TCA announces 2011 – 12 season

Published 9:36 am Monday, August 22, 2011

The Takacs String Quartet

The Tryon Concert Association (TCA) has announced the performers who will help the organization celebrate its 57th season. Concerts are given at the Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC), 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon.
Nicholas Phan
American tenor Nicholas Phan will open the season on Friday, Oct. 7. Phan has appeared with leading orchestras across the United States as well as abroad. An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has also collaborated with numerous well-known pianists. Phan has performed leading roles with major opera companies in Europe, as well as in the United States. His recordings have received Grammy nominations.
Takacs Quartet
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Takacs String Quartet will return to TFAC. The group’s last TCA appearance in March 2010 consisted of a trio because of the illness of violinist, Karoly Schranz. Now the full group of four, winners of the 2011 award for chamber music and song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, returns by popular request.
Takacs is noted worldwide for its music, which blends drama, warmth and humor into the realm of classical chamber music. The group has earned numerous Grammy nominations and prizes.
Stefan Jackiw and Joyce Yang
Violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Joyce Yang will perform on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.
Jackiw, who began playing the violin at age four, garners many superlatives:
• “One of those ridiculously talented prodigies,” (Kansas City Star);
• “Talent that’s off the scale,” (Washington Post);
• “A 14-year-old violinist took the London music world by storm.” (London Times).
Jackiw has performed as a soloist across the globe, worked with renowned chamber groups and in concert with noted pianists and conductors.
Yang, born in Seoul, South Korea, began piano lessons at age 4 and earned numerous awards in her country. She came to the United States in 1997 and studied in the Juilliard pre-college division while attending high school.
In 2005, as the youngest participant in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Yang won the silver medal as well as awards for best performance of chamber music and best performance of a new work.
I Musici de Montreal
I Musici de Montreal, founded in 1983 in Montreal, is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians, which presents a vast repertoire extending from the baroque to the contemporary.
The group averages more than 100 concerts per season in some of the greatest music halls in this country and internationally. They have a wide recording history, having released more than 40 CDs on the Chandos and Analekta labels.
In 2001 “BBC Music Magazine” named I Musici de Montreal’s 40th CD as “CD of the Month” and in 2002 they received the Juno Award as “Best Classical Album of the Year.”
– article submitted by Joella Utley

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