The Illinois College Fine Arts Series kicks off its 40th season bringing outstanding, inspiring music to the Jacksonville area.
2019 - 2020 Upcoming Series Events
KHASMA PIANO DUO :: Sunday, February 9, 2020 :: 3 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
The Khasma Piano Duo returns to the Rammelkamp stage for an engaging evening of brilliant music for piano duet and two pianos. Pianists Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo enjoy a national reputation for the quality and enthusiasm of their performances. They are dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, and have premiered piano duets by a number of notable living composers. Their performance here will include music by three major, pioneering composers of the 20th century, Boulez, Debussy and Messiaen.
STEPHEN THARP, ORGANIST :: Friday, February 21, 2020 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
We are thrilled to bring back one of Illinois College’s very own, virtuoso organist Stephen Tharp ’92. A magna cum laude graduate of Illinois College, Mr. Tharp has become one of the world’s great organists, a consummate musician, renowned for performances that are both insightful and exciting. He has concertized throughout the United States and Europe (he recently completed his 58th concert tour of Europe), was organist at both St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, and was official organist for the New York visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. The Dallas Morning News wrote that he is “one of the most brilliant concert organists around these days,” and Diapason magazine called him “the best organist in America.”
THE STAN KENTON LEGACY ORCHESTRA :: Friday, April 24, 2020 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
We conclude our 40th anniversary season with an exciting group, new to Jacksonville, The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Alumni from the 1956-1978 Stan Kenton orchestras, plus some wonderful 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 nostalgia type music, the orchestra performs fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the band. The ensemble enjoys the blessing Leslie Kenton, Stan Kenton’s eldest daughter, who approves of all the Orchestra is doing to keep the Kenton Legacy alive. Don’t miss this 18-piece big band, which is carrying on Kenton’s tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.
2019 - 2020 Past Series Events
CAROLBETH TRUE TRIO WITH DEBBY LENNON :: Saturday, September 14, 2019 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
Death by Chocolate featuring the Rob Killam Trio :: Sunday, September 29, 2019 :: 3-4:30 p.m. (open house style) :: Barnes House
ENGELBACH-HART MUSIC FESTIVAL
- CHRISTINE BREWER, SOPRANO, WITH PIANO AND CELLO :: Thursday, October 17, 2019 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
- FACULTY COLLAGE :: Friday, October 18, 2019 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel
TALES AFTER DARK :: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 :: 6:30 p.m. :: Illinois College campus
BRADBURY BY BRADBURY :: Sibert Theatre :: November 7 - 10 | Sibert Theatre
Family Night Series
To expand the celebration of our 40th anniversary, we’ve added two Family Night events: shorter narrated programs by area storytellers and musicians, designed to appeal to both children and adults, starting at the “kid-friendly” time of 6:30 p.m. on two Wednesday evenings. Adult admission to Family Night events is included in the Series season ticket. Single adult admission to each Family Night event is just $5, and, as always, children and students are admitted free of charge.
THE ROOTS OF RURAL MUSIC :: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 :: 6:30 p.m. :: 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 America, 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.