élange Musical is a Grapevine, Texas based unique chamber music ensemble comprised of professional musicians from Grapevine and the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. We bring to our local audiences a variety of instrumentation and composers taken from the classical chamber music repertoire. Each concert offers original commentary to enlighten and enrich our listeners’ understanding of the composers, instruments, and compositions. We keep our ensembles small to create an intimate occasion for musicians and attendees.
The two co-founders Susanna Hilliard and Iris Messinger who play oboe and viola respectively, started this ensemble because of a desire to play quality chamber music together with their friends and wanting to share this with local audiences. There seemed to be a lack of classical music in their local area of Grapevine and there were so many other cultural events going on with some great venues like the historic “Palace Theatre” that they wanted to fill the void.
The name Mélange Musical (musical blend) was carefully chosen to describe the ensemble with its variety and blend of compositions, instrumentation, time periods and international flavor, as well as the connection to the wine industry in Grapevine, Texas with its blend of local grapes and wines. The inaugural concert was held at Grapevine's Palace Theatre on Jan 18, 2007 with great success. There are plans to continue at this venue and also to expand their outreach into surrounding areas like Southlake, Keller and other local Tarrant County venues.
There are plans to present more concerts and to expand their outreach to outlying areas including Fort Worth and Dallas.
Mélange Musical is a 501(C3) non-profit organization.