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The internationally-acclaimed Norwegian brass ensemble tenThing will make their Kimmel Center debut with a singular program that combines original works for brass and organ. Coupled with impeccable tone, technique, and versatility, this 10 member all-female group, alongside organist Jeffrey Brillhart, will perform non-traditional works and original transcriptions that feature Verizon Hall’s magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.
tenThing: Rewriting centuries’ worth of rules in brass repertoire seems a revolutionary undertaking, but tenThing’s boundless and boisterous stylistic explorations have transformed them into an international sensation. This ensemble embraces the unparalleled warmth, tenderness, and playfulness of the classical sound—lithe and nimble, lively and lovely. Through its adventurous adaptability, tenThing illustrates the importance of discovering your voice in whatever instrument may call to you!
Jeffrey Brillhart: Brillhart has performed throughout the United States, South America, South Africa, and Europe as conductor and organist known for his musical versatility. He was awarded the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation, and the Elaine Brown Prize for Choral Excellence by the ACDA-PA. Jeffery is director of music and fine arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, music director of Philadelphia’s acclaimed Singing City Choir, and author of his textbook, Breaking Free: Finding a Personal Language for Organ Improvisation through 20th century French Improvisation Techniques. His upcoming engagements include a solo improvised concert in NYC in February 2017, a Kimmel Center Presents” performance in March 2017, and working his latest book, A World of Possibilities: Master Lessons in Improvisation.
Post-Intermission Chatback with Michael Barone, Jeffrey Brillhart, and Tine Thing Helseth
This expert-led conversation will explore the history of music for brass and organ, and give the audience a chance to get a closer look into the artists’ musical careers.
Michael Barone is host/producer of American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program PIPEDREAMS, enjoyed globally by hundreds of thousands of listeners online at www.pipedreams.org & www.yourclassical.org/pipedreams and on more than 120 radio stations throughout the USA. A native of Kingston, Pennsylvania, he studied organ and earned a degree in Music History at the Oberlin Conservatory and has been employed by Minnesota Public Radio since 1968, for the first twenty-five years as the network’s Music Director. Barone is a past President of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) and the co-founder of the Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud. He received the President's Award from the American Guild of Organists in 1996, the OHS Distinguished Service Award in 1997, and the Deems Taylor Broadcast Award for Excellence from ASCAP/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2001. He has served as consultant during design and construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ in Los Angeles and is an acting advisor on organ programming for the Kimmel Center/Verizon Hall in Philadelphia.
Organ performances are made possible through the Wyncote Foundation.
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