• Stille Nacht — Silent Night — Glade Jul

    Posted on December 13, 2013 by in Blog

    This story was originally posted on our blog 12/24/12. We’d like to repost it this year, because we are continually amazed and inspired by the power of music and the stories generated by this simple song. We’d also like to plug the PBS TV broadcast of the Minnesota Opera performance of “Silent Night,” Kevin Puts’s […]

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    Typecast Ducks and Trolls – Askelad and the Seven Silver Ducks

    Posted on October 12, 2013 by in Blog

    We were invited to post this guest blog (10/9/13) on the genesis of our Askelad commissioning/book/CD project by Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace in Minneapolis. They are one of the fine vendors who carry our musical retelling of the classic Norwegian folktale, Askelad and the Seven Silver Ducks, composed and illustrated by Margi Griebling-Haigh. We were happy […]

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  • OboeBass! The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo Newletter/Update: June 30, 2013

    Posted on June 30, 2013 by in Blog, Newsletter

    Dear friends of OboeBass! – The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo, & Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie It’s been a while since last we wrote (9/21/12), and we haven’t been standing still!  2012-13 was a busy year for us, both individually, and as a duo.  Carrie loved filling in teaching the oboe studio at UW Eau Claire for Christa Garvey’s 2012-13 sabbatical, […]

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    Musings on Transcendence, “Pershing’s Own,” Marian Anderson, Orchestra Lockouts, and Semi-Trailers

    Posted on April 1, 2013 by in Blog

    The arts can give people occasional glimpses of something great outside themselves, that lifts them to a higher state of awareness of beauty and wonder in the world around them, in others, and in themselves. We may not often get these transformative moments of transcendence, but we recognize them when they hit us, remember them […]

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  • Stille Nacht — Silent Night — Glade Jul

    Posted on December 24, 2012 by in Blog

    For several years, our family’s favorite Christmas carol has been Good King Wenceslas. We love how it retells a beautiful story of generous love in action that transcends all barriers, and ties together a story, music, and words from different lands and centuries. We encourage you to learn all five verses, sing it heartily, and […]

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    Give to the Max for LAAC Coffee Concert Series (and other stuff)

    Posted on November 14, 2012 by in Blog

    REMEMBER THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 IS “GIVE TO THE MAX DAY!” We host, organize, and perform on an amazing, unique series of chamber music coffee concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center (LAAC).  The top five amazing things about this series are: The Performers -  top area orchestral players, soloists, ensembles, and McKnight Fellowship winners who […]

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  • An Orchestra is an Instrument

    Posted on November 8, 2012 by in Blog

    I am a musician. I play the bass. My bass is about 116 years old, made in 1896 by an Englishman named William Acton. It’s not a Strad, but it’s a very good bass. It’s relatively young for a fine string instrument. Many of the violins, violas, cellos and basses played in the Minnesota Orchestra […]

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  • Back in the KRLS Saddle Again Oct. 26

    Posted on October 15, 2012 by in Blog

    We’re booked for our makeup day for the Kitchigami Regional Libraries with three performances in Sebeka, Park Rapids, and Wadena on Friday, Oct. 26.  (Take a peek to the right at “Upcoming Events” for details.)  Sorry we had to postpone those performances, but glad to be heading up north again soon.  It will be a […]

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  • KRLS days 6-7 – Lost and Found Tour Finale? – To be continued

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by in Blog

    After a great day on Thursday, Friday the 28th seems to have been misnumbered by 15 days.  Carrie was sick, and barely able to get out of bed all day.  We strove for “the show must go on” rallying forces, had great chicken soup and pampering therapy from our hosts, but had to postpone all […]

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  • KRLS Tour, Days 4-5, Best of Times, Worst of Times

    Posted on September 28, 2012 by in Blog

    Wednesday was mostly a day of travel, with one “Music is for Everybody” performance at Menahga Elementary on our way to our three farthest north performances on Thursday in Blackduck, Kelliher (pronounced “Kelly-er”) and Cass Lake.  Karma was out to lunch, and news and events of the days were either spectacularly bad or good, with […]

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