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February 13, 2013
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Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 7 p.m.


Grammy-nominated Celtic fiddler offers a dazzling St. Patrick’s Day celebration


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 13, 2013 – Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, one of the most illustrious musicians on both the Celtic and folk music scenes, brings her dynamic performance to

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. A crowd favorite at the Center for the Arts, this renowned artist shows off her musical prowess in this energetic musical celebration of Celtic culture and St. Patrick’s Day. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets for youth grades 12 and under are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. This performance is a part of the 2012-2013 Global View series at the Center for the Arts, which is sponsored by HSBC Bank.

Natalie MacMaster enchants audiences with her electrifying step-dancing, expert fiddling and signature sound, which combines Celtic, bluegrass and folk with jazz, rock and even classical music. The Los Angeles Times applauds her performances, saying “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion.”  

MacMaster was born into a family of Celtic musicians in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, a place renowned for its unique style of fiddling. Though her music continues to be rooted in the traditional Cape Breton style, she was able to forge her own sound, delivering her first album, “Four on the Floor,” at the age of 16. She has since released 11 albums; received numerous awards and nominations, including a Juno Award, eight Canadian Country Music Awards, 10 East Coast Music Awards and two Grammy nominations with one win (for her contribution to Yo-Yo Ma’s “Songs of Joy & Peace”); and obtained the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. Her talent has made her a popular collaborator with other musicians from diverse musical genres, including Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Allison Krauss and Carlos Santana, among others. After two decades in the industry, MacMaster continues to travel the globe entertaining audiences in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Massey Hall in Toronto. As the Boston Herald says, “To call Natalie MacMaster the most dynamic performer in Celtic music today is high praise, but it still doesn’t get at just how remarkable a concert artist this Cape Breton Island fiddler has become.”


Program announced from the stage.


HSBC Bank is the 2012-2013 Global View Series Sponsor

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts






Tickets for NATALIE MACMASTER are $24, $40 and $48. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 can obtain half price tickets when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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