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King of Kings to host world renowned tubist

King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury will host remowned tuba soloist Øystein Baadsvik in concert on Sunday, March 10. Image provided by Øystein Baadsvik

King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury, Minnesota, will host a concert with “the best tuba player in the world,” according to congregational member Brian Johnson. Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, he explained.

Baadsvik’s international engagements include performances with orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Victoria of Melbourne. Baadsvik has performed in some of the most famous venues in the world and in 2006 made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

Johnson, himself a tuba player, explains that “[h]is repertoire will range from ‘beat box’ and rock to Irish jig and pure classical. He is not aloof or stiff as some might assume of a classical player; he is great fun and interacts well with the crowd.”

Baadsvik will appear in concert with Minne-Brass, performing partner of Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at King of Kings, 1583 Radio Drive in Woodbury. General admission tickets are on sale for $10. For more information and ticket sales, contact the church office at 651/738-3110 or www.kingofkingswoodbury.org.

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