2011-2012 Concert Season at the Tryon Fine Arts Center

Tryon Concert Association: Bringing World-Class Music Home

About the Tryon Concert Association
Bringing World Class Music Home

Welcome | Mission | Organzation | Board
Get Involved | A 501(c)(3) Organization
History | Series Subscriptions | Concert Venue
Directions | Educational Outreach

Welcome to the Tryon Concert Association

We take pride in presenting an annual series of four concerts bringing world-class musicians to the Tryon community at the intimate 340-seat Tryon Fine Arts Center, Inc. theater.

The Tryon Concert Association has focused on its mission of bringing world-class artists to Tryon for 59 consecutive years, typically presenting a series of four concerts from the fall through spring. The quality of artists presented rivals what can be found in major metropolitan markets. The Tryon Concert Association is committed to nurturing appreciation of and involvement in classical music. Students from area schools are invited as guests of The Tryon Concert Association to each performance and are given recognition at the beginning of the concert: “The students of today are the audience of tomorrow.”

Mission

The purpose of The Tryon Concert Association is to present an annual series of concerts providing the community with a variety of classical and other quality music with cultural and educational value.

Organization

The Tryon Concert Association is an all-volunteer organization of individuals who are committed to enriching the Tryon community by bringing a world-class series of concerts to the area. The ensemble of committed board members provides the stability, talent and enthusiasm that bring the ingredients for exhilarating and memorable concerts together at affordable prices.

TCA Board of Directors

  • Carole Bartol
  • Lucy Brannon
  • Peter Hawes
  • Susan Kelley
  • Randy Grobe
  • Susie Mahnke
  • Holly McKee
  • Mark Schweizer
  • Gwen Suesse
  • Dean Trakas
  • Mimi Child Traxler
  • Joella Utley
  • Jean Wright
  • Dorothy Wyckoff
  • Priscilla Yeager

Get Involved!

There are opportunities to be involved in The Tryon Concert Association’s work though participation in operating committees, including Hospitality & Receptions, Stage Design, Youth Outreach, Publicity, Programming and Finance. If you are interested in exploring more active involvement, please contact us.

A 501(c)(3) Organization

The generous support of our donors make it possible for us to bring world-class artists to Tryon at prices that are accessible to the community. Series subscription ticket sales cover just over half TCA operating costs. In the 2011-2012 series year, over 60% of TCA subscribing families made donations beyond the ticket price, contributing $0.70 for every dollar of ticket sales. A strong track record of performance and audience support!

Subscribers who provide additional tax-deductible contributions greatly help us continue to present quality concerts. TCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax deductible. We appreciate your generous support.

History

“Tryon is too small for such an ambitious idea!” said a local citizen in 1954 when David Cromer, Superintendent of Polk County Schools, invited five people to discuss organizing a concert series. The founding members of this “ambitious” association were The Reverend Joseph Wagner, John G. Landrum, Jr., Genevieve Washburn, Rosetta French, and The Reverend Orville White. All shared Cromer’s deep interest in music and were willing to work hard to bring the best to their “too small” town.

The first concert, in January 1955, was a recital by Robert McFerrin, baritone. Shortly after TCA had engaged him, he became the first African-American to be signed by the Metropolitan Opera Company. Lists or performers brought to Tryon by the Tryon Concert Association are an impressive confirmation ambitious ideas can bring exhilarating realities.

Series Subscriptions

Tickets for TCA concerts are available only by series subscription, at $75 for the four concert series. Student (under 18 years old) series subscriptions are $25. A limited number of tickets for individual performances may be available at the door for out of town guests of series subscribers. Click below to become a subscriber!

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Concert Venue

The Tryon Concert Association series is presented at The Tryon Fine Arts Center, Inc theater at 34 Melrose Avenue in Tryon, North Carolina. The 340 seat TFAC theater provides an intimate concert setting. There is open seating for all performances. We offer reserved seating to donors in the Benefactor category.

Directions to Tryon Fine Arts Center, Inc.

From Hendersonville, Asheville and points to the north of Tryon NC

  1. Interstate 26, Exit 67 (Columbus, North Carolina). Turn right onto Hwy 108. Head towards Tryon approximately 6.5 miles.
  2. Hwy 108 joins Hwy 176 at traffic light (Texaco at corner). Count this as first traffic light and continue on Hwy 176 east until you reach fourth traffic light. (Big wooden horse across and right of intersection.)
  3. At fourth traffic light turn right onto Pacolet Street, up over railroad tracks, then make second left onto Chestnut Street (before the Bank of America Building). Drive to top of hill and turn right onto Melrose Avenue.
  4. TFAC is the second building on the right. (34 Melrose Ave.)

From Spartanburg, Greenville and points to the south of Tryon NC

  1. Interstate 26, Exit 1 (Landrum, South Carolina).
  2. Turn left on Hwy 14. Head towards Landrum approximately 2 miles.
  3. When you reach the town of Landrum proper, turn right at 2nd traffic light.
  4. (It's just after you cross the railroad tracks.)
  5. You are now on Hwy 176 west heading toward Tryon, NC. Using landmarks, look for the Tryon IGA on the left, at approximately 3.5 miles.
  6. Approximately 500 yards further up the road turn left onto McCown Street. (Just before the railroad line crosses Hwy 176.)
  7. Drive to the end of McCown Street, (big wooden horse on right of intersection) and turn left onto Pacolet Street, then turn left onto Chestnut Street (before the Bank of America Building).
  8. Drive to top of the hill and turn right onto Melrose Avenue.
  9. TFAC is the second building on the right. (34 Melrose Ave.)

Educational Outreach

The Tryon Concert Association is committed to nurturing appreciation of and involvement in classical music. Students from area schools are invited as guests of The Tryon Concert Association to each performance and are given recognition at the beginning of the concert: “The students of today are the audience of tomorrow.” Additionally, student (under 18 years old) series subscriptions are available for only $25.


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