November 23, 2022

tenThing Brass Ensemble Make Princeton Debut

BRASS AMONG FRIENDS: The all-female tenThing Brass Ensemble from Norway performs an eclectic concert at Richardson Auditorium on December 13 at 6 and 9 p.m. (Photo by Anna-Julia Granberg)

The all-female, 10-member tenThing Brass Ensemble, formed as a fun collaboration between friends, spearheaded by celebrated trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, makes their Princeton University Concerts (PUC) debut Tuesday, December 13, at 6 and 9 p.m.

The hour-long holiday program 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 new arrangements.

As part of PUC’s Performances Up Close series, which brings audiences onstage alongside the musicians at Richardson Auditorium, the musicians will be stationed throughout the concert hall creating a 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 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 are $10-$40. Visit or call (609) 258-9220.

Directly prior to the 9 p.m. concert, PUC also invites attendees to connect over a shared love of music in an inaugural Speed Dating event at 7 p.m., 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. For more information, visit