World-renowned trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann will join the MTSU Wind Ensemble for a special concert on Thursday, April 18, in the Hinton Music Hall inside the university’s Wright Music Building.
The free performance is set for 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
“I and many others consider Lindemann to be the world’s greatest trumpet soloist,” said Dr. Michael Arndt, professor of trumpet at MTSU. “I first heard him with the Canadian Brass years ago, and, needless to say, it was awe-inspiring playing. Then I got to hear him at the 2003 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The first solo notes out of his trumpet are as beautiful as anything I had ever heard.
“Technically, his playing is some of the most striking in the world. As musicians, we strive to communicate through our instruments. He accomplishes this with the ease of laughing. His performances are bigger than life and leave everyone inspired. My words may seem over the top, but it is hard to find words that describe his ability on the trumpet and his captivating personality and musicality.”
Lindemann, a former member of the Canadian Brass who has recorded with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and presented a solo Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II, has performed as a soloist and recording artist with classical stars such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Angel Romero, Doc Severinsen, Charles Dutoit, Gerard Schwarz, Eiji Oue and Bramwell Tovey.
At his April 18 performance at MTSU, Lindemann will be featured on a composition called “Apophenia” by Peter Meechan, whom MTSU Wind Ensemble conductor Reed Thomas called “one of the most prominent British composers today.”
“’Apophenia’ is a whirlwind trumpet solo piece written for Jens Lindemann and his extraordinary versatility on the trumpet,” Thomas added.
The MTSU Wind Ensemble also will perform “Sparkle” by Shafer Mahoney, “Funeral March” by Edvard Grieg and “West Point Symphony” by Morton Gould, as well as Meechan’s “Epitaph (for Hillsborough).”
“Epitaph was written as a tribute to the 96 innocent citizens who were killed at a regional soccer match in England,” explained Thomas, referring to the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium incident in Sheffield that also injured 766 people and has been called one of the world’s worst football disasters.
“All of the victims were supporters of the Liverpool Club, and this piece uses events both during and after the tragedy as inspiration and homage.”
In addition to his performance with the MTSU Wind Ensemble, Lindemann also will present a free public master class on Tuesday, April 16. The time for the master class is still being finalized.
You can learn more about Lindemann at his website, www.trumpetsolo.com.