HERMISTON - Bottom Line Duo, a husband and wife team, who enthralled local audiences a few years ago when they appeared in Hermiston, will return as part of the Hermiston Desert Arts Council performances.

Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland, who have been performing as the Bottom Line Duo since 1996, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Hermiston High School performing arts center.

Best described as light humor with serious music, Bottom Line explores the most intimate relationship in music, the duo.

Ray Jones, a member of the Desert Arts Council board, has seen the duo perform several times.

"The thing that I really, really like about them is they are so personable on stage. They involve the audience, they interact with the audience and they explain their music," Jones said. "They make it fun and they have a great stage presence and they bring the audience into the show."

The Hoveskelands' fresh approach and their strong traditional background as chamber musicians has allowed them to entertain audiences throughout Europe and North America.

Combining the warmth and depth of the double bass with the soaring melodic beauty of the cello, Bottom Line Duo tastefully and artfully presents a concert for all ages and musical backgrounds.

"Whether you're a classical musical lover or not, they branch beyond that," Jones said. "They have a broad range of music and have a great stage presence and they're just a great show to go to."

Fans have come to expect a concert program that is educational, masterful, warm-hearted, charming and entertaining. Their integrity and joy for the music is heard in every note, while their romance and humor is seen in every expression.

The Desert Arts Council has been bringing a broad range of performing arts to the Hermiston area for over twenty years, including classical, bluegrass, jazz, pop, theater and modern dance.

Desert Arts also makes an effort to bring arts into the schools and have contracted with Bottom Line Duo to do a series of workshops for students in the Hermiston School District.

In addition to Bottom Line Duo, the council will also present Rachel Price, one of the fastest rising stars in the resurgent jazz vocal genre, at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the high school.

Tickets for the concerts are $17.50 for adults and $7.50 for students and are available at the door or from the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce at 415 S. Highway 395 or by calling 567-6151.

The conclusion of the 2007-08 season will be an evening of dinner theater when the Vigilante Theatre Company performs.

The event will begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner, followed by the theater company performance on March 15 at the Hermiston Conference Center.

The dinner theater tickets, which costs $50 per person, typically sells out each year. It is recommended that tickets be purchased early by contacting the chamber.

For more information on the Bottom Line Duo go to www.bottomlineduo.com. For information on Rachel Price and Vigilante Theater Company go to www.desertartscouncil.com.


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