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Esbenshade Series

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.

Esbenshade 2014-2015

Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

8pm, September 10

Fenton Court

Sherman Alexie

An award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie has been lauded by The Boston Globe as “an important voice in American literature.” His National Book Award winning and semi-autobiographical novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. Join him as he speaks about his life and the book that serves as Marietta College’s common reading for this year.



Cordis Cinema of Sound

7:30 p.m., Oct. 1

McDonough Auditorium


For more than a decade the Cordis Quartet has been redefining chamber music by fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments to create their unique sound. The ensemble is built upon cello, concert cimbalom, piano, and percussion ... however, one-of-a-kind creations such as electric mbiras, melodica, and the world’s longest playing cylinder-driven music box also have a magical way of weaving themselves into each performance. Join us for an exciting evening of innovative music.



Ass3mbly Hot Off the Press!

7:30 p.m., Oct. 29

McDonough Auditorium


Comprised of flutist Lindsey Goodman (solo flutist, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble), pianist Anne Waltner (assistant professor, Eastern Mennonite University), and percussionist Scott Christian (principal timpanist, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra), ASS3MBLY is a dynamic new trio championing the chamber music of our time for flute, piano, and percussion. Join us for an evening of innovative and entertaining chamber music including a world premiere and three Ohio premieres!

Have you ever wondered how artists view their own process of creation and reflection? Please join us for two special presentations as different artists share their work and inspiration and answer your questions about their creative journey.






An Evening with Jake Runestad, composer, with the Marietta College Concert Choir, Daniel G. Monek, conductor

7:30 p.m., Feb. 11

McDonough Auditorium


Award-winning composer Jake Runestad is noted for his versatility and wide range of expressive capabilities with music driven by soaring melodies, driving rhythms, and lush textures. Considered “highly imaginative…with big ideas” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald), Jake is a composer with diverse musical experiences, spanning several continents that have given him a reputation as one of the most creative and innovative composers of his generation. This evening includes a performance of some of Mr. Runestad’s choral works presented by the Marietta College Concert Choir (Daniel G Monek, conductor) and includes the world premiere of a new work written especially for this presentation.



An Evening with Nancy Manter, painter and photographer Weather – Above and Below

7 p.m., Feb. 17

McDonough Auditorium


Nancy Manter was born and raised in the State of Maine and has been living and working for several years between New York City and Seal Cove, Maine. She is a painter and a photographer whose work is based on the elements of weather, the environment and landscape. Manter will hold a three-day workshop for Marietta College students and complete site-specific work based on local weather patterns for her Gallery 310 exhibition. The Gallery 310 (Hermann Fine arts Building) exhibit will open following her presentation and run through April 3. Pieces from her workshop with students will also be on display during the Annual Student Exhibition that opens on Feb. 20.



The Rose Ensemble Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims

7:30 p.m., March 17

McDonough Auditorium


The result of years of intensive research and training, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.

Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed ensemble!




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Kelsey Timmerman Where am I Wearing?

September 10

Kelsey Timmerman

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.

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Violauta Duo

Júlio Ribeiro Alves, guitar; Wendell Dobbs, flute

October 2

violauta duo

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

November 20

Tempesta di Mare

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

February 12


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

February 24


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

April 2


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!