A Passport to Transylvania

Tuesday, October 21st at 5:30pm
Studio A

Reservations are now being accepted for A Passport to Transylvania, which will take place at TFAC on Tuesday, October 21, at 5:30.  

The event, which precedes the screening of “Young Frankenstein” provides a private viewing of the laboratories of Dr. Frankenstein as well as an opportunity to sample the succulent delights of Transylvanian cuisine and libations.


Please contact us to reserve your place for this once-in-a-lifetime event.  Admission is $20 per person, which includes a ticket to the movie.  Appropriate dress is  suggested.

“A Passport to Transylvania” will allow visitors to explore Dr. Frankenstein’s castle laboratory and enjoy a variety of Transylvanian delicacies and libations.  Reservations for this event can be made by calling 828-859-8322.  

Blue Ridge Rounders

Sunday, October 19th at 3:00pm
Peterson Amphitheater

​Blue Ridge Rounders performing in the peterson amphitheater, Sunday October 19th at 3:00 PM

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door.

Chase Away the Blues

Saturday, March 7th at 7:00pm

​4th annual Chase Away the Blues benefit for Tryon Fine Arts Center

March 7th, 2015

Philip Dusenbury Exhibit

Friday, October 17th at 5:00pm through Saturday
November 29, 7:00pm
Gallery I

October 17-November 29

Opening Reception - Friday, October: 17 5-7.

Walk  & Talk - Thursday, October 23:  2:00 PM

“Do It Yourself” Messiah

Thursday, December 4th at 7:30pm
Veh Stage

​Join conductor Mark Schweizer, pianist Elizabeth Child, a string quartet, and soloists for the “Do It Yourself” Messiah

The Joy of Bernadette

Thursday, November 13th at 8:00pm through Sunday
November 16, 3:00pm
Veh Stage

The Joy of Bernadette is a musical for everyone about the victory of the human spirit over a lifetime of hardship and injustice in the midst of extraordinary events.  It relates the true story of a 14-year old girl named Bernadette Soubirous; who in 1858 saw an apparition in a grotto near Lourdes, France.  The Apparition (whom Bernadette called ‘Her Lady’) appeared to Bernadette eighteen times.  One of these visits led to the discovery of a pure spring which has become known worldwide for its purported healing powers and miracles.

Bernadette was a young, uneducated girl who saw 18 apparitions of the “Lady” at a grotto in a small town in France. One of these visits led to the discovery of a miraculous spring that has become known worldwide for its healing power and is still visited by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. 

Writer and composer, Sonja Karlsen is a recipient of many distinguished awards including the Corbett Foundation and Martha Baird Rockefeller grants, among many others. Her children’s theatre company, the Enchanted Forest Opera, was on the roster of the NY Foundation for the Arts for many years as Artists-in-Residence for the state of New York. Sonja Karlsen says this about her show: “So much that is being foisted on the Public as entertainment is low, demeaning, and degrading. We become less than we are. It is said that everyone who goes to Lourdes is somehow touched by the experience. When the final ‘Alleluia and Amen’ has been sung, and the performance is over, people can leave the theater feeling joy-filled, blessed, and spiritually enriched.” Sonja is hopeful to see this musical on Broadway!

The work speaks to all ages and is wholesome and inspiring. You will leave the theater feeling blessed for having been there… at the Grotto

A reading of Act One of The Joy of Bernadette has been done in New York City and Florida.  However, this will be the first time a formal theater performance of the full musical will be performed. With a mix of over 60 international and local performers and crew, this is a major production!

Film Series “Blazing Saddles”

Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00pm
Veh Stage

Classic Comedy Series

​TFAC Auditorium 

Doors open at 6:30 pm

$6 at the door

Bradley Ditto

Thursday, October 30th at 7:00pm
Peterson Amphitheater

          The Tryon Fine Arts Center Proudly Presents Clean Records Recording Artist Bradley Ditto

Live in Concert - Thursday October 30 2014 @ 7pm > Bradley Ditto solo concert (acoustic guitars/piano)

Be there Oct 30, 2014 at Tryon Fine Arts Center Amphitheater and hear the songs of Bradley Ditto live! The song artist recorded and produced by the same producers that brought you artists: Neil Young, Ian and Silvia, Janis Joplin, Nils Lofgren, Spirit, CS&N, Kenny Loggins, Iggy Pop, Barbra Streisand, Janes Addiction, Hall and Oats, Alice Cooper and Toto.

