Escape Ten To Open Lee Performing Arts Series

Friday, August 18, 2017
Percussion duo Escape Ten will open the Lee University Performing Arts Series on Aug. 31
Percussion duo Escape Ten will open the Lee University Performing Arts Series on Aug. 31

Percussion duo Escape Ten will open the Lee University Performing Arts Series on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall. 

Escape Ten comprises Dr. Annie Stevens and Dr. Andrea Venet, assistant professors of percussion at Virginia Tech and the University of North Florida, respectively. They tour extensively as Malletech artists, are passionate educators, and have their own publication series through Keyboard Percussion Publications. 

The program will feature works by Stephen Ridley, Steve Danyew, Ivan Trevino, John Psathas, Kelly Rossum, Joe Locke, Michael Burritt, and Radiohead, along with pieces by Dr. Venet. Remaining passionate about exploring all genres and expressing these creatively through the world of percussion, much of Steven and Venet’s repertoire includes innovative arrangements and compositions commissioned exclusively by the duo. 

The duo has been featured at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, Rhea Miller Concert Series, Musica Viva Concert Series, and McCormick Marimba Festival, among others. This October, Escape Ten will be featured at the College Music Society National Conference, including a premiere of their newest commission in collaboration with artist and composer Ivan Trevino. 

Dr. Stevens is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and internationally. She has been featured in performances at the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., the Wintergreen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Music Center, and the International Trumpet Guild. Dr. Stevens can be heard on the albums “Blue Earth County” with the Kelly Rossum Quartet and Escape Ten’s “Colours of a Groove.” 

Dr. Venet, soloist and chamber musician, has performed internationally in Europe and in the U.S., taking second prize at the 2013 PAS KoSA Solo Marimba Competition at New York University. She has also been a featured performer with Saturday Night Live percussionist Valerie Naranjo, Ivan Trevino, the Lawson Ensemble, Project Trio, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and Grammy winning alternative band TOOL. 

Escape Ten will offer a masterclass on Friday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. in Pangle Hall. 

Thursday’s performance is open to the public and free of charge, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Aug. 24 in the Dixon Center Box Office from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, or by calling 614-8343.  

For more information about the Performing Arts Series or the masterclass, contact the Lee University School of Music at music@leeuniversity.edu or 614-8240.



Voices Of Auschwitz Is At Memorial Oct. 14

Voices of Auschwitz - An Historic Evening with Eva Schloss will be at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for groups of ten or more, plus fees.   Review for Eva Schloss: Don’t miss this rare appearance of Eva Schloss, one of the few-remaining Nazi death camp survivors. She was a childhood friend ... (click for more)

WTCI To Host Live Broadcast Event For The A List With Alison Lebovitz Monday

WTCI will debut a 10th anniversary special of “The A List with Alison Lebovitz” on Monday. This one-hour, live special will be hosted by Alison Lebovitz and WTCI’s Emmy Award-winning senior producer, Emily Compton. Featuring special opportunities to support local PBS programming, this show will spotlight some of the guests Ms. Lebovitz has interviewed over the years.  The ... (click for more)

Authorities Say Hixson Man Shot And Killed His 15-Year-Old Son On Saturday Night; Also Killed Family Dog

Authorities said a Hixson man shot and killed his 15-year-old son on Saturday night. A report says Mike McElrath, 46, who was found naked at a neighbor's house, also killed the family dog. McElrath was a former Hamilton County corrections officer from 1996-1999. County deputies responded at 10:24 p.m. to 1846 Cotter Road. The residents said there was a man on their front ... (click for more)

Gary Douglas, 25, Shot Early Sunday Morning; Dewayne Stanley, 24, Is Arrested

Gary Douglas, 25, was shot early Sunday morning, and Dewayne Stanley, 24, was arrested.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at approximately  3 a.m.   to a person shot on the 4700 block of Murray Lake Lane. Upon arrival, officers were able to locate Douglas, who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Investigators ... (click for more)

Use Purse Building For Chattanooga Museum Of History And Industry

I was caught off-guard and pleasantly stoked by Eric Atkins' editorial on Chattanoogan.com last week suggesting that one of the soon-to-be surplused city buildings could be turned into a history museum.   I didn't think anyone other than myself that I didn't know cared, or at least would turn their thoughts into the topic of an editorial.  I believe that most of the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Many Math-Tragic Replies

The reaction to my Sunday story, “90% Can’t Do Math,” was fast and furious yesterday. A surprising number of the replies were from teachers, confirming the fact that only nine percent of the pupils in our Hamilton County Public Schools are getting the education that every taxpayer know will actually shape the lives these students will live. Because my stories are shared on the ... (click for more)