Mike Block & Hanneke Cassel return to 1st Presbyterian

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Cassel & Block

International award-winning Bluegrass, Americana, and folk musicians Mike Block and Hanneke Cassel will arrive in Vero Beach on Friday, April 9, 2021, for a concert at First Presbyterian Church. The concert will take place at 7:30pm in McAfee Hall, located on the church campus at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Admission is free; a $20 donation is suggested. Proceeds will benefit the Mike Block Strings Camp Scholarship Fund.

The duo concert featuring folk, classical, and original music, is presented by the Vero Beach International Music Festival.  Hanneke Cassel is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and Mike Block is a Grammy Award-Winning cellist/singer/composer whom Yo-Yo Ma calls “The ideal musician of the 21st-Century”.  Masks and social distancing will be required for audience members, and seating is limited to the first 120 guests. The concert will also be offered via Livestream on the church website, http://www.firstpresvero.org, and also on the church’s Facebook page.

Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. She has graced stages across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.  Her style fuses different influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Hanneke’s music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.” 

Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century”, Mike is part of the Grammy-award winning Silk Road Ensemble, a graduate of the Juilliard School, and an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Jacob Craig, Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian, at (772) 562-9088 or jacobcraig@firstpresvero.org. 

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