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Ohio University welcomes Celtic sensation Natalie Macmaster

ATHENS, Ohio (March 2, 2007) -- Ohio University is proud to welcome world-renowned fiddler Natalie MacMaster to the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

With a talent that remains both raw and wondrously refined, and backed by a band any top musician would be proud of, Natalie Mac Master continues to stun crowds around the globe with her feverish fiddling and mesmerizing step dancing. 

Well-known to international audiences as one of Canada's major talents, Natalie has been an ambassador for traditional East Coast music, and is credited with lifting the style to its contemporary prominence. While acclaimed for taking Celtic music to new heights, each album Natalie releases displays a creativity and range that constantly expands the boundaries of the genre. 

Natalie first picked up the fiddle at age nine and hasn't looked back. The niece of famed Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster (with whom she recorded a tribute album in 2005), Natalie quickly became a major talent in her own right. After winning numerous awards for her early traditional recordings, Natalie's subsequent releases have been boldly ground-breaking and received with abundant accolades. 

Natalie's live performances are renowned for their incandescent energy and toe-tapping, rhythmic intensity. She has shared the stage with Santana, The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Pavarotti, Faith Hill, Don Henley, Michael McDonald and dozens of distinguished symphony orchestras, and has appeared on national television programs such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," ABC's New Year's Eve special "ABC 2002" and "Good Morning America." Through it all, Natalie's performances have resounded with what the Los Angeles Times described as "irresistible, keening passion." 

Tickets for this performance may be purchased at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium ticket office, open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before the performance. For tickets or information, please call 740.593.1780. This performance is part of the 2006-07 Horizons Concert Series and is sponsored by Pepsi and the Ohio University Performing Arts Series.

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Media Contact: Associate Director of the Performing Arts Series Andrew Holzaepfel, (740) 593-1760 or holzaepa@ohio.edu

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