Suze Diaz — Escondido, CA .. A bagpipe soloist nobly performed a Celtic tune in the Lyric Court of the California Center for the Arts Escondido as patrons arrived to enter the Concert Hall. Various attendees were dressed in Scottish kilts displaying the color of their clans. It was a night of Celtic magic and Scottish pride to share at The Scottish International Tattoo Music Parade last Wednesday evening bringing unique talent to expanding cultural minds.
Presented in cooperation with Jean Will Presents, Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen introduced the renowned ensemble direct from Edinburgh, Scotland that consisted of world championship bagpipers, drummer, singers, dancers, and musicians famously known for their high energy and charismatic sets from the Celtic rock band, Aceltica.
To kickoff the festive evening, a solo drummer played an impressive introduction invitation to call forth the bagpipe and drum company to proudly perform “Scotland the Brave” as they entered through both sides of the Concert Hall. With meticulousness in march and in sound, the performance brought a lively spirit that sparked excitement within the audience.
From traditional songs mixed with contemporary modern music to beautifully performed Highland dancing to solo bagpipers displaying their exquisite fingering and speed on the chanter, each cast member presented the beauty and wonders of Scotland’s artistic culture. Examples of the wonderful connections of the music to the stories of Scotland’s diverse history were shared and the background of the songs sung gave the audience a closer look as to why Scotland is proud of their past including a video montage of a few of Scotland’s cinematic landscapes. Gracing us with the honor of performing the “National Anthem of Scotland”, the pipe and drum corps mesmerized the audience with the precision in their musicianship. It is no wonder that many young Scots are applying for piping lessons lending the notion that their history and culture are in good hands for the future.
With majestic delight in their performance, Aceltica, along with the bagpipe and drum corps, presented a rousing version of Paul McCartney’s famous “Mull of Kintyre”. A wickedly talented “duel” between Aceltica members Coralea McKay on fiddle and Steven Dewar on bagpipe was a visual and audio extravaganza.
With a generous nod to the association between Scotland and the United States, the ensemble group graciously performed “America the Beautiful” and U.S. Marine Corp Hymn, “The Halls of Montezuma”, securing a forever bond between the audience and the performers on stage. An angelic performance of “Amazing Grace” further pledged respect and commitment to the relationship of the two countries with a standing ovation in reply to a whisky shot toast. A compassionate and touching rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” cemented the end to a delightful and heartwarming evening.
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