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“American Vein” recital at Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, Brainerd

January 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST


OboeBass! presents a recital of music from various sources of the the American melting pot experience, focusing on and spinning off from Valerie Coleman’s “American Vein.” OboeBass! is oboist Carrie Vecchione and her husband, bassist Rolf Erdahl. Hailed by MPR as “pioneers in the classical music business. Forging ahead with a new chamber music combination that sounds so….well, so right!”  OboeBass! has partnered with a wide range of composers, and commissions from Chamber Music America and The Fromm Foundation, to create a new genre built on the combined sounds of oboe and bass. In venues from Fermi Lab to the Fitzgerald theater, audiences have described OboeBass! concerts as “inventive, cheeky, informative, and delightful.”  Other featured composers include Tim Goplerud, Stephen Foster, Eric Hansen, Julie Johnson, and Adrian Mann.

Composer Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman composed “American Vein” for OboeBass! through a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Described as one of the “Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music” by critic Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Valerie Coleman (b. 1970) is among the world’s most performed living composers. Her works are highly regarded as a deeply relevant contribution to modern music. She is founder, creator, and former flutist of the Grammy® nominated Imani Winds, one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles. She currently serves as Flute and Composition Professor at the Mannes School of Music in New York.

The Concert will be performed at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, 602 S 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401
Registration required
The concert program:

American Vein

A Walk in the Park  (2006), by Timothy Goplerud (b. 1960)

Vignettes from the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006), by Timothy Goplerud

  1. Jangles Dances for Pennies
  2. Malone’s Hobo Song
  3. Down But Not Out

Hard Times Come Again No More (1854), by Stephen Foster (1826-64), arr. 2008 by Eric Hansen (b. 1963)

Folk Suite for Oboe and Bass (2014)by  Julie Johnson (b. 1975)

  1. I.   Prelude  
  2. II. Koiviston Polska

Torden og Lyn (2012), by Adrian Mann  (b. 1949)

      Finale: Nordfjord “Plucked” Halling 

Canzone Vecchione (2005), by Adrian Mann

      Finale: Cantate con me


American Vein (2020), by Valerie Coleman (b. 1970) 

    1. The Redwood Forest                                                                
    2. On Route 66
    3. Woodstock: Summer of 1952
    4. The Melting Pot
    5. Barn Raising, Bourbon and Bluegrass (BB&B)

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.


January 23, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST


Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center
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Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
602 S 5th St
Brainerd, MN 56401 United States
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