Arts Outreach for Kids

A-OK (Arts Outreach for Kids) makes world-class artists accessible for students and families. A partnership between TFAC and Tryon Concert Association, A-OK presents 4 daytime concerts during the 2018-2019 season. Concerts are entertaining, educational, and inspiring for the next generation of arts enthusiasts.

Admission is only $3 for students and teachers, and $7 for the general public-the perfect way for homeschoolers, families, and educators to experience new performances.

Get the most out of the A-OK experience with a season ticket: all 4 shows for $10 per student/teacher or $25 for general public. For season ticket purchases for A-OK call us at 828-859-8322.

Friday, October 5, 2018. 9am
Canadian Brass

"The World's Most Famous Brass Quintet"

"Impeccable ensemble tuning, blending of timbers and musical expressivity." The Star

Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with the audiences. Each of their concerts presents their full range, from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them. Canadian Brass performances are entertaining, spontaneous, virtuosic, and fun, with lively dialogue and theatrical effects, with music always foremost.

Friday, November 2, 2018. 1pm
Sierra Hull

"I think she's endless. I don't see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don't think it stops. It's round" Alison Krauss

This is the turning point-where a preternatural talent becomes a natural woman. This is Sierra Hull's enigmatic Americana. It is nothing like what we've heard before, from anyone. It is singular and emphatic, harmonious and dissonant; the realization of promise and the affirmation of individuality. It is born of difficulty and indecision, yet it rings with ease, decisiveness, and beauty. "She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved," says banjo master Bela Fleck. "And now her vocals and songwriting have matured to the level of her virtuosity."

Friday, February 1, 2019. 10am
Zlatomir Fung

Zlatomir Fung plays with "a rich, warm tone, impeccable intonation, appreciation for dynamic shading and thoughtful phrasing." Baltimore Sun

A cellist since the age of three, Zlatomir Fung has won international competitions, played with orchestras around the world, and shared music with audiences in concert halls, schools, and retirement homes. With a repertoire that includes Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky, Mr. Fung has participated in Ravinia's Steans Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Friday, April 26, 2019. 10am
Freddy Cole

"It takes a lifetime to learn to make a lyric sound as colloquial as speech, yet as musical as an instrumental solo. Cole has spent his career mastering the art with the hushed intensity of his vocals and the silken beauty of his piano lines." Chicago Tribune

Freddy has been a recording artist since 1952. While there are certain unmistakable similarities in timbre to his brother Nat King Cole, his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier...his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday, and his timing swings even more. His vocals-suave, elegant, formidable-make him the most respected lyrical storyteller in jazz. He has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own.