Cellist Natalie Haas and Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser Perform in Concert

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Cellist Natalie Haas and Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser Perform in Concert

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and California cellist Natalie Haas will perform in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland’s music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

The duo performs frequently in Europe, and throughout the US and Canada. They have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage, and represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $9 for children Tickets can be purchased at culturalpartners.org, 779-2300, and at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

Sedona Film Fest brings JFK film to Flagstaff

The Sedona International Film Festival will present the Flagstaff premiere of “Parkland” today as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres.

The film, in memory and observance of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, features a cast that includes Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti and Zac Efron and co-produced by Tom Hanks.

Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963, “Parkland” weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.

Andrea Houchard and Matt Goodwin from Philosophy in the Public Interest and the NAU Philosophy Department will lead a discussion following the film screening.

Tickets are $12, ($6 for full-time students), and will be available starting at 6 p.m. in the Harkins lobby. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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