The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present “The Spirit Sings” a program of African American music as it transformed from slave songs to jazz featuring the music of OboeBass! The duo of Rolf Erdahl, double bass and Carrie Vecchione, oboe will present this free program on the following dates and locations:
Thursday, September 24th, at Noon at the Cloquet Public Library
Saturday, September 26th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library
(Watch for their return in March 2016 at more libraries.)
As the world’s only professional oboe/bass duo, Erdahl and Vecchione have had a unique career focused on reaching, involving, and educating people through the creative power of music. Their repertoire is virtuosic, demanding, and accessible, with folksong, jazz, tango, and literary inspirations. They make contemporary chamber music comprehensible, meaningful, engaging, and inspiring for their audiences.
Vecchione and Erdahl are both classically trained musicians with doctorates in music performance and extensive performing and teaching experience. When they married, they discovered very little had been written for their combination of oboe/English horn and double bass. Talented composer friends stepped into the breech and the variety of styles and expressions of the music written for them convinced them to pursue a career as a duo specializing in new music for oboe and double bass.
Their series of original programs blend storytelling, performance, and children’s literature about music to bring basic musical concepts and history to life. As we pass on the traditions of the past, we help people be part of what is to come in the ongoing, wildly rollicking, and ever relevant history of classical music.


Join us for a program that travels through time as the Spirit Sings explores the legacy of African Americans and their contribution to American music, from slave songs that evolve into our unique American music form, jazz, and also pivotal classical performers like the great opera singer Marian Anderson. This program is part of their Pages of Music series and is best for 5th grade through adult audiences.