• Each year, Lee University proudly hosts some of the world's most exceptional artists and musicians in its Presidential Concert Series.  Information regarding each artist featured in the Presidential Concert Series is listed below. Simply click anywhere in the gray boxes to expand and display the information.

    Escape Ten Percussion

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    SQR

    Escape Ten is a percussion duo formed by Dr. Annie Stevens (Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech) and Dr. Andrea Venet (Assistant Professor, University of North Florida). Their inaugural performance endeavor was a three-week cross-country tour where they drove from Virginia to L.A. 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 travelled on the I-10. Remaining passionate 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. Their first album, Colours of a Groove, was released in 2014. They tour extensively as Malletech artists, are passionate educators, and have their own publication series through Keyboard Percussion Publications.

    Recent commissions include 3 world premieres by Aurél Hollo, Joe Locke, and Michael Burritt at PASIC ‘16, 2300 Degrees by Ivan Trevino premiered in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall in 2015, and their wind ensemble arrangement of Séjourné’s Double Concerto premiered at VMEA in 2014. In addition to regular appearances at percussion festivals across the country, Escape Ten has been featured artists at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Leigh Howard Stevens ​Summer ​Marimba Seminar, Rhea Miller Concert series, Musica Viva Concert Series, McCormick Marimba Festival, Interlochen, the International Trombone Festival, ​VMEA (Virginia), PMEA (Pennsylvania), ​and at the Virginia Humanities Conference at Roanoke College.

    Quartetto Gelato

    Quartetto Gelato

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Pangle Hall

    Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.

    For 25 years, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humor. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato (QG) not only thrills its audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.

    QG established themselves as dominant forces on the music scene early in their career by winning the coveted title of NPR Performance Today’s Debut Artist of the Year. The Selection panel concluding the quartet was “an amazing ensemble that achieves the nearly impossible: they play salon music with real style and classical music with real precision; Great chops and a commitment in all that they play.” In 2007, the group’s first DVD Quartetto Gelato: A Concert in Wine Country! was picked up by PBS throughout the U.S. for broadcast. Most recently, QG won the honor of Best Classical Ensemble at Canada’s 2010 INDIE awards.