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June music festival features jazz and classical artists


Illinois College will host the fourth annual Engelbach-Hart Music Festival on Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15, in Rammelkamp Chapel.

Thanks to the generosity of the Engelbach-Hart family, the festival will celebrate the rich heritage of music in the Jacksonville community with three concerts that are free and open to the public.

The festival will feature acclaimed jazz pianist and singer Justin Binek, and the award winning classical pianist Stephen Beus. Both artists have previously performed at Illinois College and are looking forward to returning to campus.

On Friday Binek will feature jazz classics and a mix of songs and instrumental numbers. Binek will be accompanied by local bassist Rob Killam and drummer Mark McKnight. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.

On Saturday Beus will grace the stage with a solo piano recital. He previously performed with the Jacksonville Symphony in 2012 and has an active career as a concert artist and a professor of music at the University of Oklahoma. His concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.

The final concert of the festival on Sunday is titled “Hart Hootenanny” and will feature Beus, Illinois College faculty and some local guest musicians. The concert will feature lighter fare and will begin at 3 p.m.

The late A.C. Hart, Illinois College trustee emeritus, and the late Charlotte Engelbach Hart graduated from Illinois College in 1925 and 1926, respectively. The college awarded them both honorary degrees in recognition of their longstanding support of the music program. In 1979 the Hart Sesquicentennial Organ in Rammelkamp Chapel was dedicated in their honor. The baby grand piano in Barnes House was also named in their honor in 2003. More information about the Engelbach-Hart Music Festival is available at
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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