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10 Years of "McKendree presents" 2015-2016


David EaglemanDavid Eagleman
: Distinguished Speaker Series

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.


Neuroscientist David Eagleman directs the
Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is the author of the bestseller, “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.”

FREE!


Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015
 Distinguished Speaker Series

 


 


A Beautiful Mind (2001): Film Art SeriesA Beautiful Mind
(2001): Film Art Series

Thursday, September 24, 2015, @ 7:00 p.m.


The story of brilliant mathematician and Nobel Laureate John Nash and his nightmarish struggle with mental illness. Russell Crowe stars. Rated PG-13; 135 min.

An informal audience discussion follows each screening. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation


FREE!

Film Art Series

 


 


The Count Basie OrchestraCount Basie Orchestra

Thursday, October 1, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m. - JUST ADDED!
Friday, October 2, 2015, @
7:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT!


A phenomenon born in 1935 in Kansas City is still going strong today! Perhaps the finest swing band in the world, the CBO has won every jazz award there is to win, holds 18 Grammys and carries William “Count” Basie’s musical legacy forward into the 21st century.


Sponsored by David, Lynn, Gerry, and Sharon Cornell


$26 adult, $22 senior, $10 student/child

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Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the MoonClassic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon

Thursday, October 15, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.


After their sold-out show last year, these world-class professional studio musicians and vocalists return to the Hett to play classic Pink Floyd. Meticulously researched and lovingly recreated for you, track for track, note for note – LIVE!


Sponsored by theBank of Edwardsville

$22 adult, $18 senior, $10 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


St. Louis Brass BandSt. Louis Brass Band

Monday, October 19, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.


Euphonium soloist Patrick Sheridan and 28 professional brass and percussion musicians bring traditional English brass band sound to the Hett. The group has been ranked among the top 200 of its kind in the world. When they are not performing, the musicians work as college students, teachers, doctors and in other career fields.


FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: Distinguished Speaker SeriesKathleen Kennedy Townsend
: Distinguished Speaker Series

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.


The former Lt. Governor of Maryland, author, philanthropist, and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is a lifelong member of the Catholic Church who speaks and writes passionately about faith and politics.


Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series

 

 


Arts Midwest World Fest: Aysenur KolivarArts Midwest World Fest: Aysenur Kolivar

Thursday, October 22, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.


The Hett is the only Illinois venue to participate in the 10-state World Fest, as over the next two years exceptional artists from all over the world will spend a week working and performing in our community. In the first of two World Fest performances this season, Turkish folk songstress Aysenur Kolivar explores the music and traditions of her Black Sea heritage.

FREE! No Tickets Required - General Admission

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


Aquila Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesAquila Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Monday, October 26, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.


In this witty, fast paced production the legendary sleuth skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing intimate and useful details of a person’s life. Actors from the top British and American stages bring the acclaimed Aquila Theatre’s energetic, physical style to this new adaptation.

Sponsored by Robert and Grace Renner Welch Endowment


$15 adult, $12 senior, $5 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


The Third Man (1949): Film Art SeriesThe Third Man
(1949): Film Art Series

Monday, November 9, 2015, @ 7:00 p.m.


Where is Harry Lime? In one of the most influential film noir mystery thrillers of all time, an out-of-work novelist investigates the mysterious death of an old friend in post-war Vienna. Not rated; 93 min.

An informal audience discussion follows each screening. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation


FREE!

Film Art Series

 

 

 

Vienna Boys' Choir - SOLD OUT!Vienna Boys' Choir - SOLD OUT!

Sunday, November 22, 2015, @ 3:00 p.m.


The Vienna Boys’ Choir has thrilled audiences for over 500 years since its first performances in the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Maxmillian I in 1498. The angelic voices of the modern-day choir will fill the Hett with music for the holiday season.

Sponsored by George Obernagel

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Performance Series

 

 


Dr. James Kakalios: The Physics of SuperheroesDr. James Kakalios: The Physics of Superheroes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.


A professor of physics at the University of Minnesota, Dr. James Kakalios is an entertaining and highly sought after speaker. He explores physics with wit and charm, to make for an immersive and enjoyable learning experience.

FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series

 

 


United States Air Force Band of Mid-AmericaUnited States Air Force Band of Mid-America

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.


The popular annual holiday concert by the musical ambassadors of Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base returns for two nights again this year. Always a crowd pleasing favorite!

FREE!

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Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


COCA Presents: The Little DancerCOCA Presents: The Little Dancer

Sunday, December 20, 2015, @ 3:00 p.m.


The COCA holiday tradition returns! COCA’s Ballet Eclectica presents the tale of Degas’ famous statuette that comes to life and finds herself dancing through various works of art. This year, be inspired by the great works of the consummate masters—from choreographers, to painters, to composers. A co-presentation with St. Louis’ Center of Creative Arts.

