Fifth Annual Engelbach-Hart Music Festival

Matthew McCright, Pianist | June 18-20, 2015 | Rammelkamp Chapel & McGaw Fine Arts Center
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The fifth annual Engelbach-Hart Music Festival will be presented at Illinois College again this year in mid-June, thanks to the generosity of the Engelbach-Hart family. The festival will celebrate the rich heritage of music in our community with concerts and masterclasses on the hilltop campus.  Previous festivals have brought world-renouned performers to the hilltop, with students and community alike benefiting from their skill and talent.  The festival includes masterclasses for students, lectures, and performances by  the featured guest musicians.  Join us this June 18-20 for another inspiring festival!
Matthew McCrightAmerican pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative risk-takers. McCright resides in Minneapolis, Minn., teaches privately in the Twin Cities, and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. He maintains an active performing schedule as one of the most sought after pianists of his generation in contemporary music. He has premiered numerous new pieces, many written for him, and has collaborated with countless composers across the globe.

An accomplished recording artist, McCright has released five solo recordings: three albums on innova Records (Second Childhood, A Waltz through Vapor, and Blender), a 2011 release of the piano works of Gene Gutchë on Centaur Records and a 2015 release on Albany Records of the piano music of Olivier Messiaen. The recipient of numerous awards, grants, and prizes, he has performed at festivals such as Bang on a Can at MassMOCA, Printing House Festival of New Music (Dublin), Late Music Festival (UK), Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, Kodály Institute, Perilous Night, Fringe, Bridge, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Seward Arts, Music 2000, CCM Village Opening, and Minnesota Composers Alliance. McCright completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music Degree in Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster College. His past teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Lisa Moore, and Richard Morris. For more information please visit:

THURSDAY, JUNE 18 :: 7:30 PM 
Christian Secrist, saxophone
Nichol DelGiorno, collaborative pianist

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 :: 7:30 PM
Hart Hootenanny!  with guest pianist 
Matthew McCright, I.C. Faculty, Hart Family

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 :: 7:30 PM
Matthew McCright, pianist 

All events are held in Rammelkamp Chapel on the campus of Illinois College. Events are FREE and open to the public.

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