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The Illinois College Fine Arts Series kicks off its 43rd season bringing outstanding, inspiring music to the Jacksonville area.

2022 - 2023 Upcoming Series Events

We look forward to presenting all of these programs to you live and in person. From Medieval music to the world premiere of a new work by Illinois College’s own Timothy Kramer, and with lots of music in between, the 2022-2023 Fine Arts Series offers a variety of music with a wide appeal. We look forward to seeing you this season, as we celebrate an eclectic season of wonderful music.

LIAM TEAGUE, Steelpan - Family Concert
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 :: 3:00 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Liam Teague’s commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him around the world in acclaimed solo and ensemble performances. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Teague is director of the world-renowned Northern Illinois University Steelband.

Bring the entire family to this exciting, unique event that will include two additional musicians, including IC and Jacksonville’s own Tyler Carpenter. Carpenter is a percussionist and leads IC’s drumline. For this family-friendly program, adult tickets will be just $5.

PEI-I WANG, Pianist
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

A captivating and versatile piano virtuoso, Pei-I Wang is coordinator of keyboard studies at Millikin University. She has performed with orchestras in the U.S. and in Asia, and has received awards in several piano competitions in the U.S. and Europe. As a keen advocate of contemporary music and rare masterworks, Wang has performed new music to critical acclaim across the country. Her recording of Carl Czerny’s four-handed piano fantasies with Sam Gingher is available on the Naxos label. While she has previously performed in the Fine Arts Series with flutist Abigail Walsh, this concert will mark her first solo performance in the series.

ENGELBACH-HART MUSIC FESTIVAL - FREE ADMISSION
Alla Voskoboynikova, Pianist :: Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
Faculty Collage Concert :: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
George Winston, Pianist :: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 :: 3 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

This admission-free event is a gift to the community and will consist of three exceptional concerts by outstanding artists. Friday’s solo concert by St. Louis-based Russian-American master pianist Alla Voskoboynikova is not to be missed. Saturday’s Faculty Collage Concert will highlight the exceptional talents of the Illinois College music faculty. Sunday afternoon’s concert will be a solo performance by George Winston, a celebrated American pianist who has inspired audiences for more than 40 years, selling 15 million albums. His playing covers three styles: rural folk piano, stride piano and New Orleans R&B piano. 

ISTANPITTA
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

The acclaimed Houston-based early music ensemble Istanpitta returns to the Fine Arts Series for a third time by popular demand. The ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. at colleges and universities, concert series, and music festivals. Their Fine Arts Series program, “Chevrefoil,” is based on a Medieval French poem by Marie de France, bringing to life the story of Tristan and Isolde with Medieval songs and instrumental music. These remarkable musicians will captivate and entertain you with music for voice, harp, lute and vielles (early string instruments).

JAN KRAYBILL, Organist
Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Grammy-nominated organist Jan Kraybill has performed around the world, including North America, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Korea and Tahiti. She is a musical leader and dynamic speaker; a concert organist, pianist and harpsichordist; an educator, church musician and consultant; and an enthusiastic advocate for the power of music to change lives for the better. Kraybill plays and oversees the care of the three largest and most famous pipe organs in the Kansas City area. The Kansas City Star reviewed her album “The Orchestral Organ,” saying it would “knock the socks off any music lover, even those who claim they don’t like organ music” and describing Kraybill as “a local treasure” with worldwide acclaim.

MOMENTA QUARTET
Sunday, March 26, 2023 :: 3 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Momenta: the plural of momentum. This is the idea behind Momenta Quartet, four individuals who are in motion towards a common goal. The ensemble’s eclectic vision encompasses contemporary music of all aesthetic backgrounds alongside great music from the recent and distant past. This New York City-based string quartet has collaborated with more than 250 living composers and was praised by the New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence.” Equally at home in standard repertoire, The New Yorker said, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.” This will be the ensemble’s first Fine Arts Series performance. 

HUB NEW MUSIC
Friday, April 14, 2023 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Praised as “contemporary chamber trailblazers” (Boston Globe), Hub New Music is a “nimble quartet of winds and strings” (NPR) forging new paths in 21st-century repertoire. The ensemble’s ambitious commissioning projects and “appealing programs” (New Yorker) celebrate the rich diversity of today’s classical music landscape. This Boston-based ensemble has commissioned dozens of new works and continues to usher in a fresh and culturally relevant body of work for its distinct combination of flute, clarinet, violin and cello. In their Fine Arts Series program, Hub New Music will premiere a new work by Timothy Kramer, Illinois College professor emeritus. This will be the ensemble’s first Fine Arts Series performance.

Fine Arts Series Ticket Information:

Adult season tickets are available for $70, and adult tickets to individual concerts are available for $15 per concert (with the exception of the opening family concert on Sept. 18 when tickets are $5). As always, students of all ages and children are admitted free of charge.

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 jennifer.phebus@ic.edu.