Saratoga Orchestra is Fiddlin’ from Bach to Bluegrass with ‘Soaring Strings’ on May 9

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May 6, 2015

Whidbey Island’s Saratoga Orchestra presents renowned blues and jazz fiddler, Darol Anger, for the orchestra’s annual Intermezzo VI Gala Weekend. “Soaring Strings,” a concert featuring Mr. Anger and the Saratoga Orchestra under the direction of conductor Anna Edwards, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 in the South Whidbey High School auditorium.

The eclectic program will feature a mixture of jazz, blues, bluegrass and even Bach and Mozart. A number of special guests, including singer/songwriter Emy Phelps and hammered dulcimer player, Simon Chrisman, will be joining the fun.

Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, he has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.

Anger has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stéphane Grappelli. Today he can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games. He is an Associate Professor at the prestigious Berklee School of music.

General Admission tickets are $25 Adult and $20 Senior/Military. Students under 18 are admitted free (under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Tickets are available at Moonraker Books-Langley, Vino Amore-Freeland, bayleaf-Coupeville, and Click Music-Oak Harbor or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Cash/check/credit card accepted at the door. For more information please visit our website or call 360-929-3045.

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