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Young Scottish Performers of the Carolinas concert March 17

Laurinburg, N.C. – March 17 may be St. Patrick’s Day, St. Andrews University’s Scottish Heritage Center will be hosting a concert of music and dance from the “Celtic cousins” of the Irish at 7 p.m. in the University’s Avinger Auditorium as part of the annual Scottish Heritage Weekend.

This concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance starting promptly at 7 p.m.

“The concert will feature local and regional young people who are pursuing their interests in the Scottish arts,” said Bill Caudill, director of the Scottish Heritage Center and instructor of the University’s prize-winning pipe band. “This year we are focusing on the youth of the region who are pursuing their interests in Scottish piping and drumming, Highland dance, as well as string music. Students will perform both individually as well as part of groups in a concert or recital setting.”

The concert will not only include students of St. Andrews University, but also youth from the greater community who are participating in the University’s Scottish Arts Program. The performers will range in age from 9 to 21. In past years, the annual concert has hosted well-known performers such as fiddlers Bonnie Rideout and Alasdair Fraser, Scottish harper William Jackson, Gaelic singers Mairi Sine Campbell and Margaret Bennett, as well as other visiting Scottish guests. The St. Andrews University Pipe Band used the concert for two live CD recording events in 2007 and 2010.

“This year both our Scottish Heritage Awards and our Concert are focusing on young people, and in the case of our award recipients individuals who have made an impact on the lives of young people,” Caudill said. “One of the things which our pipe band and Scottish arts program is geared toward is to making young people capable performers – not just in a competitive arena, but for the general public. Featuring the individual talents of our young people is a great way to foster the performance abilities and confidence of these young people in their Scottish arts pursuits.”

Attendees will be treated to solo performances on the bagpipe, performances of Scottish dances such as the “Highland Fling” and others, as well as performances of Scottish fiddle tunes by a family string band. A mini-band of the SAU Pipe Band will also debut their 2012 Competition medley to start the evening’s entertainment.

The 7 p.m. concert is free and open to the public.

This concert is a part of the Scottish Heritage Weekend at St. Andrews scheduled for March 16-18. The events include the Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium, the Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet and the Kirkin’ of the Tartans worship service at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

For a full schedule of events and registration information, please go to http://www.sapc.edu/shc/scottishheritagesymposium.php or call the Scottish Heritage Center at 910-277-5236. Email reservations are also taken at rsvp@sapc.edu. Please remember to include Scottish Heritage in the subject line and include names of all participants.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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