2016-17 Concert Season

The Trinity Artist Series is excited to present its fifth season, featuring Barnaby Bright, the Tryon Street String Quartet, Caro e Caro, and guitarist Wayne Henderson.

September 18, 2016: Barnaby Bright

The Trinity Artist Series opens its 2016-17 season with folk/pop artists Barnaby Bright.

From their website: Both classically-trained, the duo has made some cool Americana records, lived in Brooklyn, Nashville and Kansas, toured coast to coast, run out of money, toured Europe, run out of money again, won high-falutin' prizes for songwriting in New York, generally not argued, done benefit shows for prestigious US AAA radio stations, given away 200k+ tracks on Amazon, kept writing, built an audience, been named one of Amazon's Top 100 albums of the year, eaten copious amounts of vegetarian food, attracted 17k+ listeners a month on Spotify and finally made a record, Q2 2016's "This is Life," which speaks to where they've been, who they are, what they want and where they're going. 

It's smart pop with an authentic Americana stamp, not the other way round. Somewhere in there they got married, but they'd rather not talk about that. BUY TICKETS

November 6, 2016: The Tryon String Quintet

The Tryon String Quintet is composed of celebrated and world-renowned members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph Meyer, violin
Meyer is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader who has been garnering critical acclaim throughout the country. He has been described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as " a standout player, both technically brilliant and musically innovative." The Miami Herald has called his solo playing "exquisite," while the New Orleans Times Picayune describes him as a "brilliant concertmaster and a superb violinist."

Jenny Topilow, violin
Born into an artistic family, Jenny began violin lessons at the age of three. Continuing her love for the violin, she studied under former Cleveland Orchestra member Stephen Majeske throughout high school and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2002.

Kirsten Swanson, viola
Graduating from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance in 2004, violist Kirsten Swanson spent 2005-2007 as Assistant Principal and section violist with the Charlotte Symphony.  An extensive orchestral musician since high school, Kirsten has played with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras, to name a few. 

Alan Black, cello
Alan Black’s performance experience covers the complete spectrum of music; from classical music including chamber music, solo recitals, and concertos with the Charlotte Symphony, to appearing on stage as a soloist and chamber musician with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Bobby McFerrin, Van Cliburn Gold Medal pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and fiddler Mark O’Connor.

Marlene Ballena, cello
Peruvian cellist Marlene Ballena began playing the cello at age seven in her hometown of Lima. She served as a member of the Peruvian National Symphony and as principal cellist of the Piura Symphony Orchestra. Later on, she continued her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Stephen Geber. During her time at CIM she joined the Matisse String Quartet and participated in the  Intensive String Quartet Seminar working with members of the Cleveland, Cavani,Tokyo, Jerusalem, Julliard, and Tackacs Quartets. 

February 12, 2017: Caro e Caro

Caro e Cara is the classically trained vocal duo of Ilana Lubitsch, soprano and David Moffitt, tenor. Through their connection to each other, to their music, and to their audience they create an intimate experience of love and joy.

Ilana Lubitsch's brilliant, high soprano cuts the orchestra with ease carrying a sizable voice to match her feisty stage presence. Among Ilana's operatic credits are appearances as Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Mme Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Concert appearances include Handel's Messiah, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Handel’s Samson, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer and Richard Strauss’s Brentano Lieder among others. Recent engagements include a series of concerts as guest artist with the Breckenridge Music Festival, regular appearances as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and solo and chamber music recitals in North Carolina.

David Moffitt has performed for audiences since 1984 and made his professional debut singing Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Mid-Columbia Choral Society, Walla Walla, Washington. Since then he has remained an active soloist of recital and concert repertoire. His vibrant tenor is powerful yet expressive allowing him to truly connect with the listener. Favored works include Puccini's Turandot and La Bohème, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony; Lobgesang among others. BUY TICKETS

DATE CHANGE: April 9, 2017: Guitarist Wayne Henderson

Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia.

In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. He said, “That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I’ve had my hands on. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve picked up some good ones.”

Some of Henderson’s instruments are intricately decorated but are most respected for their volume, tone, and resonance. Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson “is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States.” There is a waiting list for Henderson’s guitars made up of the famous (and not-so-famous). BUY TICKETS