Chamber Ensemble Frisson bring their dynamic performance to Hill College Stage

  Hill College
  Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:56 PM
  General Events

Hillsboro, TX

The second performance of the 2017-2018 Hill College Performing Arts Series promises to be an exciting evening featuring a wide variety of ensembles and music. Frisson is a nine-piece chamber ensemble out of New York City featuring the best and brightest of the Big Apple’s music scene, morphing into various guises to perform rarely heard masterworks. They bring their music to the Hill College stage on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Thomas Gallant and Associate Director Caeli Smith, both of whom also play in the ensemble, Frisson expands and contracts into quintets, sextets and even a chamber orchestra to perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Barber and Copland among others. The ensemble is made up of the full string family and the instruments commonly found in a woodwind quintet (which includes the brass instrument French Horn) without additional brass or percussion.  

Artistic Director Thomas Gallant is considered one of the few virtuoso performers on oboe in the world today, having performed in many of the world’s greatest performance venues and listing among his performances collaborations with the Kronos Quartet and flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has premiered works by 20th century composers Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki and Elliot Carter. The remaining members of the ensemble also have extensive resumés featuring solo and ensemble performances throughout the world and holding degrees from prestigious institutions including the Julliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University.  

The Frisson performance will take place at the Hill College Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center on the Hill County Campus in Hillsboro. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception provided by the Monday Review Club will be held immediately afterward.  

If you would like to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series, you are invited to become a Benefactor ($100), a Sustainer ($50), a Patron ($25), or a Supporter ($10) of the Hill College Performing Arts Series. Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more you can become a Lifetime Benefactor. Names of contributors appear in each program. You may send your donation to Hill College Music Dept., Attn.: Phillip Lowe, 112 Lamar Dr., Hillsboro, TX, 76645. 

Whether or not you support the series with a monetary gift, we hope you will support the series with your presence, and invite others to these wonderful evenings of entertainment at Hill College. For more information on the performers and performances and to view promotional videos of each group, visit the Hill College homepage ( and click on “Performing Arts Series” found in the drop-down menu under “Quick Links” in the center of the page.