The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series announces 2021 schedule

By on January 5, 2021

Pianist Chris Kypros performs at the Bryan Cultural Series initial event in 2013. (Photo Credit: Bob Muller)

Old friends and new ways of thinking about music are on tap for the 2021 Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series season. We’re hoping live performances will be allowed, but if not performances will be offered to the public as free virtual events.  Event locations and ticket information will be released as it becomes available.

January 24: The season begins on January 24 when pianist Chris Kypros returns to the Outer Banks for a performance.

In 2013, Kypros was the first artist the Bryan Cultural Series brought to the Outer Banks. Performing a wide range classical music, his style and technique are impeccable, highlighting subtle interpretations that call attention to the genius of the compositions he performs.

In addition to his piano performances, Kypros has composed a number of choral works for the Greek Orthodox Church including Liturgy of Peace in 1980, Liturgy of Hope in 2013, and Liturgy of Light in 2016.

February 24: One of our favorite programs from earlier this year was Christopher Palestrant’s  50 Years of Broadway: from Hair to Hamilton. And Palestrant is coming back for an encore performance with his Big Music in the Movies… and Knowing What to Steal.

As Palestrant will explain in his February 24 showhow the music we hear on screen has a connection going back 100s of years. His 50 Years of Broadway was fun, funny and informative, and we know his Big Music in the Movies will keep the audience entertained.

Ocracoke favorites the Molasses Creek Band will perform along with Coyote at a concert on March 25 . (Photo Credit: Molasses Creek Band)

For 26 years, Ocracoke’s Molasses Creek has been thrilling audiences with their combination of outstanding musicianship, original compositions and wry sense humor. As a group they have toured the country but always find their way home to Ocracoke.

March 25: For our Bryan Cultural Series March 25 performance they will be teaming up with the musical duo Coyote, Marcie Brenner and Lou Castro, to bring the finest music of Ocracoke to the stage.

October 10: We’re always on the lookout for the new, different and wonderful and we think James Hill on the ukulele is all those things. How many ukulele players would even try Hendrix’s Voodoo Child…and nail it.

Hill will be on the Outer Banks for one show on Sunday, October 10. Put this one on your calendar and don’t miss it.

There’s lots more in store this year from the Bryan Cultural Series as we welcome more old friends back to the Outer Banks

May 15: ECU’s Four Seasons Chamber Music will return to the Outer Banks for a performance. This is a truly world-class quartet that performs compositions from the great masters of classical music as well as more modern pieces that the audience may not know as well.

August 22-29: We are particularly excited to for the 7th Annual Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series as it returns to the Outer Banks the week of August 22-29. Performing in a number of venues, the quartet never fails to thrill our audiences.

October: Our final show of the season will be our 5th Annual Art Exhibition, this year featuring works of art in wood. The show will be held the month of October at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head.

The location and ticket availability for these events will be announced when known.   All the performances will be streamed live.  Visit our website for more details and sign up for our email notices to get the latest updates.  The web address is

Substantial support for this annual cultural offering of events is provided by Towne Bank of Currituck, Village Realty, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012.  The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high quality cultural events.  These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts.  The board strives to glean from talent that has attained regional as well as national recognition to maintain a high standard.

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