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The Bottom Line Duo makes its Langley debut Friday night

Bottom Line Duo plays Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley on Friday. - Photo courtesy of WICA
Bottom Line Duo plays Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley on Friday.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of WICA

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley is proud to present The Bottom Line Duo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6.

The Bottom Line Duo, featuring Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland, is one of three internationally touring bass and cello duos in history. As 21st century artists who are not terribly distant from their youth, they are providing a much-needed shot in the arm to classical music!

Through strict discipline combined with a stage presence of joy and humor, the duo presents an evening of music from the Baroque period to today. A sub plot of their romance as well as their competitiveness permeates the program along with bizarre musicological references, a hilarious ukulele piece, and a final battle over the "Flight of the Bumblebee."

The Bottom Line Duo received its name in 1992 when presented in concert by the Ladies Music Club of Bellingham. The presenters took the liberty of posting a sign with the name. It stuck. The Bottom Line is a unique ensemble of bass and cello deriving its literature through adaptations of famous works, new works, and existing works. The performance is presented in a chamber music fashion with anecdotes, virtuosity and refined comedy. The duo began touring in 1996 and by 1998 was part of a group representing the Los Angeles Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic specifically, on a fundraising tour aboard the QE II from South Hampton, England to New York. The duo has enjoyed performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and in many communities with equally great halls and audiences.

Ticket prices range from $12 to $15 and are available at or by calling 221-8268 or 800-638-7631.





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