Frequently Asked Questions About Concert Attendance
What is classical music?
The term “classical” music can have two meanings. Used with a capital “C,” it refers to the historical period generally considered to be from around 1750 to 1830, between the Baroque and Romantic periods. Used with a lower case “c,” it refers to the entire canon of Western art music including contemporary composers.
I don’t know anything about classical music. Will I be welcome?
You will certainly be welcome, and what better way to learn about music. When you arrive, you will receive a program which will have extensive notes about the performers and the selections they have chosen.
May I buy a ticket for just one performance?
TCA sells for the entire season, hence tickets for individual concerts are rarely available. But if you especially want to attend one program, we encourage you to call. You might get lucky.”
What if I cannot attend all the concerts?
Unfortunately that occasionally happens. TCA suggests that you find someone who can use your extra ticket or take it to TFAC with the idea that another lucky person might enjoy the experience of the concert.
How long will the concert be?
The programs are almost always divided into two parts divided by a 15 minute intermission. The entire concert, including the intermission, usually lasts from two to two and a half hours.
What concert behavior should I know about?
The audience members will be expecting an impressive evening of music which they will want to hear in utmost silence. Therefore, you need to be as quiet as possible. Humming, tapping, whispering, turning pages – normal daily activity – is out of place at a concert. Also, strong scents should be avoided as they can be unpleasant for concertgoers as well as the musicians. It goes without saying that cell phones must be silenced.
What should I wear?
TCA believes that concern about attire should never keep anyone away from a performance. The majority of concertgoers wear business or business casual. The most important thing to consider is that these should be evenings of listening pleasure.
Are children welcome?
TCA loves to see children at the concerts. They are the audiences of tomorrow. We recommend that they attend with an adult and that they be able to sit quietly and attentively throughout the program.
Am I allowed to take photos or record parts of the concert?
Taking photos is discouraged as it creates a distraction for members of the audience; no recordings are allowed.
Do I need to arrive early?
If you can arrive about thirty minutes early, you will have time to greet your friends, get good seats, and read over the program notes before the musicians begin to play.
What if I arrive late?
If you should arrive late, a greeter will tell you when to enter the auditorium and will help you find a seat.
When do I applaud?
The accepted tradition is to applaud at the end of a piece unless the performance is of such extraordinary excellence that an immediate response seems necessary. If you are in doubt, the safest practice is to watch those around you and clap when they do.
Where do you find these musicians and why do they come to Tryon? We aren’t very big.
First, Tryon Concert Association is blessed to have long-term associations with agents representing the finest chamber music artists in the United States. Second, Tryon is strategically located among major cities in the Southeast, which means that we are often “on the way” when artists are putting together concert tours, thus we offer them another stop, another concert to help fill out their tour.
Also, TCA has acquired a reputation within the music community for its savvy, appreciative audiences. Visiting artists enjoy staying in Tryon and appreciate TFAC’s intimate concert venue. This helps immeasurably. The musicians themselves have helped spread the word that “Tryon is a good place to perform”; therefore, invitations to come here tend to be met with enthusiam. The program committee works year-round to keep track of who is touring in the Southeast in an effort to book the finest artists available.