Hear Bradley Ditto Oct 30 and surprise special guests, for a melodic and lyrical ride to remember in the outside amphitheater under the stars and amongst the foliage of an Oct 30, autumn night sky 2014 at 7pm. 

See artist Bradley Ditto and hear what producers Elliot Mazer, David Briggs, Tim Mulligan, Patrick von Weigandt, Steve Gursky, David Gibson and B. L. Henrickson,   have ALL heard and put on disc!  

Bradley Ditto and an evening of over thirty years of songs with new tunes as well Oct 30, be there!

Tickets > FREE < Donations appreciated at the door.

Pan Harmonia

Thursday, October 16th at 7:00pm
Veh Stage

Kate Steinbeck, flute • Fred Lemmons, clarinet • Amy Brucksch, guitar

Music of Argentine composer AlbertoGinestera plus jazz-infused music of Dana Wilson and Mark Houghton with Baroque beat of Georg Friedrich Handel thrown in for good measure!

Due to chilly weather, concert has been moved indoors to Veh Stage.

Letters to Abigail

Sunday, September 21st at 3:00pm

​Sunday, September 21st, 3pm in the amphitheater. Donations accepted.


Friday, February 27th at 6:00pm
Veh Stage

​This duo explores the musical connections between the sounds of vibrating strings and the human voice. The interaction between these instruments aims to engage audiences with music new and old, both specific to its instrumentation and inventively re-purposed, whether drawn from afar or composed close to home. Ms. Pohl, noted for her “sparkling voice” and “exuberant performances” (Opera News) has sung all over the world and Mr. MacRae, praised for his “rich sound and lyrical phrasing” (Palm Beach Daily News) has likewise toured the world and is on the faculty at Princeton and the Brevard Music Center.

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The Mountain Chamber Players

Friday, October 24th at 6:00pm
Veh Stage

“Magical music, magical music,,, the Mountain Chamber Players are sure to wear well in any venue, but the chance to hear them in an intimate setting should never be passed up,” reported the Tryon Daily Bulletin.

The four musicians, all faculty at Brevard College, bring flute/piccolo, clarinet, percussion, and piano together to present engaging compositions, both new and old, “displaying a wide variety of colors and musical expression… They are meticulous and exuberant… with their generous musical spirits, imaginative and entertaining programming and polished professionalism” (E.Ewazen, Julliard School of Music). Rita Hayes, Jason DeCristofaro, Brian Hemanson, and Katherine Palmer are not to be missed!

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Brentano String Quartet

Thursday, March 19th at 7:59pm through Thursday
March 26, 7:59pm
Veh Stage

Concert on Thursday, March 26th, 2015, at  8PM

Preceded by the Film Screening: “A Late Quartet” on Thursday, March 19th 2015, at 8 PM

​This vibrant quartet, comprised of Princeton Universe music faculty, was founded in 1992 and named after Mme. Antonie Brentano, believed to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved.” Its four members, graduates of the Julliard School, have performed all over the world, including a 2013 appearance at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Ft. Worth, TX, where they were invited to play a piano quintet by Brahms, Dvorak, Franck, or Schumann with each of the competition’s 12 finalists. 

In 2012 the Brentano String Quartet’s chamber music was featured in the score of the film A Late Quartet, starring renowned actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener. While the score includes works by numerous composers, particular emphasis is on Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. 

The presentation of the Brentano String Quartet is, in fact, a “double header” for TCA subscribers in that both a screening of A Late Quartet and a live concert by the group are offered as one event with a week’s intermission between the two parts. 

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The King’s Singers

Monday, December 15th at 8:00pm
Veh Stage

Part of the 60th Concert Season Anniversary of the Tryon Concert Association, The Kings’s Singers perform on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 8 pm​

“Rejoice and Be Merry!” is the name of the Christmas concert the King’s Singers recorded with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2008. It became one more glorious presentation by this acclaimed a cappella ensemble that has been enchanting audiences since 1968. Originally formed by six choral scholars at King’s College in Cambridge, England, the carefully changing group now presents some 125 concerts each year in Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. Recent appearances in the U.K. include the Royal Albert Hall Proms and The Three Choirs and City of London Festivals.

The King’s Singers’ diverse musical offerings both educate and entertain their audiences. Carefully produced repertoires may include timeless madrigals and folk songs, close harmony arrangements of contemporary “pop’ artists, and American spirituals and sacred works from various faiths. In 2013 their recordings, Great American Songbook, received widespread acclaim.

