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OboeBass! The Vecchione/Erdahl duo brings Music Leaning series to Red Wing

The world's only professional oboe/bass duo will become a regular feature at four Red Wing locations between now and Christmas.

Apple Valley couple Carrie Vecchione an oboist and Rolf Erdahl a double bassist form the duo OboeBass! The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo.

They will perform at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park, Seminary Home, the Red Wing Senior Center and Deer Crest Senior Residence.

"We mix performance with information," says Erdahl. "We mix elements of both a concert and a music appreciation class."

They began their series last month with "the Remarkable Music Machine," about the orchestra and its instruments.

The duo was awarded an Arts Learning Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to present seven programs from their "Pages of Music" music learning series at ten senior facilities around the state.

Though designed as a series, people are welcome to join at any time. All programs are free and open to the public of all ages.

Future programs explore the music of Grieg, Saint Saëns, African-American musical history and legacy, the classical and jazzy Nutcracker and stories of Christmas carols.

For more information visit or find them on Facebook. Hear the duo play at their local performances: 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park on Pioneer Road and 2:30 p.m. at the Seminary Home, 906 College Avenue.

Also 10 a.m. at the Red Wing Senior Center, 1407 West Fourth St. and 2:15 p.m. at Deer Crest, 470 Fairview Blvd. on Tuesdays Aug. 6 and Sept. 13; Fridays Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. There will be a free will offering taken for the Senior Center.

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.