Esbenshade Series features variety in five programs for 2012-13

baltimore-consortMarietta College’s popular Esbenshade Series, which provides five captivating cultural experiences to the campus and the community, opens the 2012-13 season on Oct. 18 with the Baltimore Consort.

Dr. Daniel Monek, Director of the Series, recently announced the impressive schedule.

All performances, unless otherwise noted, take place in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Consort, which is in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference on campus, has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their CDs a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-10 list.

The Baltimore Consort’s arrangements of early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Spain speak to the heart as well as the mind, and their love for the early music of English/Scottish heritage has led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian mountains and Nova Scotia. More recently, the group has explored the extraordinary repertory from the Iberian Peninsula awill in a program entitled “Cancionero: Early Music from Spain.”

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On Nov. 13, the College welcomes author and youth advocate Wes Moore to discuss his book The Other Wes Moore, which is also Marietta’s common reading and fits perfectly with the 2012-13 academic theme of Leadership & Social Justice.

Told in alter­nat­ing dra­matic nar­ra­tives that take read­ers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of sur­pris­ing redemp­tion, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a gen­er­a­tion of boys try­ing to find their way in a chal­leng­ing and at times, hos­tile world.

Moore is an Army com­bat vet­eran, promis­ing busi­ness leader and author. Moore grad­u­ated Phi Theta Kappa as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions.

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The Esbenshade Series takes a break through most of the winter but returns strong with three performances in the spring.

It starts with Tempesta di Mare at 4 p.m. March 24. 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.”

Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, Tempesta’s repertoire ranges from staged opera with full orchestra to chamber music. The group performs all orchestral repertoires without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. Tempesta di Mare is named for baroque master Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto meaning, “storm at sea,” a title reflecting music’s power to evoke drama.

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penelope-nivenThe Series welcomes another author on April 8, when Penelope Niven comes to campus to talk about her most recent book — Thornton Wilder: A Life.

Thornton Wilder: A Life is the first biography of this pivotal, pioneering American playwright and novelist to be based on unprecedented access to thousands of pages of letters, public and private journals, manuscripts and other documentary evidence of Wilder's life, work and times. Niven has worked for more than a decade with unprecedented access to the Wilder papers in her exploration of his public life and work, and much of what he called the drama of his inner life.

Niven is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of poet Carl Sandburg and photographer Edward Steichen. Her books include Carl Sandburg: A Biography; Steichen: A Biography; Voices and Silences, co-authored with the actor James Earl Jones. Thornton Wilder: A Life will be published Oct. 30, 2012 by HarperCollins.

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The Series closes with an Esbenshade regular in Chris Brubeck and Triple Play on April 17.

Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown, (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano & vocals).

Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform. Triple Play’s musical roots go way back (nearly 40 years!) in each member’s history. Chris and Madcat have toured and recorded together in different settings since 1969, first as young rock musicians in the group “New Heavenly Blue” (with albums on RCA and Atlantic Records), “Sky King” (on Columbia), and then as jazz musicians touring the world with Dave Brubeck.   

With an ever-expanding repertoire, the Trio continues to play in concert halls, clubs and festivals all over the country, including performing many of Chris’ symphonic arrangements with orchestras across the U.S.   

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