Escape Ten

Escape Ten is a percussion duo formed in 2012 by Dr. Annie Stevens (Associate Professor, Virginia Tech) and Dr. Andrea Venet (Associate Professor, University of North Florida). Ardent about exploring all genres and expressing these creatively through the world of percussion, much of their repertoire includes innovative arrangements and compositions commissioned exclusively by the duo. The duo has performed and lectured at over 35 universities, at five international conferences, and was featured on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Most recently having been invited as guest artists to the Prairie Music Residency in Saskatoon, Canada, and Montreal for the Day of Percussion, they maintain a steady performance schedule touring nationally and internationally, consistently featured as chamber artists and clinicians at music festivals, concert series, conferences, and universities. Select appearances include the U.S. premiere of John Psathas’ double concerto for percussion and orchestra with the Roanoke Symphony in 2022, as well as performances at the Ágora Actual Percussion and WASBE 2019 festivals (Spain), the Academy of the Performing Arts (UTT) in Trinidad, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Eastman Summer Percussion Festival, and at the Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar. Through a collaboration with composer Eric Guinivan, they are the recipients of a marimba duo commission awarded from the prestigious Fromm Foundation entitled Illuminations (2018).

Alongside signature mallets through Malletech, they have their own publication series of works written for the duo through KPP. Escape Ten has released two albums: Our Favorite Things (Ravello 2020) and Colours of a Groove (2014). Their inaugural performance endeavor was a three-week cross-country tour where they drove from Virginia to LA performing in 10 cities across the country. Their name ‘Escape Ten’ originates from their trademark roadtrip style performance tours in a Ford Escape, with many miles traveled on the I-10. Escape Ten proudly endorses Malletech, DREAM Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion, and Remo drumheads.

Performance: Escape Ten

Series: Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Date: July 6, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Location: Rieth Recital Hall

Pricing: $10. General admission.

Tickets: Available at the Box Office or by phone at (574) 535-7566

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Notes about this event:

This concert is presented as part of the 2024 Midwest Chamber Percussion Camp at Goshen College.