Performing Arts Series
Celebrating 23 years of the Hill College Performing Arts Series
In the 1993-94 academic year the Hill College Performing Arts Series presented its first season of concerts on the Hillsboro campus. The series began with the help of Dr. William Auvenshine and the initial seed money from Hill College as well as help from Scotty Cason in enlisting community leader support. From the beginning it was decided that the series would be free to the public and that donations from the public and financial help from Hill College would be our only means of support. From a very modest initial budget of $2,000, support, both financial and in attendance, has grown tenfold in the past twenty years.
The Performing Arts Series presents four to six programs per year to students, faculty, staff and the community. These free-admission programs bring outstanding performing artists of all genres to Hillsboro each year and, in addition to the concerts, allows for those in attendance to interact with the artists in the receptions which follow each event.
Light Crust Doughtboys
TUES., SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 7:30 P.M.
The Light Crust Doughboys are The State of Texas' Official Music Ambassadors named by the 74th Texas Legislature, are Texas Commission on the Arts' Official Touring Artists, and are inductees in the Texas Cowboy, Texas Western Swing, Rockabilly, Texas Music, and Cowtown Society of Western Music Halls of Fame.
Led by Grammy Award-Winning artist and producer, Art Greenhaw on bass, guitar, piano and vocals, The Light Crust Doughboys star virtuoso instrumentalists and singers: Dion Pride (son of Charley Pride) vocals, guitar and keyboards, Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee violinist Jim Baker who also sings and plays banjo; Marek Eneti Eastern European electric violin virtuoso; and Randy Wills (5th generation descendant of Bob Wills) on keyboards and bass. A Light Crust Doughboys’ backing vocalist ensemble can be added for select events, concerts, weddings and balls.
The Light Crust Doughboys have played prestigious festivals throughout the United States, have toured Austria, and make frequent television appearances.
Anton Yeretskyy & Svitlana Vasylchenko
Tues., October 3, 2017 & Thurs., October 5, 2017
Anton Yeretskyy (violinist) and Svitlana Vasylchenko (pianist) are Ukranians who perform worldwide with a wide range of repertoire. They both received their undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in the Ukraine and Anton also studied in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Yeretskyy has performed in orchestras in Vienna, Austria and the Ukraine both as a soloist and concertmaster. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, German, Russian and Ukranian and is currently teaching in China.
Svitlana began playing the piano at the age of 6 and has won several International Piano Competitions. She performs as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and as an accompanist with choirs, violinists and vocalists from the Ukraine, Poland and Sweden. In 2016 Svitlana and Anton recorded their first CD for violin and piano From Mozart Till Piazzolla.
Tues., january 23, 2018
Frisson is explosive! A nine-piece chamber ensemble featuring NYC’s finest young classical musicians, Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. Listen and enjoy as Frisson expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, and a small chamber orchestra. The ensemble will debut in major cities across the United States during the 2017-18 season.
The Fly Dance Company, "The Gentlemen of Hip-Hop"
Tues., February 13, 2018 & Weds., February 14, 2018
Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. Their technique is hip hop-very creative, gymnastic, and highly masculine. FLY's concerts are clean-cut, wholesome artistry designed to cross all audience boundaries-young and old, men and women, sophisticated and unsophisticated-with pieces combining styles and cultures to reflect contemporary Americana.
FLY is an all-male contemporary dance company from Houston consisting of five talented young men .The company is known for its high-energy performances with clever staging to a variety of music including classical, jazz, pop, hip hop, experimental, drumming, and live sound effects.
Thurs., March 8, 2018
Backtrack is an a cappella powerhouse located in the one-and-only, New York City. The ensemble proclaims NYC as its playground and muse. Whether a native or a transplant, each member found a home in NYC with Backtrack. The hustle and bustle of the city matches the ensemble's energy, and just like New York, Andrew, Johnny, Melissa, Mallory and Jordan are a melting pot of cultures and heritages. This diversity is evident in Backtrack's sound, where each member brings forth his/her own special element.
Backtrack has taken the stage at venues across the nation, including universities, concert halls, festivals, high schools and private functions. Notable venues include Apollo Theater, Louisville Palace and One World Observatory. Audiences praise Backtrack on its unique, high-energy and interactive performances and applaud the strong musicality and skill of each of the members and the ensemble as a whole.
In addition to performing, Backtrack is passionate about inspiring and educating the youth of America about a cappella and the Performing Arts. Backtrack demonstrates this passion by adjudicating a cappella competitions, such as the Wyvern International A Cappella Festival, showcasing at a cappella festivals, such as the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and SingStrong NY, and providing workshops to students across the nation.
Since its founding, Backtrack has amassed over 8 million views and 95 thousand subscribers on YouTube. Last year, the group won the 2016 YouTube Next Up competition and was described by Business Insider as one of the “34 up-and-coming YouTube stars you should be watching right now”.
Supporting the Hill College Performing Arts Series
If you would like to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series, you are invited to become a BENEFACTOR ($100.00), a SUSTAINER ($50.00), a PATRON ($25.00), or a SUPPORTER ($10.00) of the Hill College Performing Arts Series. Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more you can become a LIFETIME BENEFACTOR. Names of Lifetime Benefactors, Benefactors, Sustainers, Patrons, and Supporters appear in each program. You may send your donation to:
Hill College Music Dept.
Attention: Phillip Lowe
112 Lamar Dr.
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Or give online at www.hillcollege.edu/giving.
Select "Performing Arts Center" as your gift designation.
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 wonderful evenings of entertainment at Hill College.