Tryon Concerts presents its 2023-2024 season

Published 12:14 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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Tryon Concerts has prepared another stellar season of excellent chamber music. In addition to the four chamber music concerts presented at Tryon Fine Arts Center, there will be three organ recitals at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Tryon. Spanning the months of October through April, the 2023-2024 season offers a rich variety of world-class performances.

Cellist Johannes Moser and pianist Marc-André Hamelin, known to concertgoers from a 2021 performance in Tryon, will start off the season with works by Nadia Boulanger, Claude Debussy and César Franck. Both musicians are known throughout the world as extraordinary artists and are including Tryon in their extensive tour this season.

Arsentiy Kharitonov, a young Russian pianist who is considered the “newest addition to the top ranks” (The New York Observer) of musicians, will perform works by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Maurice Ravel, along with one of his own compositions. A brilliant soloist, Mr. Kharitonov promises an exciting program.

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The Elias String Quartet is also set to perform. Named after the Mendelssohn oratorio Elijah, the group was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. These young musicians, winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, studied and performed all of Beethoven’s string quartets, culminating in a cycle performed at Wigmore Hall in London and recorded live.

The inventor of the reed quintet genre, The Calefax Reed Quintet has expanded the repertoire of reed instrumentalists by arranging, recomposing and interpreting music written for other types of ensembles. From their home in the Netherlands to venues around the globe, Calefax has brought fresh and innovative music to audiences, and will now perform in Tryon. 

“Three Fridays of the King of Instruments” brings three renowned organists to Tryon’s Holy Cross Church’s extraordinary organ; Paul Jacobs, Martin Jean and Felix Hell.

Paul Jacobs is considered “one of the major musicians of our time” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker. He has given recitals in prestigious venues and performed with major orchestras. He is also a Tryon favorite, having performed here in the 2014-2015 season. 

Martin Jean’s playing exhibits “visceral intensity, expressive eloquence, and exquisite elegance” (The Kansas City Star). Winner of the Grand Prix de Chartes, Jean has performed in the grand cathedrals of Europe and England as well as major venues in America.

German-born Felix Hell, notwithstanding his youth, is now one of the most sought-after concert artists in the world. The American Organist wrote that he “sets standards that older and honored players would struggle to equal. Hell has toured North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, performing at many prestigious venues, and now brings his talent to Tryon.

For information about concert dates, times and locations, visit We hope you will join us for another magical season of the best music in the Southeast.


Submitted by Anne De Sutter