Illinois College Fine Arts Series kicks off with virtual concerts
The Illinois College Fine Arts Series is presenting its 41st season, “The Show Must Go On!,” beginning with two virtual performances this fall.
The public is invited to watch the free virtual concerts live by visiting the website at www.ic.edu/FAS where a concert link will be posted a few days before the event.
The season begins with a recital by soprano Karen Fergurson on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The performance will premiere online at 7:30 p.m. and will be available on demand for a week.
Fergurson is a renowned soprano and native of Greenfield, Illinois. She is well known throughout Central Illinois and has won prizes in several major vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera auditions. She will be joined by her husband, brilliant tenor Francisco Almanza, in a wonderfully varied program, including music from opera, Broadway musicals, Italian and Mexican folk songs and more designed to appeal to a broad audience.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Mike Anderson will present “Tales After Dark,” a virtual family event beginning at 6:30 p.m. This performance will also be available online and on demand until Nov. 1.
Anderson will spin spooky tales of the season during his Halloween themed show. The family-friendly performance will showcase Anderson’s talents in music, storytelling and humor that has made him a highly sought-after performer throughout the Midwest.
The Fine Arts Series will continue in 2021 with an additional virtual performance by Chicago a cappella and three spring concerts being planned in Rammelkamp Chapel. A full schedule of the season is available at www.ic.edu/FAS.
While there is no charge for the virtual concerts, donations to cover artist fees and support the program are welcome and can be made by contacting Jennifer Phebus ’07 at 217.245.3192.