The OboeBass duet have been called “music pioneers,” and they claim to be the “world’s only Oboe and Double Bass duo.” This unique pairing of instruments for classical sounds will be on stage at the Edge Center for a public performance and student program in Bigfork in September. Artists Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl, who are committed to this combination of instruments, entertain audiences of all ages with their special music. The performance is on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Prices $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Vecchione and Erdahl have produced award-winning performances while keeping their mission of teaching music appreciation to young people, a top priority. With an introduction like “Double Reed. Double Bass. Licensed to Thrill,” audiences might not be sure what to expect. But sometimes the unexpected is best. The duo’s music, influenced by ethnic folk songs, dances, and American jazz, is a different flavor of chamber music that audiences around the country have enjoyed. They perform their special music on recital series, at colleges and universities, along with conferences of the International Double Reed Society and International Society of Bassists.
Vecchione plays the oboe in OboeBass. In addition, she teaches at the MacPhail Center for Music, subs with the Minnesota Orchestra, and appears as Principal Oboe of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. She received her Doctoral and Bachelor degrees from Louisiana State University, and her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She also studied with Joseph Robinson, Earnest Harrison, and Mark Ostoich.
Erdahl plays double bass with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera. He teaches bass at Luther College and Gustavus Adolphus College. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and the Peabody Conservatory, while his work as a Fulbright in Norway resulted in his doctoral dissertation being on the music of Edvard Grieg. He studied with Eugene Levinson, Peter Lloyd, Bruce Bransby, Paul Ellison, Hal Robinson, and James Clute.
This concert is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.