WEST HARTFORD, Conn. ― Hailed by many as the “Canadian Alison Krauss,” Kelli Trottier will perform in the MUSIC for a CHANGE benefit concert series on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, which is located in the Harry Jack Gray Center at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford. Kenny White will open the show. Tickets are $19.
Born and raised in Ontario, a hotbed of musical tradition, Kelli Trottier developed her passion for singing, songwriting, dancing and performing. Her talents have carried her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East and the far north, making fans in every venue with her distinct voice and beautiful fiddle playing. And not only is she an accomplished singer, she has been nominated three times for Fiddle Player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association and is featured instrumentally and vocally on many studio recordings for other artists.
Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed. The fiddle was a natural extension of the dance; you just can’t have one without the other. And who better to learn from than the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Kelli learned well from these sources and then embraced the exuberant rhythmic fiddle and step dance styles of the French Canadian pioneers.
Opener Kenny White is a fixture in the NY studio scene, writing and producing literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio as well as working on soundtracks for many Hollywood films. In this capacity, he worked with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt and Dwight Yoakam just to name a few. He now tours singing his own music, creating soulful and memorable performances.
The University of Hartford launched the MUSIC for a CHANGE series in the spring of 2000, with the goal of using music as means of helping the Hartford community. To date, more than $150,000 has been raised for a number of Greater Hartford nonprofit organizations. The proceeds from this particular show will go to the Hartford Food System, one of the nation’s oldest organizations dedicated to fighting hunger and improving nutrition on the grassroots level.
For tickets, call the University box office at 860-768-4228 or 800-274-8587, or purchase them on line at www.musicforachange.com.
For more information about the MUSIC for a CHANGE concert series, go to www.musicforachange.com and sign in to get emails about upcoming shows, and join our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=72101746833