Wednesday, September 25, 2013

“A Musical Journey” with OboeBass in Bigfork

A different kind of chamber music in a place designed for just such an event. That is the treat waiting for you at The Edge Center in Bigfork this Friday.  The musicians are OboeBass and they have been called “music pioneers”.  They say they are the “world's only Oboe and Double Bass duo.” Ethnic folk songs and All-American jazz influence their music. Sounds like a wonderful combination. Come and try some. They will be on stage at The Edge Center in Bigfork on September 27th.  The public performance is at 7 PM. Prices $10 adults and $5 children.

The Musicians

Carrie 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. If you would like to know more, the previous post on this blog provides more detail or you can visit:

Rolf Erdahl plays double bass in OboeBass.  He performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera. He teaches bass at Luther College and Gustavus Adolphus College. Likewise the previous post on this blog contains more background on Rolf and you can visit:

The Music

What you hear at this concert will not be what most would expect of chamber music.  That is part of “The Musical Journey” these two musicians have planned for the evening.  How it will sound to you, how you will feel about it, and will it leave a lasting impression on you can only be discovered by coming to the event. Here is the program for the concert:

Vignettes from The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006)
by Timothy Goplerud (b. 1960)
I. Jangles Dances for Pennies
II. Malone's Hobo Song
III. Down but not Out

Three Songs for oboe and bass after poems by Pablo Neruda (1997)
by Andrea Clearfield (b. 1960)

"Movements Suite"
by Timothy Goplerud
A Walk in the Park (2006)
Rhumboid (2006)
New York Minute (2009)

‘Round Midnight              
by Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)
arr. Timothy Goplerud (2006)

Schubert's "Trout" served Four Ways, or, Three Fishy Variations on a Familiar Theme(2008)
by Timothy Goplerud

Askelad and the Seven Silver Ducks (2008)
by Margaret Griebling-Haigh (b. 1960)

Plucked Halling
by Adrian Mann (b. 1949)

The Composers

Tim Goplerud, “enjoys working at the intersection of classical and vernacular musical traditions.”  He is a former double bassist and spent considerable time playing jazz and playing in symphony orchestras.  He strives to write music “…that is inventively structured yet melodically and rhythmically appealing and is as gratifying to play as it is to hear.”  He has a BM degree in music from Yale University and at the Juilliard School has a MM in Bass performance, plus at Peabody Conservatory he did graduate study in composition and electronic music. Information from:

Andrea Clearfield’s music has, according to the New York Times,  “…a consonant and melodic style, and the ease with which she moves between graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing suits these instruments and players perfectly…”.  She divides her time as composer in residence at Le Moulin å Nef in Auvillar, France and was a fellow in June and July at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy.  Andrea recently has been the composer at the University of Texas at Austin, the College of William and Mary, The University of Chicago and the International Conservatory Week Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She is a “…strong advocate for creating vital, alternative spaces for arts, her Philadelphia Salon is now celebrating 27 Years and she is curating/hosting other Salons around the country…”.  This from 

One of the premiere American music giants, Thelonious Sphere Monk excelled both as a jazz musician and composer with a unique improvisational style.   He added many outstanding contributions to music in his career, playing and composing.  He is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.  “His compositions and improvisations are full of dissonant harmonies and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk's unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations….” This from

Music that has been characterized as “…haunting, charismatic, yearning, wistful, lyrical, colorful, and insouciant! She is concerned with conveying emotions and moods, but firmly believes in the powers of memorable melodies and rhythms and strong formal structure….” Contributing to that could be Margi Griebling-Haigh’s three generations of family composers.  An Akron Ohio native, she has an excellent musical education, long list of awards on a local, state and national level to match such a glowing description. This from and

This activity 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.

The Venue

All this adds up to a potentially great concert.   One that is different from typical chamber music with its unique pairing of instruments and with music from a variety of composer writing styles.  The Edge Center has hosted many concerts including artists amazing talents.  We believe this concert will continue this tradition and provide another great evening of listening enjoyment. Above image courtesy of Cindy Trboyevich.

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