McKendree Presents Series


Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Friday, September 29, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Straight from Nashville, five-time Grammy winner and Music City legend Marty Stuart (“Hillbilly Rock,” “Tempted,” “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’”) brings his band to the Hett for a honky-tonkin’, boot tappin’ homecoming concert. An eclectic performer and flamboyant showman, Stuart bridges the strong traditional-bluegrass-gospel past of country music with the newer rockabilly, Southern Rock, contemporary sound.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart was obsessed with country music. He learned the guitar and mandolin as a child and at age 12, began his music career with the Sullivan Family, a bluegrass group. As a teenager, he moved to Nashville to join legendary bluegrass master Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass. After six years playing behind Johnny Cash, he was ready to pursue a solo career with his own band in 1985.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1993, he now occupies the dressing room that once  belonged to his heroes—Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, Marty Robbins, and Porter Wagoner.

Generously supported by David, Lynn, Jerry and Sharon Cornell

$30 Adult, $28 Senior, $15 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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  Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina

Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina

Saturday, October 7, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Making its Hett debut, this dramatic, passionate and thrilling company of dancers and musicians brings the essence of Argentina to the stage. Tango Buenos Aires is one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango.

The sensuous dance was influenced by African and Spanish immigrants and the milonga, a style of singing often performed by gauchos, the Argentine cowboys. In the beginning the tango was an ill-famed dance fashionable in bars, dance halls and cabarets. The choreography allows for a lot of creativity, requiring breaks in the rhythm and perfect coordination between the dancers, who hold each other very close.

Tango’s constant companion is the piano, although it has been accompanied by the violin, guitar and flute. Nowadays, the most typical instrument is the bandóneon, which is an accordion similar to the concertina.

“Repeatedly crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings.” - The Washington Post

Generously supported by Dr. Betsy Gordon


$28 Adult, $26 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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Play the Broadway's Next Hit Musical Video

Broadway's Next Hit Musical

Friday, October 27, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Every song is fresh. Every scene is unscripted and new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny!

The next great American musical could be written by YOU, at the Hett! Master improvisers gather made up, hit song title suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised, Broadway-style musical—complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical has been performed at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called it “remarkable.”

“Hilarious!” - The New York Times

“At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” – Time Out NY

$20 Adult, $18 Senior, $10 Student/Child, $5 McKendree Faculty/Staff, McKendree University Students FREE

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Play the Hot Sardines Video

Hot Sardines

Thursday, November 9, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Take the brassy, syncopated sounds of a Roaring Twenties Parisian cabaret, add a sultry voiced siren, and you have the Hot Sardines. Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the ensemble is on a mission to make decades-old music sound new again and transport listeners to a different era.

Bandleader Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 through a Craigslist ad about a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. She was a London School of Economics-educated travel writer who grew up in France, Canada and the Ivory Coast. He was a New York City-born and raised actor. The unlikely pair bonded over their mutual love for Fats Waller. Influenced also by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, they began playing open mic nights and small gigs and in 2011, headlined Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center.

The Hot Sardines’ self-titled debut album—named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014—spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart.

“Simply phenomenal, crisp musicianship going hand in hand with immaculate and witty showmanship.” - The Times of London

“One of the best jazz bands in NY today.” - Forbes

Corporate Sponsor: Country Financial

$28 Adult, $26 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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 Play the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Video

United States Air Force Band of Mid-America

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


The musical ambassadors of Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base return to the Hett for THREE wonderful nights of patriotic, joyful, and uplifting music sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Concert Band is composed of 45 enlisted professional musicians who represent the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the U.S. Air Force. The ensemble’s diverse repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks and traditional marches to modern compositions and jazz. The band also features professional vocal soloists performing a wide variety of popular, classical, patriotic, and holiday selections. A guaranteed holiday favorite!


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State Street Dance Company and Hett present: The Nutcracker

State Street Dance Company and Hett present: The Nutcracker

Friday, December 15, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts and State Street Dance Company proudly co-present the timeless holiday classic, featuring local dance talent and principals from leading professional companies. The Nutcracker, a two-act Russian ballet with a famous score by Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky, premiered in 1892 and has become a beloved Christmas season tradition. This enchanting adventure follows young Clara and her Nutcracker doll from a lavish Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King. Their magical journey continues through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy.

State Street Dance Company is a semi-professional ensemble housed in O’Fallon’s dancestation school of dance.  Dancestation provides a fun, enjoyable, non-competitive, and nurturing environment for dance students ages three to 18. Good ballet training is the basis for success in most areas of dance so strong emphasis is placed on ballet techniques but jazz, tap, modern dance, pointe, hip-hop and Broadway classes are offered as well.

Generously supported by Dr. Frank Spreng and Mrs. Jane Spreng

Corporate Sponsor: Mathis, Marifian and Richter Attorneys at Law

$20 Adult or Senior, $10 student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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 Moscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote

Moscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote

Sunday, January 21, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


Leading dancers from across Russia, forged under Bolshoi Ballet veteran Sergei Radchenko’s direction, perform a new production of the timeless tale of chivalrous ideals – Don Quixote.

The full-length, three-act ballet concentrates on the love affair between Kitri and the barber Basilio from Volume Two of Cervantes’ masterpiece. The characters of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza merely serve as a thread to link various scenes of the ballet. A striking pas de deux performed by Kitri and Basil during their wedding festivities is famous for its flair and stamina.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, brought together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company. In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, it specializes in 20th century full-length ballets.

