The Escape Ensemble Saturday, January 11th at 7:30 pm & Sunday, January 12th at 2 pm Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members The REP Theatre in Seaside launches an exciting New Year of live theatre, films and multi-genre music concerts with the highly anticipated return of The Escape Ensemble, the classical chamber group of emerging young professionals assembled by Seaside’s Escape To Create Arts Residency. Hailed for their charismatic performance and dazzling virtuosity, top students from America’s highest-ranked music conservatories will perform beloved chamber classics by Chopin, Mozart and Telemann and will introduce new works by leading American composers on Saturday, January 11th at 7:30 pm. In response to their sold-out concerts in 2018 and 2019, an encore performance has been added on Sunday, January 12th at 2:00 pm at The REP Theatre.
Jacob Mason, Piano Celebrated pianist Jacob Mason made his debut with the New World Symphony in 2013. He is a recipient of numerous awards including Interlochen’s Mandy Summer Artist Award and the prize of the Miami International Piano Festival Academy’s Concerto Competition. Following two years of study at New England Conservatory of Music, Mason now studies with internationally acclaimed pianist Kevin Kenner at Frost School of Music, University of Miami.
Hannah Culbreth, French Horn Hannah Culbreth is a fourth-year student of french horn at the New England Conservatory of Music. Shortly before her 2019 Escape Ensemble fellowship, Culbreth made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York String Orchestra as principal horn. Following summer touring with ensembles in South America, Asia, Canada and the U.S., Culbreth also performed as second horn with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Kyle Stachnik, Cello
Laurence Brooke, Violin
Cellist Kyle Stachnik and violinist Laurence Brooke are new members of The Escape Ensemble. Now a senior at Frost School of Music where he studies with international teacher and performer Ross Harbaugh, Stachnik previously studied at Interlochen Arts Academy under the instruction of Crispin Campbell. Stachnik has also studied with prominent string quartets including the Jupiter and Bergonzi Quartets and has performed at major music festivals around the country including the National Orchestra Institute, The Round Top Festival and the Monticeto International Music Festival. A versatile classical violinist who also performs bluegrass fiddle, Laurence Brooke is currently pursuing a masters at the University of North Carolina School of Music. He previously studied with famed violinist, international chamber musician and pedagogue Charles Castleman at Frost School of Music. Brooke has twice had the privilege of attending the Castleman Quartet Program, an intensive workshop in solo and chamber performance with legendary mentors such as Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo-Ma.
2019 Escape Ensemble members perform at a private home concert for music patrons Bill and Heavenly Dawson and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Music and Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller. Jacob Mason, piano; Hannah Culbreth, french horn; Sebastian Ortega, cello with Ensemble Artistic Director Dr. Dorothy Hindman.
The Escape Ensemble will also perform liturgical Renaissance and Baroque era masterworks during January Sunday services in The CHAPEL at Seaside starting at 9:30 am and again during the fellowship gathering at the conclusion of service.A final concert is planned for Sunday, January 26th as part of a special music and prayer program. Pop-up performances and classroom visits are planned throughout the month as well as a presentation at the Coastal Branch Library on January 13th at 1:30 pm. The Escape Ensemble is under the artistic direction of noted Miami educator and composer Dr. Dorothy Hindman, a distinguished E2C Fellow.
Members of the 2019 Escape Ensemble perform timeless chamber classics in public and private venues throughout Walton County during their January Seaside residency.
The REP Theatre and Escape To Create are longstanding partners in introducing exceptional music artists of all genres to the region. In addition to world-class classical chamber music, The REP will host singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter on Saturday, January 25th at 7:30 pm. Jazz artists Zakk Jones on guitar and vocalist/pianist Jackie Myers will perform as E2C’s annual Valentine to 30A concert on Saturday, February 15th at 7:30 pm. For additional information or ticket purchase, visit LoveTheREP.com. Additional information on Seaside’s Escape To Create Arts Residency is available at escape2create.org.