Grammy winners Tingstad & Rumbel at Mendelssohn

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Folk duo takes the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27

Show to be filled with anecdotal storytelling and delightful humor

Charlotte’s Web welcomes back perennial favorites Tingstad and Rumbel, who will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St.

Likened to a pair of Olympic figure skaters, these Grammy Award winners are artistically precise and musically expressive. Their comfort on stage with one another, their anecdotal storytelling, delightful humor and affinity with the audience engages everyone in an experience they live rather than a show they just see.

Eric Tingstad has a distinctive guitar technique that harkens from a Segovian tradition combined with his creative finger-style picking and acoustic amplification design. Nancy Rumbel is one of the few performers in the world on double ocarina, oboe and English horn. This is a rare and unique combination of instruments, a sound that is unusual and unexpected.

The music of Tingstad and Rumbel speaks to the heart and, for many, inspires nostalgic memories. It embraces relationships to the natural world, connections to various traditions and deep feelings of peace. Understated, yet powerful, the artists and the music encourage an appreciation for community and stewardship. The show is cosponsored by WNIJ-FM.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main St., 962-5458; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the Jan. 24-30, 2007, issue

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