Celebrated Norwegian Ensemble Makes West Coast Debut

Chamber Concert by tenThing Brass Ensemble – Sunday, March 19th at 2 p.m.

Grass Valley will host the only west coast performance of tenThing, the Norwegian all-female 10-piece brass ensemble, led by acclaimed trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. The March 19 show will be presented by InConcert Sierra as part of its Third Sunday Series. The group will also perform the following day in a special program for 500 third-graders from around Western Nevada County.

The concert in Grass Valley is part of tenThing’s first tour of the U.S. that includes stops in South Dakota, Minnesota, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana.

The ensemble will perform its signature arrangements of music by Bernstein, Bizet, Grieg, Piazzolla, Mozart and more, which the group recorded for their debut album Ten on Warner Classics. Works like Bizet’s “Suite from Carmen” or Bernstein’s “Medley from West Side Story,” or Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca,” were not originally scored for a 10-piece brass ensemble, so the ensemble works closely with Norwegian arranger Jarle Storløkken, whose arranging of the scores enables them to play the music they enjoy, regardless of the original instrumentation.

tenThing is the brainchild of trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, age 28, who started to play the trumpet at the age of 7, and is one of today’s leading trumpet soloists. Her awards include being named one of BBC Magazine’s “Superstars of Tomorrow,” Echo Klassik’s “Newcomer of the Year” 2013, the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2007 Norwegian Grammy Awards (the first classical artist ever to be nominated), and second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition.

The concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley. General admission tickets are $34 and available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees may apply), or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door on the day of the concert. There will be a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum, featuring Aileen James and Tine Thing Helseth.

For more information, please visit www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.

 

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