Will MacDonald, fiddle, and Lee MacDonald, cello
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Let your heart be tugged by “Ashokan Farewell” and find your toes tapping to “Morrison’s Jig” during a midday concert presented by Tucson’s unique fiddle-and-cello duo, “Young MacDonald.”
Brothers Will and Lee MacDonald have been playing fiddle and cello as a duo since childhood, and these two young men have brought their lively music to numerous venues around Tucson and the southwest. They improvise and play their own arrangements of tunes from a variety of traditions and cultures, including bluegrass and jazz classics. “Young MacDonald” placed first in the Civic Orchestra of Tucson’s Young Artists’ Competition’s Ensemble Division in 2018, and released their first CD, “Poundcake,” in November of that year.
Will, now seventeen years old, began studying classical violin at the age of 5, and a year later turned to fiddle music. His teachers have included Laura Barry and Wynne Rife, and he currently studies with Nick Coventry and Matt Rolland. He has studied music composition through Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Project, and was a finalist in the 2015 TSO Young Artists Competition. He was named the Arizona State Overall Fiddle Champion in 2017 and 2018, and won numerous awards at the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, ID, in 2018.
Fourteen-year-old Lee began his cello studies at age 7 with Professor Theodore Buchholz of the University of Arizona. Today his studies continue with Mary Beth Tyndall and Nick Coventry. He won second Place in the TSO’s Young Artists Competition in 2016 and first Place at the Tucson Cello Congress competition in 2018. Lee has played back-up cello in numerous fiddle contests in the Southwest and in the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, ID.
Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village Volunteer