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The Illinois College Fine Arts Series kicks off its 41st season bringing outstanding, inspiring music to the Jacksonville area.

Friday, October 16, 2020 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Download the Virtual Recital Program

Our 41st season opens with a virtual recital by Central Illinois' own renowned soprano, KAREN FERGURSON! A native of Greenfield, Illinois, Karen has won prize in several major vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera auditions. She has established a commanding vocal career in Europe, and has returned to this area several times to thrill our audiences. She will be joined by her husband, brilliant tenor FRANCISCO ALMANZA, in a wonderfully varied program, including music from opera, operetta, Broadway musicals, Italian and Mexican folk songs and more, sure to please a broad audience.

If you'd like to ensure that we can continue to bring varied and exciting arts opportunities to the Jacksonville community, please consider making a gift to Illinois College Fine Arts Series today


2020 - 2021 Upcoming Series Events

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 :: 6:30 p.m. :: Virtual Family Event

Children and adults alike will feel the Halloween spirit when they see and hear Jacksonville's master storyteller MIKE ANDERSON spin spooky tales of the season. Anderson's combination of music, storytelling and humor has made him a much sought-after performer throughout the Midwest. This creepy event will be presented online for the entire family to enjoy at home!

Friday, January, 29, 2021 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Virtual Concert

The highly-acclaimed vocal ensemble, Chicago a cappella, who visited IC in 2008, will present an unforgettable virtual concert, "The History of Rock and Soul." This high energy program will warm your winter evening with jazz, gospel, country, folk, blue, rockabilly and much more. Plus, this online program will whet your appetite for the group's return to our stage, live and in person in 2021-22, with a totally new and different program!

Friday, February 26, 2021 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Illinois College alumnus and audience favorite, HOMER FERGUSON III '00, returns to the Hilltop to perform in Rammelkamp Chapel. A stunning performer and insightful musician, his varied program is sure to please the entire audience. IC faculty member CHRISTIAN SECRIST will join in an exciting piece for saxophone and organ. Ferguson has served churches in several denominations and states, and is currently organist/choirmaster at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 :: 6:30 p.m. :: Family Event in Sibert Theatre

Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, folk musician and educator from Central Illinois, CHRIS VALLILLO will present this lively, family-oriented program, which traces the songs of rural Illinois, from the first pioneers through the era of steamboats, trains and early radio (including the Carter Family and JIMMIE RODGERS), and their impact on our lives today, while also performing on vintage instruments. This program is sure to delight both adults and children of all ages. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

We conclude our 41st season with the renowned Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Alumni from the 1956-1978 Stan Kenton orchestras, plus some fine young new members, come together to perform some of the well known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus, in keeping with Kenton's insistence on not just performing nostalgic music, the orchestra performs fresh material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material by members of the band. Don't miss this 18-piece big band, which is carrying on Kenton's tradition of dedication to creative music and jazz education.

Virtual Season Ticket Information

This year we will offer a mix of virtual and live programs, and are prepared to shift plans to protect the health of our audience due to the pandemic if needed. We plan to present two events in the first half of the season, and four events in the second half, in the hope that there will be fewer restrictions on live attendance later in the season.

For our virtual presentations, we will provide a link ABOVE before the event so you can enjoy the program from the comfort of your own home.

Due to the number of virtual concerts to be presented at no charge, we will not offer a season ticket this year. Adult single tickets for live concerts will be available at the door (or in advance by phone, two weeks before the performance) at no increase in price from last season:

  • No charge :: Virtual, Online Programs - October 16, October 21 and January 29
  • $ 5.00 :: Live Family Event with Storyteller - March 17 in Sibert Theatre
  • $15.00 :: Live Concerts - February 26 and April 17 in Rammelkamp Chapel

As always, students of all ages and children are admitted free of charge. If you purchased a season ticket last season (2019-2020), it will be honored at our final two events this season, on March 17 and April 17.

While there is no charge for the virtual concerts, donations to cover artist fees and support the program are welcome.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Phebus ’07 at 217.245.3192 or