After several years of celebrating the season with his globe-wandering but prairie-centric Heartland Holiday performances, local fiddle and mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko is getting an early start this year. His Harvesting the Music cornucopia shifts the focus from midwinter icicles and carols to late autumnal leaves and seasonal bounty. And fiddles. Ostroushko's reasoning is that fiddles have been an integral part of harvest celebrations for generations. His own music has always had a deep strain of American roots, particularly those originating in the heartland. So he's assembled an impressive cast of locally and internationally renowned musicians, beginning with himself, of course. The other fiddlers will be Celtic master Liz Carroll, multi-grass adventurer Darol Anger, and local teenaged phenoms Sedra Bistodeau and Shena Tschofen. Rounding out the ensemble will be guitar aces Dean Magraw and Daíthí Sproule, pianist/accordionist Dan Chouinard, and cellist Michelle Kinney. Expect an eclectic mix that'll stir your feet and imagination.
Fri., Nov. 25, 8 p.m., 2011