In addition to recording and performing, the Singers are committed to choral education, holding a residency at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Lubeck, Germany, every two years and presenting annual workshops and master classes.     

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Gabriela Montero

Tuesday, September 30th at 8:00pm
Veh Stage

Starting off the 60th anniversary of the Tryon Concert Association, pianist Gabriela Montero performs on ​Tuesday, September 30th at 8 pm 

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero began playing piano as an infant. Indeed, at the age of 15 months, before she could speak, Montero was able to “pick out” her countrys national anthem on a toy piano. Formal training followed quickly, and she gave her first public performance at the age of 5. When Gabriela turned 8 her concerto debut at the National Theatre of Caracas, performing the complete Hayden D Major Piano Concerto, resulted in a scholarship to study in the U.S. and, eventually, at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Her continuing story includes acclaimed concerts with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, and engagements at the the Edinburgh and Bergen Festivals, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, to name a few. On Jan. 20, 2009, Montero’s prerecorded “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams, played with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony McGill, was presented at the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Ms. Montero’s recordings of classics by Rachmaninov, Chopin, and Liszt, as well as her award winning improvisations, continue to garner awards from various sources. She fully delights her audiences however they hear her. 

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New York Voices

Friday, April 10th at 8:00pm
Veh Stage

Grammy Award winning New York Voices has refined their musical story to a high art.  Known for their close knit harmonies, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend, their chameleon like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly between jazz, Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop. New York Voices has been amazing audiences with their elegant music with every show they perform for over 25 years. 

“a sumptuous collection of vocal harmonic heaven… the vocals are a Whitman’s Sampler of various flavors and tastes, richer than a dark chocolate bonbon. ~ About Jazz LA

Tryon Fine Arts Center Main Stage Series

Individual Tickets go onsale September 13th.

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Peter Yarrow

Thursday, March 12th at 8:00pm
Veh Stage

Sharing stories from his life in Greenwich Village in the 1960‘s, his connections to folk legends and his career as part of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary, singer/songwriter/activist Peter Yarrow weaves a musical narrative of cultural history of the last 5 decades with renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love.  Yarrow creates community within his audiences through his reflections in both words and music.

Yes—we will sing Puff The Magic Dragon.

Tryon Fine Arts Center Main Stage Series  Individual tickets on sale September 14

Concert Sponsored by WWE Real Estate


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Natalie Douglas

Friday, February 6th at 8:00pm
Veh Stage

Seven time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) award winner, Natalie Douglas began her musical career in her mother’s kitchen at the age of four and since then has grown up to receive rave reviews for her unique mix of jazz, blues, standards, pop, folk, and country music. She has appeared in notable venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, and the Kennedy Center, and throughout the US and Europe.

“five stars…a true force of nature.” - Clive Davis, London Times

Tryon Fine Arts Center Main Stage Season

Individual Tickets  on sale September 13


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Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Friday, November 7th at 8:00pm
Veh Stage

Celebrating their 30th anniversary season, Flamenco Vivo is one of the nation’s premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana upholds the purity and traditions of flamenco  while pushing  the boundaries of the art form in new directions. Innovative music, fiery cante jondo, exotic movements—-the artists’ power and passion electrifies and educates audiences throughout the nation.

Tryon Fine Arts Center Main Stage Series

Event Sponsor:  Kirby Endowment Fund at Polk County Community Foundation


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Jamie Laval’s Scottish Solstice

Monday, December 29th at 8:00pm
Veh Stage

Jamie Laval’s Scottish Solstice Holiday Celebration  captures the beauty and atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands during the holidays, weaving a tapestry of music, dance, and stories that hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas. An entertaining and thought-provoking family holiday experience.

Headlining the show is  nationally-acclaimed violinist and storyteller Jamie Laval. Joining Laval is an impressive lineup of top Celtic performers, including Asheville guitarist David Brown, bagpiper and bombarde (medieval oboe) player Rosalind Buda, renown piper Bill Caudill, lyric soprano Alexandria Carrico, U.S. National Scottish Harp Champion Kelly Brzowzski, plus three charming young dancers from the Atlanta Glencoe School of Highland Dance.

In 2002 Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship and has  performed for Her Majesty The Queen. Laval’s recent album Murmurs and Drones won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards.


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