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OboeBass! Valerie Coleman American Vein CD Release Party

January 24 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm


The Apple Valley musical duo OboeBass! wraps up their “American Vein” Minnesota Mini Tour with a free CD Release Party at 7:00 pm, Jan. 23 at St Paul’s MetroNOME Brewery (385 Broadway Street
St. Paul, MN) to celebrate their premiere recording of Valerie Coleman’s “American Vein.” Proceeds from CD sales and free-will donations go to support Hopewell Music Cooperative, North.

OboeBass! is oboist Carrie Vecchione and her husband, bassist Rolf Erdahl. Hailed 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, including 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.”

Valerie Coleman is a leading American composer and founding flutist of the acclaimed Imani Winds woodwind quintet. She is one of the most frequently performed living composers. Acclaimed by the Washington Post Music Critic Anne Midgette as one of the “Top 35 woman composers in Classical music,” she was also named 2020 Classical Woman of the Year by NPR’s Performance Today. Valerie currently serves on the Mannes School of Music Flute and Composition faculty in New York, NY.

Valerie Coleman and OboeBass! won a 2018 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America for a new oboe/bass duo. Valerie describes American Vein as “a nostalgic look at what the best of America means to us all.” Celebrating the community and pride that come from things that unite us, American Vein travels in time and geography across the country, revealing different aspects of things we know, remember, share, and believe about the USA. Her musical roadtrip starts with the Redwood Forests, cruises down Route 66, visits Woodstock of 1952, pays homage to the Melting Pot at the Statue of Liberty, and Finishes off with a Southern “Barn Raising, Bourbon and Bluegrass.” Oboist Vecchione notes “We are long-time fans of Valerie and her music, and we are thrilled she was able to write this piece for us. It really exemplifies the power of music to bring people together.”

“Valerie’s piece is all about musical storytelling,” adds Erdahl. “It tells a lot about who we all are, where we came from, and what we can be as a nation. It’s a joy and inspiration to be playing this music.”


January 24
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
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MetroNOME Brewery
289 5th St E
St Paul, 55101
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