Featuring organist, Douglas Reed
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. In 2013 American Brass Quintet was the recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field. Douglas Reed is a distinguished performer, teacher, church musician and recording artist. In 2005 he was listed among Who’s Who of America’s Teachers. He has taught at the University of Evansville since 1975.
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Formed in 2012 by Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo, the Khasma Duo is dedicated to the performing dynamic dual piano works from the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2014-2015 they embarked on a call-for-scores project that led to performances around the nation and culminated in January 2015 with the world premiere of Robert Morris’ “Forty Fingers” for 8 hands at the Eastman School of Music. Their upcoming performance on the Illinois College Fine Arts Series will surely prove to be a musical delight.
Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln – one acts by Ken Bradbury featuring Pam Brown and Fritz Klein
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Sibert Theatre of the McGaw Fine Arts Center
Two of the nation’s most well-known interpreters of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln will appear together in one-act plays by Ken Bradbury. Pam Brown will perform her one-woman show, “Now and Forever,” which was commissioned by the State of Illinois and has played for four years at Springfield’s Old State Capitol, and Fritz Klein will present “The Last Final Measure,” originally performed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and on NPR radio. Brown and Klein have often appeared together, but the Illinois College Fine Arts Series will be the first time they have performed these plays in a single evening.
Ken Bradbury is a 1971 graduate of Illinois College and the author of over 200 plays and musicals including 12 scripts about Abraham Lincoln. His newest Lincoln works will be appearing at Grant’s Farm this winter in conjunction with the National Parks Service.
Saturday, February, 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Homer Ashton Ferguson III is a 2000 graduate of Illinois College where he studied organ under the direction of Dr. Rudolf Zuiderveld and piano and conducting with Dr. Garrett Allman. In May 2002 he received the Master of Music degree from Arizona State University in keyboard performance (organ) and continued his studies until being awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2008.
Ferguson has performed with the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Ferguson has served on the faculties of Illinois College and Arizona State University, and served as the dean of the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in 2007-2009 and was the co-coordinator for the Region IX 2009 Festival held in Phoenix in June 2009. Ferguson is currently the organist/choirmaster at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Saturday, April 2, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Frank Ward (bass-baritone) is a versatile singer and sought-after performer who has appeared in professional productions as diverse as “La Bohème,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Showboat” and “Mikado.” Critics have praised Ward’s “careful attention to diction” and his “great vocal agility and treatment of ornamentation” while Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass wrote, “Frank Ward truly knows how to present a song.” Come and enjoy a specially prepared and exciting ALL SPIRITUAL RECITAL which Sarah Mahler Kraaz of Ripon College proclaimed, “I have never experienced such intensity with a vocal program before; Ward really made the ‘spirit’ of the spirituals come alive.”
The American Boychoir
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 3 p.m.
For over 75 years, The American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Capitalizing on its trademark blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation and ensemble virtuosity, The Boychoir performs regularly with world-class ensembles including The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Boston Symphony, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit and Alan Gilbert.