Fine Arts Series

Fine Arts Series

2023 - 2024 Upcoming Series Events

Immerse yourself in the intimacy of an a cappella vocal ensemble,  feel the energy of Taiko drumming, and get your toes tapping to live jazz.  The 2023-2024 Fine Arts Series offers something for everyone.

Sunday, November 19, 2023 :: 3 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Founded in 2016, ~Nois has become one of the premier ensembles in the U.S. by combining contemporary classical music and improvisation in unique concert experiences. Heralded as “fiendishly good” by the Chicago Tribune, ~Nois has been awarded top prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Fischoff and the M-Prize competitions. This program will feature a wide variety of new pieces from the Composers Alliance of San Antonio, written specifically for this ensemble. You will be amazed with their vivacious performance and virtuosity. 

Friday, January 19, 2024 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

We are thrilled to welcome to Illinois College the accomplished organist Adrienne Cox. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Cox earned her doctorate from the University of Iowa after postgraduate study in Germany. She has performed extensively throughout the US and was a featured artist at the Spoleto Festival. Her program will feature a diverse array of works from the organ’s greatest composers and is sure to delight and inspire.

death by chocolate fundraiser

Sunday, February 11, 2024 :: 3 to 5 p.m. (open house style) :: Barnes House
Performance by the IC Faculty Jazz Quartet

Since this is a fundraiser to support the Fine Arts Series, this event is not included in the price of the series season ticket. Admission for great chocolate and jazz is just $20!

Saturday, February 17, 2024 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Ho Etsu Taiko brings its youthful, energizing and powerful sound back to the Fine Arts Series stage again. Heavily influenced by the Japanese-American tradition of taiko drumming, but also drawing from the variety of musical influences found in the greater Chicago area, Ho Etsu Taiko pushes the traditional envelope often performing at cultural events and festivals throughout the Midwest.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 :: 6:30 p.m. :: Sibert Theatre

Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, folk musician and educator from central Illinois, Chris Vallillo, returns to our series to present this lively, family-oriented program, which tells the life and times of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, through the music he loved.  Chris is sure to include some of his vintage instruments. This program is sure to delight both adults and children of all ages.

Sunday, April 7, 2024 :: 3 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

We conclude our 44th season with an exciting new group of friends, the Jose Gobbo Trio. The Jose Gobbo Trio is an equilateral triangle featuring Gobbo on guitar, Max Beckman on bass, and Jay Ferguson on drums. Individually, the musicians have performed around the world, including Brazil, Japan, and the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Praised for their “adventurous solos grounded in the jazz traditions” and “in-the pocket drumming” by Jazz Today, Gobbo and Ferguson are featured on Chip Stephen’s Organ Trio album “Transgressions”. Complemented by Beckman’s versatile and dynamic bass, this trio will have you grooving, body and soul, in this final concert of the season. 

2023 - 2024 Past Events

  • MIRARI BRASS QUINTET :: Sunday, September 24, 2023
  • TALES AT TWILIGHT :: FAMILY NIGHT SERIES :: Friday, October 20, 2023
  • ENGELBACH-HART MUSIC FESTIVAL :: Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29, 2023

Fine Arts Series Ticket Information:

Adult season tickets are available for $70, which is a $40 savings over purchasing tickets individually. Adult tickets to individual concerts are available for $20 per concert, except for the family programs on Oct. 20 and Mar. 13, when adult tickets will be just $5. As always, students of all ages and children are admitted free of charge to all concerts.

Please consider making a donation to the series: Your generosity and support help ensure that we are able to continue bringing quality programming to the Jacksonville community!

For more information, to purchase a Season or Single Event ticket, or to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Phebus ’07 at 217.245.3192 or