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Fiddler Mari Black and the World Fiddle Ensemble in Beckman Institute Auditorium

Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm


Master fiddler, Mari Black, is bringing her World Fiddle Ensemble to Pasadena for a show called Fiddling Around the World. The show is a high-energy tour of fiddle music from all different corners of the globe, featuring origin stories with Mari as the musical tourguide. She has won numberous contests and honors, and her passion for the fiddle knows no bounds. From her hometown of Boston she has played concerts in Scotland, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, and France, and she can’t wait for the next stop! She has played folk venues, jazz concert series, Argentine tango festivals, and world-famous classical concert venues including Carnegie Hall. She draws from jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world. She has has appeared with such diverse artists as Irish fiddle champion Liz Carroll, Americana master Mark O’Connor, and jazzman Willie Ruff. Audiences are taken not just by her musical prowess, but also her passion and energy. Dr. John Turner, 10-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, said, “Mari Black is an extraordinary musician; her sound is musical enthusiasm personified.” Come take a trip around the world with us!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and Caltech students. They are available at the Caltech Ticket Office by calling (626) 395-4652 and at the Caltech Ticket Office at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are sold for face value if you come to the Ticket Office. There are fees for phone orders by credit/debit card and for online tickets as well. You can also buy tickets at the door on the night of the show with no additional fees. We begin admitting people into the auditorium at about 7:15 PM.

The show will be in Ramo Auditorium, which is located at the southern end of Baxter, the eastern building of the two identical buildings on either side of the “Beckman Mall”, the grassy area south of the round, white Beckman Auditorium. If you know where Beckman Institute is, we’ll have signs leading you to Ramo, and if you don’t, check out this map, find building 77 and Ramo is at the bottom end. The round map on this page might help you visualize the building better. In this larger hall, a sold out show is unlikely.

Beckman Institute Auditorium at 400 South Wilson Avenue. On concert night, free parking is available in the lot behind Beckman Auditorium (the large round, white building at the end of Michigan Avenue), but this lot may fill up, especially if there are other events on campus that night. You can always find parking for our shows in the two parking structures on Wilson Avenue, just south of Del Mar Boulevard. On weekends and after 6:00 PM, you may park in spaces that have individual names. Restrictive wording at the structures refers to weekdays before 6:00 PM. There is also parking available on Wilson Avenue itself. Beckman Institute is on the other side of the large lawn (currently a staging area for nearby construction) on Wilson Avenue, on the first floor of the left portion of the building. If you get to the fountain and pools that point toward the white, round, Beckman Auditorium, you have gone too far. See this map. Beckman Institute is building #74 and the parking structures are #123 and #124.

Parking is essentially the same for Ramo as other shows, you’ll just walk to a different building. There will be the usual limited parking right behind the large Beckman Auditorium- It is OK to park in slots with names on weekends and evenings, but the lot may fill up, depending on what other events may be taking place on the Caltech campus.  This is the best place to park for the handicapped (try to come a little early- email us at info@pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org if you need help planning your visit). The parking lots between Michigan and Wilson have been closed- a new building is rapidly rising at the southeast corner of Wilson and Del Mar.  The most reliable parking will be on Wilson Avenue, either on the street or in the two parking structures just south of Del Mar Avenue, across the street from Beckman Institute.   One structure is just north of the Institute at 341 S. Wilson Avenue, and the other, 405 S. Wilson, is just a bit south of the Institute.   Rest assured that after 5PM on weekdays, and all day on weekends, you can park for free in these structures, despite signs that allude to the more restricted parking rules during the day on weekdays.   You are permitted to park in slots that have names on them here as well.  From the structures, walk around the big lawn (much of which is currently fenced in for the building projet to the north), past Beckman Institute, on either side of the fountain pools, heading toward the white, round Beckman Auditorium, then turn right and go the the far end of the building on the left side of the big lawn.  On this map, we are suggesting that you can park in structures #123 and #124 in the upper left. Ramo Auditorium is at the far end of building #77.  If you need help figuring this out, try calling (626) 616-4559


Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:00 pm


Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech
400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States


Pasadena Folk Music Society