Frisson Ensemble

Friday, March 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Foy Concert Hall

  • Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major for piano and winds, K452
  • Poulenc; Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, FP 43
  • Shubert: Piano quintet in A major, D. 667 (“The Trout”)
Thrill seekers take note. The Frisson Ensemble describes itself as “explosive” and implies, by its name, the delivery of strong feeling and sudden excitement. The nine individually electrifying musicians assembled from some of the best music schools in the United State (Julliard, Curtis, Yale, etc.) seem well-positioned to make good on that name.

Frisson’s core string and wind ensemble comprise nine instruments: a violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn, although the group also performs in pared down sets of five or six and can beef up to a small chamber orchestra, on occasion. The Frisson repertoire is similarly flexible, sometimes broodingly classical (think Beethoven, Brahms, and Barber), at other ties broadly popular (from Celtic tunes to film scores). It prides itself on featuring “rarely performed masterworks.” The ensemble was formed in 2017 and has been touring widely throughout the United States and Bermuda since then.