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Tryon Concert Association presents Trio Tapestry

The Tryon Concert Association presents Trio Tapestry for its second TGIF concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

The program will include works by Manuel De Falla, Pierre-Jean Porro, José Luis Merlin, Astor Piazzolla, and the contemporary Swedish composer Fredrik Holm, who has written compositions specifically for Trio Tapestry.

Trio Tapestry, a string ensemble composed of three local musicians, is known for weaving the vibrant sounds of violin, cello, and classical guitar into “an enchanting musical fabric.” Drawing from sources as diverse as Gypsy jazz, contemporary, classical, and Spanish music, Trio Tapestry presents a blend of musical styles. Their music has been called “a delight to the ear and a respite for the mind.”

Violinist Joanna Mulfinger Lebo, a Greenville native, graduated from Bob Jones University and holds a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Having studied with the renowned Victor Danchenko, she was awarded the J. C. van Hulsteyn Prize for Outstanding Musical and Academic Contributions. Joanna also studied at The Juilliard School in New York and the Berlin Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.

She has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and Mexico, as well as the United States. Now returned to Greenville, she serves as the co-concertmaster of the Spartanburg Philharmonic and the principal second violin of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

Her violin, inherited from her mother, was made in 1653 by Nicolo Amati.

Sharon Mulfinger Gerber is a passionate cellist, soundscape artist, and mother to three daughters. She earned a degree in cello performance from Bob Jones University and a master’s diploma from the Berlin Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. She has studied, performed, and taught in a music festivals in France, England, Germany, Canada and the United States, and has won Young Artist and concerto competitions.

In addition to performing, Sharon is an accomplished writer, arranger, and soundscape artist. Her CDs feature her original compositions and arrangements for cello and piano, and she writes music for church, drama and films.

Her cello, inherited from her father and named “Murgatroid,” is 180 years old.

Amy Brucksch, classical guitarist, draws on the rich heritage of guitar music, exploring musical connections with Celtic fiddlers, Baroque harpsichordists, African percussionists, and western North Carolina’s first-ever melodica band, OneRoadOver.

She recorded her highly regarded CD Luminescence with flutist Kate Steinbeck and is a core member of Pan Harmonia, a chamber music collective based in Asheville.

She holds musical degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University.

A Tryon resident, she currently teaches classical guitar at the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and has a private studio at Wild Roots Fine Arts Center in Forest City.

Amy plays a guitar made for her by California luthier Gregory Byers.

A cash bar in the Tryon Fine Arts Center lobby opens at 5:30 p.m. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and lasts one hour.

TGIF tickets can be purchased online at tryonconcerts.org or at the TFAC box office.

– Submitted by Anne De Sutter