Tim Macdonald

Praised for his “athletic” and “impressive and stylistically Scottish playing” (Dr. John Turner & Dr. Melinda Crawford), Tim Macdonald is a regular performer, scholar, composer, and teacher of early Scottish fiddle music. His unique combination of years of experience as a folk dance musician with the carefully-trained technique of a classical player and the historical rigor of a scholar have taken him from New York City’s Frick Collection and Scotland’s Blair Castle to the villages of Indonesia, university lecture halls and academic conferences, countless country and contra dances, and beyond. Tim is the only US National Scottish Fiddling Champion to win on a Baroque violin, and he has played with Trio Settecento, the Newberry Consort, Rachel Barton Pine, and the Mountainside Baroque orchestra, among other groups. He formed an internationally-touring Scottish fiddle duo with cellist Jeremy Ward whose “thrilling” music “only [gets] more thrilling as they shred […] on” (Chicago Classical Review). The duo’s debut album, The Wilds, is a “fresh and yet authentic sounding” (Dr. John Purser) celebration of the diversity of Scottish fiddle music in the 18th century. Learn more at www.tsmacdonald.com. 



MAY PERFORMANCE CANCELLED - The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour (click for more information)

Dear Valued Patrons,
We regret to share that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not present The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour this May 8-10th. We currently plan to reschedule this project for a special performance in August 2020. We hope to share more details on that soon. In the meantime, current ticketholders for May performances of The Mistress can choose to hold their ticket(s) and use them for the rescheduled event, or receive a voucher for the cost to be used for future Consort events, donate the cost of their tickets as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, or request a refund. Please note that season pass holders will receive a percentage credit or refund. To confirm arrangements, contact General Manager Hannah De Priest at manager@newberryconsort.org. You can also leave a voicemail at 773-669-7335 and she will call you back.

You can always donate to the Newberry Consort online  or via check. Our mailing address is The Newberry Consort, P.O. Box 60212, Chicago, IL, 60660-0212. Please reach out to manager@newberryconsort.org if you have any questions or leave a message at 773-669-7335 and one of our staff will be in touch with you.
We appreciate your understanding and very much look forward to welcoming you to Newberry Consort concerts in the future. Till then, wishing you all good health and safety in these uncertain times.