An Evening with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at Franklin Opera House April 12

FRANKLIN — Franklin Opera House Center for Arts and Entertainment will hold a very special evening with Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cellist Natalie Haas on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Part of what is so special about this event is that the entire concert will be played acoustically, without the use of amplifiers and microphones. The fine acoustics and intimacy of the historic Franklin Opera House makes this possible according to Opera House Executive Director  ...

FRANKLIN — Franklin Opera House Center for Arts and Entertainment will hold a very special evening with Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cellist Natalie Haas on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Part of what is so special about this event is that the entire concert will be played acoustically, without the use of amplifiers and microphones. The fine acoustics and intimacy of the historic Franklin Opera House makes this possible according to Opera House Executive Director  Steve Foley.

Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic).

Natalie 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.

Those who are already fans of Alasdair and Natalie will not want to miss out on "Dessert with Alasdair" at the Black Swan Inn, three miles east of the Opera House following the concert. Alasdair invites fans to "a wee soiree at the inn" where they can "bring instruments and jam while we schmooze."

Tours of the  historic inn, formerly the Peabody Brown Estate, will also be given by innkeeper, Sheryl Ollie while Chef Greg Stone is putting the finishing touches on the dessert.

The inn is offering a special package that includes the concert, Dessert with Alasdair, a guest room at the Inn and breakfast at $199 double occupancy.

Tickets for the concert and "Dessert with Alasdair" are on sale at the Franklin Opera House box office, by phone at (603) 934-1901 and online at www.themiddlenh.org. Concert tickets are $20-$22. Tickets for "Dessert with Alasdair” are $15 and there are only 50 available.

For the Black Swan Inn Package, contact Sheryl Ollie at (603) 630-6155 or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cellist Natalie Haas. (Courtesy photo)