The fourth 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-renowned 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 13-15 for another inspiring festival!
Friday, June 13 Justin Binek, Jazz Vocalist and Pianist - 7:30pm
(with bassist Rob Killam and percussionist Mark McKnight)
Saturday, June 14 Stephen Beus, Classical Pianist - 7:30pm
Sunday, June 15 Hart Hootenanny! - 3:00pm
(featuring Stephen Beus, Illinois College faculty, and friends)
All events will be held in Rammelkamp Chapel on the Campus of Illinois College. All concerts and masterclasses are open to the public and free of charge. Free parking is available behind the chapel on Park Street.
Also joining us this year is classical pianist Stephen Beus from the University of Oklahoma. Winner of numerous international awards, Mr. Beus is widely hailed as one of America's finest young piano talents, and his repertoire and accolades continue to grow. Fanfare magazine describes his playing as "strikingly original... the sound he produces has extraordinary richness and depth, not quite like anyone else's," and the Salt Lake Tribune raves he is "mesmerizing... explosive... intelligent... he belongs on the world stage.” Beus will perform a solo concert on Saturday evening, June 14, and then will join the Hart family, with Illinois College faculty and friends, in this year's Hart Hotenanny.
This year's talented artists include Prof. Justin Binek from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Prof. Binek is head of Vocal Jazz Studies at the University of the Arts, where he teaches improvisation and vocal jazz techniques, as well as various ensembles. A master at jazz techniques and vocal improv, Justin is also a very fine jazz and classical pianist. Prof. Binek visited Illinois College earlier in the spring to work with campus music groups, leading a jazz workshop with students and giving a concert with IC faculty. This time, Prof. Binek will join with local jazz musicians Rob Killam and Mark McKnight for a rousing evening of jazz standards and new favorites. We are pleased to have him back to showcase his talents for the community.
Previous visiting master-performers include:
2011 - Jade Simmons, pianist
2012 - Karen Fergurson, soprano
2013 - Ian Hobson, pianist, and Carolbeth True Jazz Trio