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.
Kelsey Timmerman Where am I Wearing?
When journalist and traveler and author of Marietta’s College’s common reading for this year, Where and I am Wearing?, Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know more about where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him around the world. Join him as he introduces you to the human side of globalization and helps bridge the gap between producers and consumers.
Júlio Ribeiro Alves, guitar; Wendell Dobbs, flute
Guitarist Júlio Ribeiro Alves and flutist Wendell Dobbs take a musical look into foreign lands starting Auf Wien with Mauro Giuliani’s Serenade, op. 52 (performed on historical instruments) followed by South American sojourns first in Rio de Janerio and then to Buenos Aires with works by José Guerra Vicente and Máximo Diego Pujol. Finally, Marc Satterwhite’s 2012 work Yötön Yö or Midnight Sun depicts the rugged Finnish Landscape north of the Artic Circle. Come look abroad into foreign lands with the Violauta Duo.
Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin has been hailed for her “compelling artistry” (New York Times) and “earthy, rich, and poignant qualities” (LA Times) as a singer and her memoir, Do You Dream in Color: Insights from a Girl Without Sight, was published in 2012. Please join her and pianist, Jennifer Taira, as they offer an evening of beautiful music.
Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet
Join the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet as they present works written for four guitars, arrangements by the group, and music written especially for them. This new group brings together talented musicians Sten Isachsen, Paul Quigley, and Brett Grigsby under the leadership of Joel Brown (regular Esbenshade attendees will recognize him as the guitarist from Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play).
Adaskan String Trio with Sally Pinkas, piano – Beethoven
The Esbenshade series joins the Marietta College Music Department’s celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven, as the Adaksin String Trio and pianist Sally Pinkas present an all-Beethoven recital. The trio has won over audiences internationally with exuberant and stirring performances. Their playing has been hailed for “vigor, precision and stylistic certitude” (Charleston Gazette) as well as “spontaneity, intensity and charm” (Peninsula Review) and the Boston Globe praised them for “directing the listener to the heart of the matter.” Formed in 1994, they perform extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and their concerts have been regularly recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio.
Intersection presents World America
Soulful expression, electrifying virtuosity, lighthearted conversation—an Intersection concert is an irresistible blend of classical, jazz Latin, Broadway and film music. With its versatility, its engaging stage manner, and its unique mixing of trio, duo and solo formats, Intersection has won a large and avid international fan base. Join them as they present a program entitled World America that introduces us to the musical melting pot of American music. An evening spent with INTERSECTION is an unforgettable one for any audience!