Tryon Palace Hosts Enchanted Evening of Medieval Harps and Storytelling

New Bern, NC April 17, 2013 – “The Flame of Love: The Legend of Tristan and Iseult” brings a night of Celtic harp and medieval storytelling to Cullman Performance Hall on Friday, May 3. Performed by Patrick Ball and Shira Kammen, this dramatic story of love, passion, magic and death will be told through a combination of spoken word performances and music.

The long, dark nights of Medieval Europe were rich with stories, but one legend was told and beloved beyond all others – “The Romance of Tristan and Iseult.” Filled with love, passion, magic and death, it captivated the listeners because it was the very mirror of their own hearts, minds and souls. And to raise the telling beyond the power of words there was music: the vielle, Celtic and medieval harps, and the singing voice. All this made for evenings of brilliance and enchantment throughout the Middle Ages and in “The Flame of Love,” Ball and Kammen bring this same enchantment into our own time and place.


“I was determined to have layers of music underscoring the story and standing on its own in the natural pauses in the narration,” said Ball. “I had little background in Early Music but whenever I listened to it, I found it every bit as bewitching as the story of Tristan and Iseult itself. So, I proposed a collaboration with Shira Kammen, whose work I have admired for a long time, hoping that she might be as drawn to the story as I. As it turned out, she loved the idea and we set out on this adventure together.”

Held inside the N.C. History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, doors will open at 7 p.m. and the performance follows at 7:30. Tickets for this event are general admission and prices are as follows: $22 for adults, $18 for Tryon Palace Foundation members and active military, and $10 for students. They may be purchased in advance by phone (credit card only) at (800) 676-1560 or (252) 639-3525. Tickets may also be purchased in advance or the night of the performance at the NC History Center ticket desk, located at 529 South Front Street in downtown New Bern.

This concert is presented by the Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series, with media sponsorship provided by Public Radio East and the New Bern Sun Journal.

Listen to audio clips of this performance at

For a complete list of events scheduled this month at Tryon Palace, be sure to visit

Tryon Palace is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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