Young, gifted violinist to perform



Violinist-fiddler Gus La Casse will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.
Violinist-fiddler Gus La Casse will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.

WINTER HARBOR — Fourteen-year-old violinist and fiddler Gus La Casse will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Hammond Hall.

Presented by Schoodic Arts for All, the young musician is the featured act for the Last Friday Coffee House. Admission is a suggested donation of $12 per person.

La Casse was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts. As part of the residency, the fiddler performed in the Acadian music duo Août Gris, appearing in a Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadian 2014. He also is dedicated to classical music and continues his studies with Richard Hsu at Hsu’s studio in Ellsworth.

Among his musical influences, La Casse cites Acadian fiddler Pascal Miousse; classical violinists Niccolò Paganini, Jascha Heifetz and Maxim Vengerov; and legendary jazz manouche violinist Stephane Grappelli. La Casse’s second CD of traditional music was recorded at Mill Pond Music Studio with Nashville veteran James Prendergast and released in June 2015.

La Casse has a real love for the Cape Breton, Acadian and Quebecois genre. He will perform airs, jigs, reels, strathspeys and even some original material, in the Cape Breton, Acadian and Quebecois tradition.

For more info, call 963-2569 or visit www.schoodicartsforall.org

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