CENTRAL EAST, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2008) - On Friday, March 15, the Daytona Beach International Festival (DBIF) will welcome Canada's leading Celtic fiddler, Natalie MacMaster, for a mesmerizing, one-night performance.Just in time to stir up the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, MacMaster will flood the stage with her boundless energy and tremendous talent.Part of the 2007-2008 DBIF Season, the concert will take place at the News-JournalCenter (221 N. Beach St.), starting at
With a talent that remains both raw and wondrously refined, MacMaster has become an ambassador for traditional East Coast music.She began playing fiddle at age nine and has been a sensation ever since.Known for her feverish fiddling and exciting step dancing, MacMaster is credited with taking Celtic music to new heights.For the March 15 concert in Daytona Beach, MacMaster will be backed by a band of some of Canada's top talent: Mac Morin on piano and keyboard; Michael MacIsaac on highland bagpipes, small pipes, whistles and banjo; J.D. Blair on drums; and Nathaniel Smith on cello.
Two of MacMaster's CDs have charted on Billboard's Top 20 Selling World Music charts.In 2006, MacMaster was one of the youngest people ever named to the prestigious Order of Canada - the country's highest civilian honor.Her latest and tenth album, 'Yours Truly,' was released in October 2006.The album weaves fresh sounds and concepts into her rich CapeBreton musical heritage.She has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Santana, Paul Simon, Faith Hill, Don Henley and many others.
Single tickets for the Natalie MacMaster performance are $46 and $38.DBIF also offers student tickets for $22 and child tickets for $12 with the purchase of an adult ticket.The new Friends of the Arts Discount offers adults a 15 percent discount on all single-event tickets when they present tickets from other local arts organizations.*
In addition to the Natalie MacMaster concert, the remaining 2007-2008 DBIF Season includes performances by Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas (March 19), and the Irish Rovers (March 27).
On April 3, 2008, DBIF will offer its first-ever special event concert, featuring the world-famous Itzhak Perlman.For more information, call the DBIF Box Office at (386) 257-7790 or (866) 849-0731 (toll free), or visit 212 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach or .
The Daytona Beach International Festival's mission is to enhance demand for diverse, artistically brilliant live music performances in the Daytona Beach, Florida region.DBIF presents the biennial festival featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, slated for April 17 to May 2, 2009.Previously known as the Florida International Festival, the 2009 Festival will bear the organization's new name - Daytona Beach International Festival.The new DBIF was formed with unprecedented support from the City of Daytona Beach, County of Volusia, the Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District, and with continued support from the private sector to embark on an ambitious plan to take the Festival to even greater heights.
Daytona Beach is 23-miles of picturesque beaches along the Atlantic Coastline of Florida. Historically known for its spectacular beaches and motor sports, the Daytona Beach area is also endowedwith numerous first-class cultural organizations, including theMuseum of Arts and Sciences, the Southeast Museum of Photography, the Atlantic Center for the Arts as well as the state's only professional musical theater company, Seaside Music Theater, and the largest international and orchestral Festival in Florida, the Daytona Beach International Festival, and many more.
* Some restrictions apply.Please call the Box Office for details.