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EsbenshadeSeries 2017-2018

The Esbenshade Series is funded by the Frederica G. Esbenshade Memorial Fund, which provides annual income for the purpose of bringing lectures, performing artists or programs of diverse nature to the Marietta College campus. The endowed fund was established in 1980 by Harry H. Esbenshade, Sr. and Harry H. Esbenshade, Jr., husband and son, respectively, of the late Mrs. Esbenshade of Uniontown, PA.
All Esbenshade events are free and open to the public.


September 2017

  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • September 17, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens, a vocalist, violinist, banjo player and a founding member of the Grammy-winning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops, will bring an expanded version of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and songs from her debut solo album “Tomorrow Is My Turn.” The Greensboro, North Carolina, native is also a founding member of the super group New Basement Tapes, a studio collaboration celebrating the discovery of never-seen Bob Dylan lyrics from his legendary 1967 recordings known as the Basement Tapes.


Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam Street, Marietta, Ohio, 3:00pm
Tickets must be picked up at the theatre or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.

November 2017

  • Sujari Britt
  • November 12, 2017

Sujari Britt showed her prodigious talent and uncanny devotion to and understanding of music from a very early age. She began formal study of the cello at age 4, following her study on the violin, and piano. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Sujari is the distinguished recipient of the 2016-17 and 2015−2016 Hans & Klara Bauer Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music, where she is a college senior studying with distinguished pedagogue Marion Feldman. In Fall 2017, Sujari will study at Sibelius Academy, Finland with eminent pedagogue Martti Rousi. In Spring 2016, Sujari was featured in Canada’s Neapolitan Connection Concert Series.


Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam Street, Marietta, Ohio, 3:00pm
Tickets must be picked up at the theatre or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.

February 2018

  • J.D. Vance
  • February 8, 2018

J.D. Vance, author of The New York Times bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy, will speak as part of the Esbenshade Series. Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and The New York Times and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC. Vance will be speaking about Hillbilly Elegy. It is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis — that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of the country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.


Dyson Baudo Recreation Center – Indoor Track, 7:30pm

March 2018

  • Ailey II
  • March 4, 2018

The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically-acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers.


Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam Street, Marietta, Ohio, 7:30pm
Tickets must be picked up at the theatre or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.

April 2018

  • The Romeros in Concert
  • April 15, 2018

Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros were founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1958. The Quartet went through natural transformations, and today consists of the second (Celin & Pepe) and third generations (Lito & Celino). To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the world of musical performance, and in the realm of the classical guitar it is absolutely without precedent. With a 55-year plus history, The Romeros have built an enviable discography and their achievements have not gone unnoticed. In February of 2007, The Romeros were granted The Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award from the GRAMMY Foundation in honor of their artistic achievements.


Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam Street, Marietta, Ohio, 7:30pm
Tickets must be picked up at the theatre or online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.