TFAC Exhibits Encore Presentation

Friday, December 12th at 10:00am through Friday
January 16, 5:00pm
Gallery I

The Tryon Fine Arts Center will be staging an encore presentation of 2014’s major exhibits.  Included are “Old Ironsides and the War of 1812,” the Mills Mosseller Rug and Tapestry Studio, the Philip Dusenbury Retrospective and student art from the Arts in Education’s “Evening of Excellence” show.  The exhibit will run from December 12 through January 16, 2015.

“Old Ironsides and the War of 1812” features the history of the ship’s construction, its signature battles during the War of 1812 featuring Tom Freeman’s magnificent lithographs, and its legacy as the world’s oldest battleship afloat.  Tryon resident and highly decorated Navy veteran Commander Tyrone G. Martin was captain of the ship during its most critical restoration in the mid 1970s and welcomed Queen Elizabeth II aboard during the celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial.  Since his retirement, Martin has become a most accomplished Naval historian, publishing numerous books and articles, and is the leading authority on the ship’s amazing history.  He has served as a consultant to Time-Life Books, PBS television station WGBH in Boston, and consultant and presenter for the History Channel’s “Great Ships” series.

The Mosseller portion of the exhibit features the fascinating history of the Mills-Mosseller Rug Studio founded by Ron’s mother, Lillian Mills Mosseller, who moved with her children to New York in the 1930s where Ron’s adventure in the arts began.  An artist and artisan of exceptional talent, Mosseller studied at the Art Students’ League in New York.  He remains the country’s only formal tapestry and rug maker whose works are wrought entirely by hand.  His creations, “fine paintings in wool,” reminiscent of Aubusson and Savonnerie, are in scores of prominent American homes and are in the permanent collections of, among others, the Smithsonian Institution, the Virginia and North Carolina Governors’ Mansions, and the Williamsburg Inn at Colonial Williamsburg.  Mr. Mosseller also works in watercolor and pen & ink and his new book, “Funny Things Happen When I Look the Other Way,” is illustrated with a number of his whimsical pen & ink drawings.  Beloved for his marvelous humor, his work with the Friendship Council, and his numerous roles on stage, he remains a resident of Tryon.

Born in Tryon, Philip Dusenbury became an accomplished artist whose work can be found in galleries and private collections throughout the country.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1968 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dusenbury began his career as a painter, but soon developed a love for sculpture and built his reputation in that medium.  At his studio in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he created figurative sculpture using the primary materials of papier-mache, plaster cloth and epoxy.  His creations were sometimes whimsical, sometimes solemn, but always thoughtful and distinctive, reflecting a serious artist with a realistic and compassionate understanding of human nature.  Over his career, Dusenbury’s work has been purchased by everyone from distinguished Hollywood director Wes Craven, to fitness guru Richard Simmons to Chicago Blackhawks owner William Wirtz.  He also performed numerous commissions for leading corporations and organizations such as the Bank of America, Liberty Life, Sweet ‘N Low Corporation, and the Philadelphia Visitors Center.

Swedish Guitarist Celia Linde

Monday, May 4th at 7:00pm

Swedish guitarist Celia Linde performs in the TFAC Amphitheater on May 4th at 7PM

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


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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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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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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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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