Frisson Ensemble to perform April 7

The Frisson Ensemble will perform on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. as part of the Neskowin Chamber Music concert series. (Courtesy photo)

In French, frisson, means “a strong feeling of excitement.” To the chamber music world, it means the Frisson Ensemble, nine musicians who will bring their talents as string and wind musicians to a Neskowin Chamber Music concert on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Camp Winema.

Noted oboist Thomas Gallant is musical director of the group and has asked Jeremias Sergiana Velazquez, violin; Caeli Smith, viola (and associate director); Julian Schwarz, cello; Sam Suggs, double bass; Ji Weon Ryu, flute; Stas Chernyshev, clarinet; Gabriela Gonzalez-Briceno, bassoon; and Nathan Silberschlag, French horn to join him.

Gallant last appeared at Neskowin in March of 2017 with the Adaskin String Trio. His biography is filled with a number of prizes, including first place at the Concert Artist Guild International competition. He has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and with the Colorado, Calder, and Lark Quartets.

Critics call Frisson musicians “the best and brightest of classical music rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s best music schools. They perform rarely heard masterworks, including quintets, sextets, nonets, and small chamber orchestra pieces.”

Individual tickets are $25. Call 503-965-6499 for more information or visit the website at

Camp Winema is located three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101.