FamilieTid: The OK Factor Concert with Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan
Gather the family for a fun-filled hour of music with The OK Factor! During this lively online concert geared for all ages, Olivia and Karla share music they learned on their travels in Scandinavia during the summer of 2021. With new arrangements of beloved folk melodies, The OK Factor sets toes tapping and inspires musicians of every age!
Playful and unexpected, new-classical crossover duo The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by multiple genres, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience outside of what audiences anticipate from a cello and violin combo.
Organic and genuine, their original compositions feel both comfortingly familiar and uniquely fresh, and have been described as “genre-bending” (Julie Amacher, MPR) and “pure magic” (Wausau Pilot & Review). The ease with which they write and perform and their passion for educational outreach have caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work, bringing them success on stages such as The Cedar Cultural Center, as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio, and as finalists for the McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018. Olivia and Karla invite audiences to explore music and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives.
Support for Vesterheim’s FamilieTid programs is provided by the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
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