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McKendree presents 2016-2017

 

10th Anniversary Gala

10th Anniversary Gala - GET TICKETS NOW!

Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m.


The Hett celebrates its tenth anniversary with an unforgettable evening of all-star entertainment by soprano Christine Brewer, The Peter Martin Quintet featuring clarinetist Anat Cohen, vocalist Brian Owens, MADCO Dance and more.

Evening Sponsor: Dr. James M. Dennis and Dr. Cynthia Cherrey
Evening Supporters: Mr. Michael F. Gauble ’66 and Mrs. Kay Gauble ’66
                            Mr. Gary Graham and Mrs. Lucia K. Graham


Table for 10 (limited availability), $1,000

Guaranteed priority concert seating when purchased before August 1st!

Valet, cocktails, pre-show dinner, concert and after party.

For reservations, please contact the Hett Box Office!

Single Concert Ticket & Pre-Show Dinner (limited), $110

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Single Concert Ticket only, $60

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Play Saving Private Ryan (1998) Video TrailerSaving Private Ryan
(1998)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, @ 7:00 p.m.


A company of American soldiers lands at Normandy and goes behind enemy lines to find a paratrooper. Winner of five Academy Awards, the film depicts the brutal realities of war, along with its honor and idealism.  Rated R; 2 hours, 49 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


 


Play Arts Midwest World Fest: Anda Union (China) VideoArts Midwest World Fest: Anda Union (China)

Friday, September 30, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


Nine band members from several ethnic nomadic cultures unite their tribal and musical traditions, styles and influences from Inner and Outer Mongolia. As the only Illinois venue in the 10-state program called World Fest, the Hett hosts these exceptional artists for a weeklong residency, September 25-30, culminating with public concert at the Hett.

St. Louis Arts Experience
$5, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016  Performance Series button

 


 


The Four Freshmen - SOLD OUT!The Four Freshmen - SOLD OUT!

Friday, October 14, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


Four-part harmony, a touch of elegance, a splash of swing and a whole lot of fun! The vocalists have changed over 68 years yet their legendary sound remains the same. Hear the quartet that inspired the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, The Mamas & The Papas and the Manhattan Transfer.


Sponsored by David, Lynn, Gerry and Sharon CornellSt. Louis Arts Experience

Become a Friend of the Hett to receive an advanced ticket purchase privilege!


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Play Beyond Glory with Stephen Lang VideoBeyond Glory

Friday, November 11, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


On Veterans Day, acclaimed stage and screen star Stephen Lang (Avatar) shares emotional and heroic true stories of eight Medal of Honor recipients in his spellbinding one-man show.

“A powerful reminder of the hardships, psychic stresses and physical dangers that men and women endure on the front lines.” – The New York Times

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

$26 Adult, $22 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button  Distinguished Speaker Series

 


Play Macbeth (2015) Video TrailerMacbeth
(2015)

Monday, November 21, 2016, @ 7:00 p.m.


After murdering King Duncan and seizing the throne, Macbeth becomes consumed with guilt and paranoia in Shakespeare’s bloody tale of the Scottish tyrant. 
Rated R; 1 hour, 53 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

 


Danú: A Christmas Gathering (Féile Na Nollag) - SOLD OUT!Danú: A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag - SOLD OUT!

Sunday, December 4, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


One of Ireland’s leading traditional music and dance ensembles. The group features high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient and contemporary songs and stories from its homeland. A moving and memorable holiday celebration for Celtic music lovers!

“… a vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy” – The Washington Post
“… fierce fiddle reels to pensive ballads” – The New York Times
“… stirs the blood and lifts the heart” – Irish Music Magazine

Sponsored by Mr. George Obernagel

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Play United States Air Force Band of Mid-America VideoUnited States Air Force Band of Mid-America

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 8, 2016, @7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, @ 7:30 p.m.


The popular holiday concert by the musical ambassadors of Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base is a perennial Hett favorite!


FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button  

 

 


Play Russian National Ballet Theatre: Chopiniana / Romeo and Juliet VideoRussian National Ballet Theatre: Chopiniana / Romeo and Juliet

Sunday, January 8, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


The enchanting music of Chopin and Tchaikovsky and the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers is interpreted by exquisite dancing, colorful costumes and the courtly elegance of Imperial Russia.

