Celebrating the Role of Artist in Building Community
As a residency requirement, artists must give a public performance as a contribution to the community. Often produced in partnership with The REP Theater in Seaside, their readings, screenings, lectures and performances attract meaningfully engaged audiences and bring a diversity of cultural programs to the 30A community.
2018 Performance Schedule
Tuesday, January 9 - 7:30pm - The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia at the REP Theatre in Seaside
Sunday, January 21 - 2pm at The Seaside Institute/ Assembly Hall: Reception and Concert featuring a full classical program performed by The Escape Trio
THE ESCAPE TRIO was formed at the New England Conservatory of Music (NECM) by Jacob Mason following his electrifying solo performance as an Escape to Create Visiting Artist in 2017. Our entire community is honored to foster the artistic growth of a new generation of international performers through the Escape to Create Arts Residency. While in Seaside, the musicians are under the artistic direction of E2C Fellow, composer Dorothy Hindman, Associate Professor of Composition at the Frost Schools of Music, University of Miami.
Pianist Jacob Mason burst upon the classical music world at the age of fourteen when he won a commanding sweep of prestigious national concerti prizes with the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1. Now eighteen, Mason studies with pianist Stephen Drury at NECM and is establishing a career as a solo and collaborative pianist specializing in the most difficult classical and modern piano repertoire.
Cellist Sebastian Ortega is recipient of the Presidential Distinction Award at NECM where he studies with Paul Katz. Among his numerous awards and prizes, the Venezuelan-American Ortega was 2014 semi-finalist at the Sphinx Competition (Junior Division) under Artistic Director Yo-Yo-Ma and was first prizewinner of the 2015-16 VIVO International Competition.
Violinist Andrew Samarasekara studied with the world-renowned teacher and performer Lutsia Ibragimova at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England before entering NECM under the tuition of Paul Biss and Miriam Fried. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at numerous prestigious venues across Europe and the U.S.
The Escape Trio is available for master classes and school presentations as a contribution to our community until their return to NECM on January 25, 2018. For music education enrichment opportunities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 25, 6pm Wine and hors d'oeuvre reception, reading and book signing with awarded authors Dennis Covington and Mark Spano. Hosted by The Seaside Institute at the Town Assembly Hall, 168 Smolian Circle. Tickets $20 each at Sundog Books or online at http://www.seasideinstitute.org/new-events/
Alabama author DENNIS COVINGTON is revered for his deep understanding of the idiosyncratic South and for finding substance in places where cultures collide and people are living on the edge. The author of six books, Covington’s best-known work, Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, was finalist for the 1995 National Book Award.
Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws and the Demise of an American Dream, is a comic and tender tribute to his father that provides a ”...brilliant look at the clash of values that is tearing apart much of rural America.” (Publisher’s Weekly).
Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World, is a fast-paced memoir of his journeys through violent domains in Mexico, Turkey and Syria while on a quest for “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Awarded writer and filmmaker MARK SPANO's fiction, poetry and criticism have appeared in over 40 national publications. At age 66 Spano created his own publishing company and published his first mystery/crime novel Midland Club.
The 120-page knotted tale of corruption, lies and murder set in Middle America during the 1950’s received unexpected critical praise and continues to attract a passionate readership in the genre of noir fiction. The book received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs in 2017, one of only two new novels honored in the mystery category.
Saturday, January 27 - What began as a photo journalistic search for the elusive blue whale led to the discovery and scientific documentation of the shimmering plastic scrim choking our planet's oceans. Filmed in 20 stunning global locations and offering positive strategies on shifting away from our disposable culture and reestablishing a pristine ocean and food supply. Escape to Create's Artist-in-Residence John K. Melvin hosts this special community potluck, screening and conversation at The REP Theatre.
Register today and join us for a dynamic community and social gathering at:
Tuesday, February 13 - 7:30pm at The REP: Singer Songwriter Kim Richey debuts new works and revisits old favorites in E2C's 5th annual Valentine To 30A concert. Includes video and memoir photos.
Thursday, February 22 - 7:30pm at The REP: Internationally awarded artist and set designer Ana Ines Jabares Pita and citizen poet Sam Taylor present groundbreaking works in a unique immersive theatrical event.
Tuesday, February 27 - 7:30pm at The REP: International playwright Kevin Doyle debuts his newest play inspired by the viral photograph of the albatross and the ingested plastics that endanger our planet. A dramatic script-in-hand reading by the company of The REP.