The company tours throughout Europe, Asia, and extensively throughout the U.S.

“This was an afternoon that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.” — Las Vegas Review-Journal

“An impressive performance of a classical ballet, energized with dramatic expression and sensational steps.” — The Chronicle; Durham, North Carolina

Generously supported by Mr. Randy Wells

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

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 Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Saturday, February 3, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


Canada’s classic rock curators return to the Hett for a fourth time to recreate one of rock’s greatest selling albums of all time (45 million), performed note for note, cut for cut. The drama-filled 11th studio album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac was released on Feb 4, 1977. Hits include “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” and “You Make Loving Fun.”

Founded in 2003 by musician Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live is a Toronto-based collective of musicians who perform rock albums in their entirety. Professional studio musicians and vocalists go to great lengths to faithfully research and recreate every sound as it is heard on the original album. Unlike a tribute band, Classic Albums Live shows are treated like recitals, as an entire album is perfectly executed, followed by a second set of the band’s greatest hits.

Corporate Sponsor: theBank of Edwardsville

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

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 Play the Doktor Kaboom! Video

Doktor Kaboom!

Monday, February 12, 2018, @ 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.


Using comedy as a tool for learning, the hilarious Doktor Kaboom teaches kids about the fundamentals of science. Sporting chrome goggles, an orange lab coat, and motorcycle boots, “Doktor Kaboom” is an over the top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds. The character is the creation of actor-comedian David Epley, who is also a U.S. Army veteran and a former firefighter and EMT.

Epley grew up expecting to be a research physicist. Then a biomedical engineer. Then a mathematician, an astrophysicist, a chemical engineer, a marine biologist. So, of course, he became an actor. For almost 30 years he has written, directed, and performed original comedy shows at outdoor festivals, street performances, and on stage. In 2006, he decided to bring science, his original passion, back into his life. Blending science and theater has been a dream come true, he says, opening multiple doors, and leading to the most fulfilling work of his career.

$15 Adult, $12 Senior, $8 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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 Play the VOCES8 Video


Sunday, February 18, 2018, @ 3:00 p.m.


The eight beautifully integrated voices of VOCES8 weave a magnificent a cappella sound. Formed in 2005, the versatile British vocal ensemble performs a diverse repertoire ranging from early English and European Renaissance choral works to jazz, pop and original arrangements. The members are sopranos Andrea Haines and Emily Dickens; counter-tenors Chris Wardle and Barnaby Smith; tenors Blake Morgan and Sam Dressel; baritone Rob Clark and bass Jonathan Pacey.

VOCES8 tours extensively throughout Europe, North America and, Asia, and is heard regularly on international television and radio. The ensemble’s two albums, “Eventide” and “Lux,” have been at the top of the classical chart upon their release. Inspiring creativity and excellence through music, the singers lead a series of workshops reaching over 20,000 people annually worldwide and their innovative education work has been praised by UNESCO.

“The singing of Voces 8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” – Gramophone Magazine

“The slickest of the lot... fans of a cappella ought to hear this.” – BBC Radio 3

Generously supported by Mr. George Obernagel

$26 Adult, $24 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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 Play the Russian String Orchestra Video

Russian String Orchestra

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


The 14-piece orchestra, under the creative baton of founder and Music Director Misha Rachlevsky, has mesmerized audiences around the world since 1991. Featuring some of finest young string players in Russia, the orchestra is known for its warmth, creativity, and captivating concerts. Its signature quality is the depth and variety of its repertoire, from early baroque to compositions written on commission. The orchestra prides itself in offering interesting and often unique programs not only for its home audience but also on tour.

The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d'Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.

Generously supported by the Robert and Grace Renner Welch Endowment

$26 Adult, $24 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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Play the TAO: Drum Heart Video

TAO: Drum Heart

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


Japan's most celebrated company of martial arts drummers combines musicianship, athleticism, humor, and choreography with the ancient art of taiko drumming to create an explosive and dazzling experience. Offering a modern take on a timeless art, TAO artists play pounding melodies with extreme precision on traditional Japanese drums.

“Drum Heart” is the latest production from the internationally acclaimed percussion troupe. The energetic performance features highly physical, large-scale drumming, contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals.

Established in 1993 in Japan, TAO has performed hundreds of sold-out shows for more than six million spectators worldwide. Critics rave about the extraordinary precision, energy and stamina of its highly trained, expressive performers.

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists … The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” — Chicago Tribune

“The highly acclaimed debut of Drum TAO in Broadway will represent not only Japanese entertainment but Japan itself.” – Newsweek

Corporate Sponsor: Country Financial

$32 Adult, $30 Senior, $15 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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Play the Anat Cohen Tentet Video

Anat Cohen Tentet

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” for eight years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, Anat Cohen returns to the Hett after her showstopping performance at our 10th Anniversary Gala. This time she brings a tentet of collaborators and explores new instrumental possibilities within her music. With her 10-piece band, Cohen is able to create a tapestry of sound and an evocative, exciting experience centered around the clarinet.

Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, the New York City-based clarinetist-saxophonist has won over audiences throughout the world with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Her seventh album Luminosa, an interpretative collection of Brazilian classics, was released in 2015.

“…the most interesting clarinetist of her generation” — The Boston Globe

“Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group…” – DownBeat

$26 Adult, $24 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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