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Press Release for Tuesday, November 1, 2016

UNF School of Music Hosts Escape Ten Percussion Showcase Concert

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

 The University of North Florida’s School of Music is hosting the Escape Ten Percussion Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200. This event is free and open to the public.

Escape Ten, comprised of Dr. Andrea Venet, UNF assistant professor of percussion, and Dr. Annie Stevens, Virginia Tech percussion director, will perform a showcase concert consisting of keyboard duos for marimba and vibraphone, with the inclusion of small pitched instruments like almglocken, gongs and bells, representing some of the ensemble’s favorite timbres.

The duo will perform new works by Joe Locke, Aurél Hollo and Michael Burritt, in addition to their recent commission by Ivan Trevino, “2300 Degrees.” Escape Ten is passionate about collaborating with composers who both represent their musical personality and contribute significant pieces of repertoire to the art form.

The focus of this concert is to showcase an engaging program of diverse repertoire with focus on keyboard percussion instruments, featuring the inclusion of M-bao tuned gongs and crotales from DREAM Cymbals, desk bells, almglocken, a chromatic bell tree and other sonic accessories. Many of Escape Ten’s commissioned works will be available as part of the newly released Escape Ten duo series by KPP. Keyboard instruments featured include Malletech marimbas and a green Omega vibraphone.

This showcase concert features several world premiere musical pieces and includes many new compositions for percussion. The evening’s repertoire includes “Parkway” by Joe Locke (world premiere), “Clear Midnight” by Michael Burritt (world premiere), “2300 Degrees” by Ivan Trevino, “My Favorite Things” by Rodgers/Hammerstein II arranged by Andrea Venet, “Meteor” by Stephen Ridley and “Jettatura” by John Psathas, arranged by Omar Carmenates.
For more information about this event, contact the School of Music at (904) 620-2961.

The UNF Percussion Ensemble (UNFP), directed by Dr. Andrea Venet, is a university ensemble open to graduate and undergraduate classical and jazz percussionists by audition in the fall semester. UNFP performs a varied spectrum of repertoire that includes contemporary chamber music, modern arrangements and transcriptions, new compositions, commissions and world music. As active performers on and off-campus, the UNFP regularly collaborates with other UNF ensembles and has an extensive presence within the School of Music. The UNFP regularly hosts world renowned guest artists every year, enabling students to participate in masterclasses and performances.

The Music Flagship Program provides music majors and non-music majors alike the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and ability in all aspects of music at a level relevant and appropriate to their needs and interests and to prepare music majors for careers as performers, teachers, composers, arrangers and professionals in the music industry and its supporting fields. Our students experience transformational learning opportunities through international study abroad programs, interaction with world class guest artists and community based performance and pedagogical programs.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.