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Classical 101

Norwegian Trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth To Perform With ProMusica

Kyrre Lien
Tine Thing Helseth

As I was digging for information about the upcoming ProMusica Chamber Orchestra performances featuring Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, I was struck by an old bit of "conventional wisdom" that many a music teacher has tried to change.

Boys play trumpet; girls play flute.

Tine Thing Helseth and Alison Balsom are not the first female trumpeters by any stretch of the imagination. They are, however, the most prominent ones in the eye of the general public.

All you have to do is a search of women trumpet players to uncover a huge list of fabulous musicians. Over the last decade, Helseth has done her part to dispel that myth by embarking on regular tours with her 10-piece, all-female brass ensemble tenThing.

She began the project in 2007 for the opportunity to perform with some of her musical friends. After a number of European tours, the ensemble traveled to Paris and the United States, with performances at Wolf Trap, New York and Philadelphia, to name a few.


This weekend, Helseth brings her trumpet to Columbus for two performances with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Worthington United Methodist Church and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Southern Theatre.

Helseth performs a favorite, Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, along with Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra by Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Here's a little sneak preview of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto.