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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 12pm
Featuring Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward, Scottish-Baroque Fiddle Duo
About the Artists:
Praised for his “athletic” and “impressive and stylistically Scottish playing” (Dr. John Turner & Melinda Crawford) and heralded as “a real fiddler” (Bonnie Rideout), Tim Macdonald is a regular performer, scholar, composer, and teacher of Scottish-Baroque music.
Tim was the first US National Scottish Fiddling Champion to win on a Baroque violin, and his performances with Trio Settecento, Susie Petrov, Colyn Fischer, the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, and many others have taken him from New York City’s Frick Collection to the villages of Indonesia, countless country and contra dances, Scotland’s Blair Castle, and beyond. Recent projects include helping to perform Scotland’s first opera, The Gentle Shepherd, in full for the first time in over two centuries, lecturing on applying the rhetorical ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment to modern fiddling, playing fully-staged Elizabethan jigs with Steve Player, joining classical superstar Rachel Barton Pine for an encore of traditional tunes following her performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, and serving as music and dancing master at a thoroughly-researched recreation of a 1770s American tavern. His radio appearances include WQXR classical radio (New York City), BBC Scotland’s Take the Floor, and WBOM radio (Rockford, IL).
He is the chairman of the Chicago Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, the Musician-in-Residence for the Oak Park English Country Dancers, and is in demand for SCD balls, English country dances, contras, and “Playing for Dance” classes. He is perennially in charge of dance music at The Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling and has also played for English-Scottish-Contra Week (ESCape) at Pinewoods.
In addition to performing, Tim runs a private teaching studio and teaches at fiddle camps and clubs. His compositions won first place at the first two Scottish FIRE Composition Competitions and are now available in print. A “remarkably capable” scholar as well as a player (Johann Buis), Tim was an Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library, where he researched the period-correct performance of Scottish-Baroque music, focusing on the work of Robert Mackintosh. He has guest lectured at Wheaton College (IL), the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music (Plockton, Scotland), and elsewhere, and presented his paper on Mackintosh at the 2017 Musica Scotica conference in Stirling. He also plays the viola d’amore, harpsichord, and concertina, serves on the board of the Great Lakes Baroque (with artistic director Jory Vinikour) and on the leadership team of his local church, is an award-winning software developer, and ran the Chicago Marathon for charity.
Jeremy David Ward is a cellist whose musical inspiration and repertoire spans from Renaissance dance music to the post-tonal works of Saariaho and Dutilleux. As a performer of early bass instruments, he is a founding member of the 16th and 17th century brass and strings ensemble Rook. Rook has performed at the Boston and Madison Early Music Fringe Festivals. It was also chosen to participate in Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshop with L’Arpeggiata. In 2014, the group held a weekend residency at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and released its premier album, Eleven. Jeremy also enjoys musicking with other early music ensembles such as Three Notch’d Road and The Newberry Consort, where he has performed with historical performance luminaries Bruce Dickey, Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Tom Zajac. He is also a member of the Newberry Violin Band.
His contemporary music collaborations have included performances with Chicago new music groups Eighth Blackbird and Dal Niente as well as Chicago Opera Vanguard and members of the Pacifica Quartet. He was also a member of the ensemble Oberlin 21, with whom he recorded works of Debussy and Takamitsu with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis on the Telarc label.
Jeremy is a guest lecturer at Wheaton Conservatory where he teaches historical performance practice. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and currently lives in and loves the great city of Chicago.
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Abbie Betinis.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
Schedule & Programs Subject to Change
About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.