ORANGE CITY – Twenty-first century parlor music? That’s Bottom Line Duo.
They’re one of three internationally-touring bass and cello duos in history. They specialize in chamber music, and use that discipline and attention to detail to honor the music of other styles… from Broadway and Argentine tango to Mexican folk and klezmer.
And they’re funny.
Watch a couple of their videos at bottomlineduo.com, said Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek. “You’ll be impressed with their musicianship, and you’ll laugh outloud. You won’t want to miss them!”
Bottom Line Duo will perform at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00pm, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with assistance from Frank Vogel and the Northwestern College Music Department. They will be joined by orchestra students from Unity and Orange City Christian schools in two pieces.
Tickets are available at Dove Christian Bookstore, the Northwestern Music Department and Orange City Arts Council, at $8 for adults and $5 for students. At the door, tickets are $10 and $7.
Traci and Spencer Hoveskeland, of Seattle, began touring in 1996 and by ’98 were part of a group representing the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a fundraising tour aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 from England to New York. The duo has enjoyed performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and many other concert halls across the U.S.
Both began their instruments as children, and studied music at Western Washington University with Walter Gray of Kronos string quartet and Barton Frank, a former principal cellist of the National Symphony. Traci has performed as principal cellist for Broadway musicals at the Paramount and 5th Avenue theatres in Seattle, provided music for Tony Curtis, Richard Chamberlain and Patty Lapone, and has performed across the United States, Europe and Mexico.
Spencer has performed for numerous Broadway shows, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cinderella” and “Chicago.” He was principal bass of the Whatcom Symphony for six years, played for the Bolshoi Ballet in Seattle, and appears as a session musician on the soundtracks of “About Schmidt,” “Woolly Boys” and “Man on Fire.”
Seattle Weekly describes the duo’s performance as “Elegant. Their simple, rich instrumentation gives them the freedom to explore the whole musical spectrum.”
In addition to the concert, the duo will conduct workshops and assemblies at Unity, OCCS, and MOC-Floyd Valley High April 9 and 10.
For more information, contact the Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
Another link: Walk Like an Egyptian! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyILYcFmKlw
See photos of Bottom Line Duo in Orange City at facebook.com/ocArts