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8/27/2013 - Canadian Fidler Opens Fall A La Carte Season

CONTACT:Sharon Benson
Arts Education Coordinator

Award-Winning Canadian Fidler
Opens Fall A La Carte Season

(Salina, KS 08-13) Salina Arts & Humanities presents its fall season of free, outdoor Art a la Carte concerts beginning Friday, September 6th with Canadian fiddler April Verch and her band.  Concerts take place at Robert Caldwell Plaza, on the commons between the City/County Building and the Salina Public Library. The half-hour performances begin at 12:20 p.m. each Friday for six weeks.

In the second decade of her career as an international touring fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter, Verch is a woman who has grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist. Practically from birth, she was immersed in folk music and dance in her native Ottawa Valley.  By the time Verch graduated from high school, she’d won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums. She followed those achievements with a year at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and a win at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, making her the first woman ever to take both of her country’s top contests. 

The April Verch Band is rounded out by bassist and claw-hammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin. It is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating band. Together, these three passionate musicians tour extensively across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe and Australia. Verch’s current tour will see her traveling from Canada to Texas and opening the West Side Folk series in Lawrence, KS, on the evening of the Sept 6th.  

In inclement weather, Art a la Carte performances are held at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe. 

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.