Sponsored by Dr. Frank Spreng and Jane Spreng

$10 adult, $8 senior, $5 student/child

 

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


Tomas KubinekTomáš Kubínek

Saturday, January 23, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


Billed as a “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” the one and only Dr. Professor Tomáš Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer. A collision of theatre and music hall, his exuberant one-man show is an utterly joyous experience!


"Absolutely expert and consistently charming!”
-- The New York Times

“Inventive, hilarious, charming, disarming, irreverent, creative, and he works a crowd as few mortals can.” -- FoolProof Festival, Seattle

“Hilarious and enormously talented!” -- Time Out Magazine, U.K.

Sponsored by Country Financial

$15 adult, $12 senior, $5 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


The Devil's Backbone (2001): Film Art Series
The Devil's Backbone (2001): Film Art Series

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.


Set during the last week of the bloody Spanish Civil War, a sensitive boy is sent to an isolated orphanage full of dark secrets, horrors and the dead. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Rated R; 106 min.

An informal audience discussion follows each screening. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation

FREE!

Film Art Series

 

 


Chamber Project Saint LouisChamber Project Saint Louis

Thursday, January 28, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


Committed to keeping classical chamber music alive, vital and engaging, the Chamber Project of Saint Louis will make their debut on the Hett’s stage where they will be joined by soprano Stella Markou. This intimate evening of refined musicianship will feature selections by Massenet, Ravel and many more.

$15 adult, $12 senior, $5 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky: Distinguished Speaker Series
Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky:
Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, February 4, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


A writer and commentator on all things related to speed, she is the author of the book, “The Physics of NASCAR” and appears every other Friday on the SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90) “Speedway” satellite radio program to comment on current tech-related events.

FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series

 

 


VocalosityVocalosity

Monday, February 8, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


From creative master Deke Sharon, the music director and arranger of the hit movie “Pitch Perfect,” comes Vocalosity– a high octane night featuring the world’s best a cappella singers, exploring styles from the classic to the most YouTube-worthy hits. An “Aca-Perfect” musical experience!

$26 adult, $22 senior, $10 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


Celtic NightsCeltic Nights

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


Drawn from the history and folklore of Ireland and her Celtic cousins, Celtic Nights takes the audience on a stunning musical journey through song, dance, and storytelling with pride and passion.

Sponsored by Country Financial

$22 adult, $18 senior, $10 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 


Eisenhower Dance Ensemble: The Light ShowEisenhower Dance: The Light Show

Thursday, March 10, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


Michigan’s premiere contemporary dance company cleverly pairs four choreographers with four lighting designers. Incorporating unique lighting design in each work, the result is an evening of electrifying imagery and movement that reflects on life and human relationships. A visually striking evening of dance!

Sponsored by Dr. Betsy Gordon


$15 adult, $12 senior, $5 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 

 

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013): Film Art SeriesWe Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013): Film Art Series

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.


A fascinating, no-holds-barred documentary about the birth of controversial website WikiLeaks and its outlaw creator, Julian Assange. Rated R; 130 min.

An informal audience discussion follows each screening. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation

FREE!

Film Art Series

 

 

 

Aasif Mandvi: Distinguished Speaker SeriesAasif Mandvi: Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, March 31, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


“The Daily Show” correspondent brings his hilarious, skewering perspective on politics and foreign affairs to the Hett. Known for his entertaining and insightful “on location” reporting, Aasif Mandvi has appeared in film and on television, and won an OBIE Award for his one-man play, "Sakina’s Restaurant."

FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series

 

 


Cameron Carpenter featuring the International Touring OrganCameron Carpenter featuring the International Touring Organ

Thursday, April 7, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


Virtuoso composer-performer Cameron Carpenter smashes the stereotypes of organists and organ music, all the while generating worldwide acclaim and controversy. His diverse repertoire includes the complete works of Bach, film scores, original works and collaborations with jazz and pop artists.


“Extravagantly talented… ” — The New York Times

Sponsored by Betty H. Ford and the late Col. William Ford

$22 adult, $18 senior, $10 student/child

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 

 

Arts Midwest World Fest: BaladinoArts Midwest World Fest: Baladino

Friday, April 29, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


The Hett’s participation in the 10-state World Fest brings another group of exceptional artists to our area for a week long residency. The season’s second World Fest event features Mediterranean folk band Baladino, an Israeli world music ensemble than blends centuries-old melodies and sounds carried to Israel from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Arabic countries.

FREE! No Tickets Required - General Admission

Tickets on Sale - September 8, 2015 Performance Series

 

 

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