Established through a generous gift in 1980, the series is endowed by the Frederica G. Esbenshade Memorial Fund to bring lectures, performing artists, and programs in the humanities to the Marietta community.
All Esbenshade Series performances start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Alma McDonough Auditorium unless specified otherwise. All performances are free and open to the public.
October 18, 2012
The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their recordings a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-Ten list. Join them as their program, Musick's Silver Sound, introduces us to music for Shakespeare's play. This concert is also a part of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference held at Marietta College.
November 13, 2012
Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader and author of Marietta College's common reading for this year, The Other Wes Moore. The book tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a challenging and at times, hostile world. Join him as he discusses his real life tale about the consequences of personal responsibility and the imperativeness of education and community for a generation of boys searching for their way.
Tempesta di Mare
March 24, 2012 at 4pm
Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with what the Philadelphia City Paper describes as "zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentation." In a program entitled, From Venice to Leipzig, explores the Italian musical fireworks that sparked a Vivaldi-craze and inspired two of Germanys greatest composers, Bach and Telemann, to add some flash to their own concerti and sonatas.
Penelope Niven – “Signposts, Footprints, Clues”: Discovering and Rediscovering Thornton Wilder
April 8, 2013
Thornton Wilder wrote in a 1928 lecture that the great letter writers left "signposts, footprints, clues of the life of their more-than-usual, their extraordinary hearts." In his drama and fiction, as well as in his letters and journals, Wilder left "signposts, footprints" and "clues" that can guide us in an exploration of his life and work. Join noted, Penelope Niven, author as she share the work of her latest book, Thorton Wilder: A Life.
Chris Brubeck and Triple Play
April 17, 2013
Chris Brubeck and the group Triple Play return to the Esbenshade stage this year with an invigorating program of jazz and blues. Paul deBarros, writer for the Seattle Times and Downbeat, says "Triple Play is what jazz always was and always should be about: good-time rhythm, unbridled joy and the sweet release but bittersweet aftertaste of the blues." Don't miss this great evening!