One of the world’s most renowned trumpeters will be performing in Columbus this weekend.
Brassfire, led by the globe-trotting trumpet player Jens Lindemann, will be kicking off this year’s Columbus Friends of Music concert series from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Nantkes Performing Arts Center, 2200 26th St.
"People are always looking for things to do and this is a real quality series to enjoy," said Mike Moser, president of the Columbus Friends of Music. "And I’m sure it’s not going to get rained out like Nebraska's opening game.”
Classically trained at the Juilliard School in New York and at McGill University in Montreal, Lindemann has performed in major concert venues all over the world. Although he’s performed in places like New York City, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo and on the Great Wall of China, he said that he really enjoys performing for smaller communities, such as the ones on his current tour.
“The beauty of doing these smaller places, because I’ve played all over the world in basically every major concert hall you can think of, and I don’t think I’ve ever met more appreciative audiences than I have in every city of the tour,” Lindemann said.
Lindemann was the first classical brass soloist in history to receive the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. In 1999, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album. He has performed with groups such as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and with Canadian Brass. He’s also performed solo, such as on one special occasion for the Queen of England.
Brassfire plays various musical styles from the past 300 years. From classical to Brooke, pop to jazz, Latin to contemporary, Lindemann and the band will be showcasing how trumpeting has evolved throughout the years as a tribute to the instrument. Lindemann said he'll be playing with four different horns of all different shapes, sizes and pitches to showcase his versatility while on stage in Columbus.
“We have been involved in every segment of society’s history for the last 3,000 years," Lindemann said about horn players. "And that’s a story worth telling. And as a result, the flavor of the show tries to do a basic overview of many of those styles and still make it accessible for everybody.”
Brassfire will also be hosting a master class for music students on Monday at Columbus High School. The group will conduct a miniature performance followed by a question and answer section. Lindemann said he hopes to inspire students to pursue music and to give them pointers and tips.
“The four of us who are in this group, we’re basically all band geeks. We all grew up in the band,” he said. “We want to remind them how much fun music is.”
Season tickets including all five concerts costs $50 for adults, $25 for students and $150 for a family pass. Tickets for a single concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.squareup.com/store/columbusfom.com.
“I know it will be interesting, and if people come, I know they won’t regret it,” Lindemann said. “And if for some reason they do, I will personally pay for their tickets.”
The next performer in the five-concert series will be the mixed a cappella group 7th Ave playing on Oct. 3.
Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at Eric.Schucht@lee.net.