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Nov. 18, 2009

Hancher presents fiddler MacMaster's 'Christmas in Cape Breton’ on Dec. 5

macmasterNatalie MacMaster will blend traditional Christmas carols with Celtic melodies when she performs "Christmas in Cape Breton" at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The event is part of the 2009-2010 Hancher season.

The Washington (Iowa) High School Hi-Fi's, an 18-member choir under the direction of Robert Youngquist and Michael Jewell, will perform with MacMaster.

The Canadian town of Cape Breton -- MacMaster's hometown -- is a hotbed of Celtic music, and the fiddler's performance will include the rave-ups, ballads, and step dancing that are essential to that tradition. MacMaster's fiddling and footwork last entertained at Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus in 2005.

In addition to her own albums, three of which have been Grammy nominated, MacMaster was featured prominently on Yo-Yo Ma's 2008 holiday recording, "Songs of Joy & Peace." She has performed with The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Faith Hill, and Luciano Pavarotti as well as in front of millions on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," the ABC 2002 New Year's Eve Special and "Good Morning America."

The event is supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $45/40; college student $40.50/10; senior citizen $40.50/36; youth $31.50/28 from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone (335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,