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Esbenshade Series Returns for 37th Season,
Features Exciting Performers

  • August 1, 2017 | Tom Perry

Marietta College is excited to team up with the Peoples Bank Theatre again to bring the entire community another exciting season of Esbenshade Series performances, which begin on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The 37th season is highlighted by three musical performances, as well as best-selling author J.D. Vance and the talented dancers of Ailey II.

“This year, as always, my commitment is to bring top-tier talent to the Mid-Ohio Valley via the Esbenshade Series,” said Tanya Wilder, Director of the Esbenshade Series. “The generous support from the Esbenshade family makes it possible for the College and community at large to experience concerts and performances at the Peoples Bank Theatre that complement ongoing initiatives in the arts in our area.”

All performances are free and open to the public. You can reserve up to four seats per performance about a month before the show. You can reserve them at or call the Peoples Bank Theatre Box Office at (740) 371-5152.

The season opens with Rhiannon Giddens, a vocalist, violinist, banjo player and founding member of the Grammy-winning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops. She will perform at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Peoples Bank Theatre.

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 1967 recordings known as the Basement Tapes.

Tickets may be reserved starting on Aug. 14.

Up next is world-class cellist Sujari Britt at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, at Peoples Bank Theatre. Britt began her formal training at the age of 4, following her study on the violin and piano. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

Britt is the distinguished recipient of the 2016-17 and 2015-16 Hans & Klara Bauer Scholarship at Manhattan. In Spring 2016, Britt was featured in Canada’s Neapolitan Connection Concert Series.

Tickets may be reserved starting on Oct. 9.

The final three performances of the Esbenshade season will take place in the spring semester, beginning with Vance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. This event is first-come, first-served and there are no reservations being taken.

Vance, who grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky, will be speaking about his New York Times’ bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy. It is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis — that of white working-class Americans.

He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Yale Law School, and he has contributed to the National Review and the New York Times. Vance has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.

The talented dancers of Ailey II, who are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances, will be at the Peoples Bank Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4.

Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs both nationally and internationally.

Ticket reservations begin Jan. 29.

The final performance of the 2017-18 Esbenshade Series features The Romeros in Concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 15, at the Peoples Bank Theatre.

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. With a 55-year plus history, The Romeros have built an enviable discography.

Ticket reservations begin March 12.

In part, these events have been 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 campus for public appearances. 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, Pennsylvania. All events are free and open to the public.

Click to view the 2017-18 Esbenshade Series schedule

College Offers Music Performing Opportunities
for Community Members

  • August 15, 2017

Marietta College has two performance ensembles — Symphonic Ban and Oratorio Chorus — that are open to participation from members of Marietta and the surrounding communities.

“Because music is a lifetime experience that should be available to people of all ages, it’s important that Marietta College provides opportunities for everyone,” said Marshall Kimball, Music Department Chairman. “Regardless of the performance level of the individual, how long it’s been since your played your instrument or sung in a choir, community members are welcome to participate in the Marietta College Symphonic Band and the Marietta College Oratorio Chorus.”

The Symphonic Band rehearses from 5-5:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Band Rehearsal Hall at the corner of Third and Butler streets. The date of the first rehearsal is Monday, Aug. 28. The members of this ensemble range in age from 17-83.

Interested individuals simply need to show up with their instrument for the first rehearsal and are encouraged to bring friends with them. The band’s concert selections for the fall semester fit into the title of Suite Music. The performance venue of this ensemble is the beautifully renovated Peoples Bank Theatre with the Fall Band Concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30.

Marshall C. Kimball

"Because music is a lifetime experience that should be available to people of all ages, it’s important that Marietta College provides opportunities for everyone."

To obtain more information on this ensemble, please contact Kimball, Director of Bands at 740-376-4686 or

The Marietta College Oratorio Chorus is also open to community members from the Mid-Ohio Valley. This ensemble is comprised of singers from around Marietta and the surroundings communities with a wide age range of college students to senior citizens. The repertoire for this choir is Handel’s Messiah, which will be performed for the 91st consecutive time at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption.

The first rehearsal for the Oratorio Chorus will be from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, in Hermann 217. Those interested in participating should come to the first rehearsal and bring friends. This year the conductor of the Oratorio Chorus is the Director of Choral Activities at Marietta College, Dr. Jay Dougherty. For more information on this organization, please contact Dougherty, Director of Choirs, at (740) 376-4689 or

For questions regarding other musical opportunities at the Department of Music at Marietta College, please call (740) 376-4696.

New Flute Quartet to Perform at Marietta College on Oct. 3

  • September 26, 2017 | Tom Perry

PANdemonium4 Flute Quartet, a newly formed group of teachers and performing professionals who represent a diverse group of Ohio universities, will be performing in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 3, in Marietta College’s Alma McDonough Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Compositions to be performed will include Overture to The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, Jour d’été a la Montagne by Bozza, Argyle Street by McIntyre, Fictions by Mower, and Plink, Plank, Plunk! by Anderson.

Members of the ensemble include Alison Sincoff, professor at Ohio University; Lisa Jelle, professor at Capital University; Kimberlee Goodman, professor at Otterbein University; and Lindsey Goodman, adjunct lecturer at Marietta College and West Virginia State University.

Sharing a mutual respect for one another and a desire to make an impact on the future of chamber music collaborations within the setting of the flute Quartet, PANdemonium4 has performed at the National Flute Association in Minnesota and at Ohio University and Capital University. The group is also scheduled to perform at the Southeast Michigan Flute Association this fall.

Marietta Students Bring Brick Street Arts Bash to Community

  • April 2017

Dance, music, art and theatre were front and center during an all-day event in downtown Marietta this spring. Music students spent months working with the Music Associate Professor Marshall Kimball and McDonough Center’s Leader-in-Residence Donna Collins to book acts and performance venues, line up participating food trucks, and collaborate with the city in preparation for the Brick Street Arts Bash.

The one-day festival highlighted the talent of local and regional artists, and provided a free cultural event to the community, showing the importance of having access to the arts.

The arts are front and center in this edition of Marietta, The Magazine of Marietta College, which also includes a feature on how the College is working to create a new Music Therapy major, thanks to the generous donation of Don ’81 and Leslie Straub Ritter ’85.

Click below to read related articles in the media.

Marietta College Music Department sponsor of Brick Street Arts Bash, The Marietta Times

Brick Street Arts Bash: Day-long celebration Saturday in downtown Marietta, The Marietta Times

Brick Street Arts Bash this Saturday, The Marietta Times

Bash Goes Smoothly, The Marietta Times

MC Music Project Earns Recognition, The Marietta Times