World-renowned trumpeter to join SPO for Valentine’s concert Saturday

LindemannThe Herald Journal by Dan Armonaitis

The last time world-renowned trumpeter Jens Lindemann performed as a guest soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Valentine’s Day pops concert ended in spectacular fashion.

During the grand finale performance of the jazz standard, “A Night in Tunisia,” Lindemann and Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble saxophonist/director Tom Wright engaged in a friendly, improvised duel that concluded with Lindemann playing “Taps” as he lay defeated on stage.

The concert three years ago was such a success that the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing Lindemann back for another Valentine’s pops concert, which will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at Converse College’s Twichell Auditorium.

“We’re bringing this concert back by popular demand,” said SPO music director/conductor Sarah Ioannides. “Everybody had such a good time that last time, and everybody was asking, ‘When can we have Jens back?’


“We’ve basically got a similar concert, but it’s not identical. There are lots of different numbers.”


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