Illinois College announces its 33rd annual Fine Arts Series which is schedule to kick-off in September. This year, in addition to world-class concerts and performances, IC will offer a variety of free public master classes, workshops and lectures in connection with the 2012-2013 Fine Arts Series. The goal is to provide an intimate and educational experience with artists scheduled to visit the hilltop campus and to help further develop the Jacksonville creative community. Season subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale now. Capitol Steps Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Performance | 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps began in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created a special brand of satirical humor. Since they began, they have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run — for President. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on NPR stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials. Their logo says it all: We put the mock in Democracy. Cantus Vocal Ensemble Saturday, February 23, 2013 Workshop | 2 pm | FREE Concert | 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed as the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), the group’s adventurous musical choices have garnered high praise, and the Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” This a cappella group will amaze and delight. This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Illinois College. Jade Simmons, pianist (with JSO) Saturday, May 4, 2013 Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand, pianist Jade Simmons, featured artist on the 2011 Engelbach-Hart Music Festival, returns to Jacksonville to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Join us for this momentous event as the JSO celebrates their 50th anniversary season! The concert will also feature a new work by Illinois College composer Timothy Kramer specifically commissioned for this occasion.
Tickets for the 2011-2012 Illinois College Fine Arts Series are $50 and include admission to all six performances. Individual concert tickets cost $15. The concert series offers free admission to students of all ages, regardless of where they attend school. All performances will take place in Rammelkamp Chapel.
Contact the Office of Advancement at 217-245-3069 or firstname.lastname@example.org for complete ticket information. Greater detail about each performance is available at www.ic.edu/fas.