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Audiences are invited to sit on stage alongside the all-female performers

 in an immersive surround-sound event.


PRINCETON, NJ — The all-female, ten-member tenThing Brass Ensemble formed as a fun collaboration between friends, spearheaded by celebrated trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth—the first ever classical artist to win Newcomer of the Year at the Norwegian Grammy® Awards. The group makes their Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) debut Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM in a special, hour-long holiday program that explores the musical traditions of the winter season—from the fjords of Norway, 18th-century Germany, warm Italian Christmas and evergreen England, to the sounds of Ukrainian folk music, Czech fairy tales, and some contemporary American favorites in fantastic new arrangements.

As part of PUC’s innovative Performances Up Close series which brings audiences onstage alongside the musicians at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, the musicians will be stationed throughout the concert hall creating a unique surround-sound musical experience. This season’s Performances Up Close focus on “leading ladies”—a new generation of female musicians who are leading the charge as classical music performance takes new and exciting directions. Every detail of this concert —including seating configuration, a relaxed atmosphere, and audience interaction—is curated to foster as direct an experience of the music as possible.

Tickets ($40 General/$10 Students) are limited; patrons are encouraged to buy them soon at puc.princeton.edu or by calling 609-258-9220. The 6:00PM performance is sold out; tickets remain for the 9:00PM performance.


Directly prior to the 9:00 PM concert, Princeton University Concerts also invites attendees to connect over a shared love of music in an inaugural Speed Dating event at 7PM—the first of its kind within the music industry. This event is part of the Do-Re-Meet program, a new series of social events for music lovers that later in the season will also include a Find Your Friends speed friending session and an LGBTQ+ Single Mingle facilitated by The Singles Group. All upcoming Do-Re-Meet events will be held at the historic Maclean House on Princeton’s campus, just steps from Richardson Auditorium, and will include facilitated social activities with catered hors d’oeuvres. Tickets to this and other Do-Re-Meet evenings include the full experience—both the social event and the concert— for $50/General and $20/Students. Visit puc.princeton.edu/do-re-meet/ or call 609-258-2800 for tickets and more information about Do-Re-Meet.


tenThing Brass Ensemble

Formed in 2007 by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth as a fun and exciting collaboration between musical friends, the ten-piece, all-female brass ensemble tenThing has firmly established itself on the international scene to great acclaim. tenThing is celebrated for its commitment to outreach and access to music through a diverse repertoire that spans from Mozart to Kurt Weill, Edvard Grieg to Leonard Bernstein, and Jean-Baptiste Lully to Béla Bartok. The group works closely with Norwegian guitarist and arranger Jarle Storløkken, enabling it to play pieces of differing instrumentations. tenThing first established itself in performances all over their native Norway, eventually delighting a huge national audience by opening the 2011 Norwegian Grammy Awards. Soon after, the group came to international prominence at the BBC Proms in a performance at London’s Cadogan Hall. Elsewhere in Europe, they have performed at a wide range of prestigious festivals and concert halls. In Spring 2017, the ensemble embarked on its American debut tour, which included concerts in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and at the renowned Wolftrap Festival. tenThing also made its Paris debut at the St. Denis Festival in May 2017.


Since the beginning of her career, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has championed the trumpet repertoire amongst audiences on all six continents, meriting the highest critical praise for her soulful, lyrical sound and collaborative approach to music-making. An artist who challenges the boundaries of genre with an intensely creative, open-minded philosophy, Tine’s ever-expanding repertoire ranges from the classical period to contemporary works and new commissions. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work in classical music, including “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards, the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, to which Tine returned to serve as juror for the 2016 competition. In 2007, Tine had the rare honor of being the first ever classical artist to win Newcomer of the Year at the Norwegian Grammy® Awards.





Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM


Holidays in Norway: folk and holiday songs from Norway, 18th century Germany, Italy, England, Ukraine and the Czech Republic alongside contemporary American favorites in new arrangements  


Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University


Concert only: $40 General/$10 Students. Tickets are available online at puc.princeton.edu, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.

Do-Re-Meet experience (speed dating event at the Maclean House followed by the 9:00 PM concert): $50 General/$20 Students. Tickets are available online at puc.princeton.edu/do-re-meet/ or by phone at 609-258-2800.

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