LEXINGTON, Ky.—Grammy-nominated fiddler Liz Carroll will give a concert Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Transylvania University's Carrick Theater. Accompanying Carroll will be Cork-born composer and pianist Cormac McCarthy. Tickets for the World Voices Series Concert are $10. (One free ticket with a Transylvania ID).
Carroll began composing music as a child and has performed with artists ranging from violinist Yehudi Menuhin to rocker Don Henley.
“Liz Carroll has amazed audiences around the world and we are thrilled to have her perform at Transylvania,” said Larry Barnes, professor of music and director of the World Voices Series. “She is a recognized master of the Celtic fiddle and all who come to hear her are in for a real treat.”
In April 2011, Carroll was awarded the Cumadóir TG4, becoming the first American-born composer to be honored with Ireland's most significant traditional music prize.
Irish Echo, the largest circulation Irish American weekly newspaper, calls Carroll's playing “nothing less than breathtaking,” and a concert review from The New York Times declares Carroll “Brilliant...She does more than run through her finger twisting reels and sustained slow airs. She—and her listeners—continually rediscover each melody.”
McCarthy, originally from Cork, Ireland, lives in Chicago. A composer and pianist, he began studying piano at age four and continued his studies at the Cork School of Music as a teenager. In 2010, McCarthy received the prestigious Bill Whelan International Music Bursary, an award for young Irish composers studying abroad.
Seating is limited to the first 250 tickets reserved by calling Transylvania’s fine arts box office at (859) 233-8141. Payment is by cash only at the box office the evening of the show. Reserved tickets unclaimed by 7:20 p.m. will be released. (Transylvania students, faculty and staff can get one free ticket with their university ID; however, the ticket must be reserved.)