Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the RSCDS by joining us on 15 April 2023 for our Annual Grand Ball and Workshop at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, featuring live music by Peter Macfarlane (fiddle) and Susie Petrov (piano and accordion)
Please be aware of and prepared to comply with the RSCDS-Twin Cities Branch COVID-19 Safety Policy
Schedule | Program | Silent Auction | Musician Info
Tickets and Registration
Register and pay online or use this printable registration form to pay by check.
Register by April 1 if you wish to join us for dinner
Dinner and dancing — $65.00
Dinner and dancing (low income/student rate)* — $40.00
Dancing only (no dinner) OR dinner only (listening & watching but no dancing) — $40.00
Listening & watching only (no dancing, no dinner) — $20.00
Saturday morning dance workshop — $20.00
Dinner menu (tentative):
– Chicken Marsala
– Salmon with lemon caper butter
– Mushroom ravioli
– Vegan option available upon request
All meals include a garden salad, garlic green beans, and potatoes.
*We welcome everyone – if $40 is still too much, contact the Branch treasurer/registrar, Maggie (registrar [at] rscds-twincities.org).
|SATURDAY, 15 APRIL|
|9:30-11:30am||Scottish country dance workshop with Susie and Peter, with a focus on how the music works with the dancing @ Threads Dance Project Dance Nexus, 2213 Snelling Avenue, Ste. #100, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (entrance located on 22nd St, between Cedar and Minnehaha Aves)|
|1-2:30pm||Ball practice @ Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove, Minneapolis, MN 55403|
|5:30pm||Doors Open @ Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove, Minneapolis, MN 55403|
|7pm||Grand march and dancing and silent auction|
|Following the ball||After-glow party @ the home of Dan and Lara Friedman-Shedlov in Minneapolis|
|SUNDAY, 16 APRIL|
|10:00am||Brunch @ the home of Steve Hammill in Minneapolis|
2023 Grand Ball Program
|1||The Jubilee Jig||J32||3/4L||RSCDS Leaflets|
|2||The Dundee Whaler||S32||4/4L||Clowes: Ormskirk Mem.|
|3||The Whistling Wind||R32||3/4L||Goossen: RSCDS XXXVI|
|4||Kendall's Hornpipe||J32||2/4L||RSCDS Graded|
|5||The Ruby Wedding Strathspey||S32||3/4L||Charlton: Waratah Coll 2010|
|6||Catch the Wind||R32||3/4L||Butterfield: RSCDS XLV|
|8||Cutty Sark||J32||3/4L||RSCDS XL|
|9||Memories of Mary Ann||S32||3/3L||Stephens: RSCDS XLVII|
|10||Thornycroft||R32||2/4L||Goldring Graded 2|
|11||Light and Airy||J32||3/4L||Campbell: RSCDS IV|
|12||State of Grace||S32||3/4L||Wilson: Dances Online [San Francisco]|
|13||The Montgomeries' Rant||R32||3/4L||Castle Menzies (18C): RSCDS X|
|15||The Lady Wynd||J32||3/4L||Goldring Graded 2|
|16||The Swan and the Tay||S32||3/3L||Saunders: Perth 800|
|17||Crowcombe and Stogumber||R32||3/4L||Wallace: Dunsmuir|
|18||John Cass||J32||5/5L||Avery: RSCDS XLIX|
|19||Balquidder Strathspey||S32||3/4L||Rutherford: RSCDS XXIV|
|20||Mairi's Wedding||R40||3/4L||Cosh: 22 SCD|
|Strathspey SCD Database Cribs Diagrams|
We will hold a silent auction to benefit the ball and the RSCDS Twin Cities Branch. If you have an item or service to donate, please contact Meg Newswanger (mnewswanger [at] hotmail.com)
About the Musicians
Peter Macfarlane has been performing Scottish music for well over three decades. He discovered the music through Scottish dancing, and this informs and infuses his playing. He cut his musical teeth in the hot seat, playing in many of the Scottish dance bands in southern England, learning from master musicians and performing in large parts of England and Wales as well as continental Europe.
Through the 1990s Peter organized and led the Aylesbury Fiddle Rally, an annual concert of Scottish traditional music by over 60 musicians for an audience of ten times as many. During that time he was also invited to teach fiddle workshops, notably for the Hands-on-Music series in the UK as well as at Pinewoods Scottish week, his first foray across the Atlantic. Since immigrating to Vermont in 2003, he has been teaching fiddle privately, and continues to give workshops, including at the Flurry Festival.
Peter plays and has recorded with Atlantic Crossing and Frost and Fire, and also plays in other combinations for Scottish and English country dancing. He co-founded and is musical director of the Champlain Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, and since January 2020 has been musical director of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra. Her has two solo albums on CD: self-penned Scottish-style tunes with pianist Lilian Linden and a selection of his original waltzes. His compositions are also available in two books with a third on the way. When not playing and teaching music, Peter can be found either in his workshop building cedar strip canoes or on the water paddling them in remote places.
After finishing her piano studies at the Peabody Conservatory, Susie Petrov launched herself into her passion of researching, performing and teaching Scottish dance and music. Susie had the opportunity to teach young Scots through 1990’s as a tutor for the Feis na Gael summer music courses in the north and west of Scotland; in Golspie, on the islands of Lewis and Tiree. Here was a chance to combine her day job of music teacher with her night and summer work performing Scottish music! In 2000, Susie was a guest lecturer at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow.
Susie performs Scottish music for dances, formal Highland balls, dance camps, ceilidhs and concerts with several groups of colleagues and The Parcel of Rogues with Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, Calum Pasqua. She met Peter Macfarlane at a gig at Cardiff Castle in Wales in the early 1990s and it has been her pleasure to play with him regularly since that first meeting long ago! Their collaboration has taken them throughout the northeast and occasionally beyond, including Ohio and Missouri. Susie has numerous recordings and two collections of Scottish music to her publication credit. Find her at: www.susiepetrov.com and on Facebook.