2012-2013 Fine Arts Series officially announced


Illinois College announces its 33rd annual Fine Arts Series schedule to kick-off in September. This year, in addition to world-class concerts and performances, Illinois College will offer a variety of free public master classes, workshops and lectures in connection with the 2012-2013 Fine Arts Series. The goal is to provide an intimate and educational experience with artists scheduled to visit the hilltop campus and to help further develop the Jacksonville creative community. Season subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale now.

2012-2013 Fine Arts Series Calendar

St. Louis Brass
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Workshop | 3 p.m. | FREE
Concert | 7:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Brass Quintet is one of America’s longest standing brass quintets. The group has international renown, and performs three ten-day concert tours throughout the United States each year, plus recording and international touring. They have performed in Norway, India, Japan, Mexico, Germany, and Sweden, but this fall the quintet comes back to Illinois College for another rousing concert.

Walden Chamber Players
Friday, October 19, 2012 - Recital and Discussion with I.C. Students | 4 p.m. | FREE
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Concert | 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 22, 2012 - Lecture and Performance | 11 a.m.| FREE

Founded in 1997, the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players has garnered a reputation for being one of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today. The Walden String Trio, featuring violist Christof Huebner, cellist Ashima Scripp, and violinist Asmira Woodward-Page, will grace our stage on Saturday collaborating with Illinois College pianist and Professor Garrett Allman.

Thomas Murray, organist
Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Masterclass | 7:30 p.m. | FREE
Friday, November 9, 2012 - Concert | 7:30 p.m.

Thomas Murray, concert organist and recording artist, is University Organist and Professor of Music at Yale University, where he has served on the faculty for 29 years. Widely known for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, his many recordings are highly acclaimed. With an international reputation and many honors and awards, this will be his first time performing at Illinois College

Capitol Steps
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Performance | 7:30 p.m.
The Capitol Steps began in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created a special brand of satirical humor. Since they began, they have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run — for President. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on NPR stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials. Their logo says it all: We put the mock in Democracy.

Cantus Vocal Ensemble
Saturday, February 23, 2013 Workshop | 2 pm | FREE
Concert | 7:30 p.m.
Acclaimed as the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), the group’s adventurous musical choices have garnered high praise, and the Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” This a cappella group will amaze and delight.
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Illinois College.

Jade Simmons, pianist (with JSO)
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, pianist Jade Simmons, featured artist on the 2011 Engelbach-Hart Music Festival, returns to Jacksonville to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Join us for this momentous event as the JSO celebrates their 50th anniversary season! The concert will also feature a new work by Illinois College composer Timothy Kramer specifically commissioned for this occasion.

Tickets for the 2011-2012 Illinois College Fine Arts Series are $50 and include admission to all six performances. Individual concert tickets cost $15. The concert series offers free admission to students of all ages, regardless of where they attend school. All performances will take place in Rammelkamp Chapel.

Contact the Office of Advancement at 217.245.3069 or for complete ticket information. Greater detail about each performance 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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