Sponsored by Mr. Randy Wells

$22 Adult, $18 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button  

 

 


Play The Improvised Shakespeare Company VideoThe Improvised Shakespeare Company

Thursday, January 26, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Based on one audience member’s suggestion, the cast—having brushed up on its “thees” and “thous”—creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each play is completely unplanned, unrehearsed and therefore entirely new!

“Consistently hilarious” – The Chicago Reader

Sponsored by Country Financial Country Financial Logo

$18 Adult, $15 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button 

 

 


Play Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II VideoClassic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II

Thursday, February 2, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


After two sold-out shows, these professional studio musicians and vocalists are back to recreate another of rock’s greatest sounds—the thundering swagger of Led Zeppelin II. Meticulously researched and lovingly recreated, track for track, note for note – LIVE!

Sponsored by TheBank of Edwardsville The Bank of Edwardsville logo

$26 Adult, $22 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button 

 


Play Do the Right Thing (1989) Video Trailer
Do the Right Thing (1989)

Black History Month Festival

Thursday, February 7, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.


In a predominantly black neighborhood, a pizzeria’s Italian actor-only Wall of Fame becomes a neighborhood flashpoint in this drama which focuses on the question of urban racism.  Rated R; 2 hours.

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

 

 

Play Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Tresured Stories VideoMermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Tresured Stories

Saturday, February 11, 2017, @ 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.


An imaginative blend of puppetry and striking scenic effects bring to life children’s storybook favorites by Eric Carle, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.

Sponsored by Dr. Frank Spreng and Mrs. Jane Spreng

$15 Adult, $12 Senior, $5 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button

 

 

Play Dear White People (2014) Video TrailerDear White People (2014)

Black History Month Festival

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.


A campus culture wear between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party.  Rated R; 1 hour, 48 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

 


Play Le Vent du Nord (Canada) VideoArts Midwest World Fest: Le Vent du Nord (Canada)

Friday, February 24, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Considered a driving force in progressive folk music, the Canadian musicians infuse their traditional Québécois repertoire with a breath of fresh air in catchy songs and innovative arrangements. Their February 19-24 residency in the community ends with a public concert at the Hett as part of the 10-state World Fest event.St. Louis Arts Experience

$5, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button  

 

 

Play The Birth of a Nation (2016) VideoThe Birth of a Nation (2016)

Black History Month Festival

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.


In the antebellum South, a former slave leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia that results in a violent retaliation.  Rated R; 1 hour, 59 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

 


Play The Willis Clan VideoThe Willis Clan

Thursday, March 2, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


These 12 incredibly talented brothers and sisters are accomplished singers, songwriters, dancers, athletes and artists. Originally from Chicago, the Nashville-based family’s breakout performance on season nine of “America’s Got Talent” has led to a reality TV show and over 60 performances at the Grand Ole Opry.


Sponsored by Country FinancialCountry Financial Logo

$22 Adult, $18 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button  

 


the Idea Lab - Call for Submissionsthe idea lab

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Modeled after the hugely popular TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design), this event will bring together a group of informative and performative speakers for one night of fascinating talks and ideas. 
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Deadline Sept. 1

$5 Public, McKendree University Students FREE

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016  Distinguished Speaker Series

 


Play Philip Fortenberry VideoPhilip Fortenberry

Thursday, March 23, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


A versatile conductor, director and pianist, Fortenberry brings his critically acclaimed piano performance to the Hett. His incomparable technique (those were his hands on the piano in the HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra”), along with his passion, wit and elegance will make for a memorable evening.


Sponsored by The Robert and Grace Renner Welch Endowment

$18 Adult, $15 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button  

 


Play Elizabeth Gilbert VideoElizabeth Gilbert

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Author Elizabeth Gilbert has been a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Award. Her blockbuster, Eat, Pray, Love, spent 57 weeks at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List.

$10 Public, McKendree University Students FREE

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016  Distinguished Speaker Series

 

 


Play Parsons Dance VideoParsons Dance

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


One of the great creators of contemporary dance in America, David Parsons’ New York company is universally hailed for its athleticism, joyfulness and technical skill. Parsons Dance is artful, entertaining, sexy and smart. Uplifting, vibrant, accessible and exciting modern dance!


“One of modern dance’s greatest living dance-makers” – New York Magazine

Sponsored by Mr. Gary Graham and Mrs. Lucia K. Graham

$22 Adult, $18 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

Tickets on Sale - September 6, 2016 Noon  Performance Series button  

 

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