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 www.ic.edu/ehmf.