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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 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

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.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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