weekend at the Scottish String Fling at Ashokan from Friday, May 12th dinner through Sunday, May 14th afternoon. Tuition includes this special concert.

Whether you attend in person or virtually, you’ll receive a link to the live stream and a link afterwards to re-watch in our archive for up to 1 year.

Interested in a guided morning nature walk? Check out our Spring Exploration at 10am.

Want to experience more? Check out the full weekend camp!

Scottish String Fling 2023

May 12, 2023 - May 14, 2023

World-class Scottish traditional musicians and teachers, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, welcome intermediate and advanced string players for a fantastic learning experience that’s tremendous fun for all.


Event proceeds support The Ashokan Center’s ongoing work to inspire learning and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, music, and art. Learn more: Educational Field Trips • Music & Dance Camps • Weddings & Retreats


EMAIL events@ashokancenter.org 
CALL 845-657-8333 x3