The Hett to Host Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra on Oct. 20

Benefit Concert will Support Radio Arts Foundation

(LEBANON, Ill., September 28, 2018) — The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts will host the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., in a concert to benefit the Radio Arts Foundation (RAF).

Joining host Jim Doyle, of RAF 107.3 FM, and the orchestra will be guest pianists Ian Gindes, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue,” and Elena Ulyanova, performing Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2, Third Movement.” The program will also feature light classical and pops favorites including Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” and medleys from “West Side Story,” “A Chorus Line,” “Les Miserables” and “My Fair Lady.” Robert Hart Baker, BPO music director, will conduct.

Tickets are $25 each and available at:

The concert will benefit RAF’s efforts to expand its radio coverage and enable it to reach more of the Metro East. “The Hett is proud to be a sponsor of this concert and supports RAF’s efforts to bring classical music back to the airwaves in the Metro East,” said Peter Palermo, director of the Hettenhausen Center at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.

Radio Arts Foundation-Saint Louis was created in 2013 by people who believe a vibrant art and culture community is essential to the region. Listeners may tune into 107.3 FM or 96.3 HD2 to enjoy programming spanning a variety of genres including orchestral, chamber, jazz, blues, opera and symphonic music. The station can be live streamed via the web or through the RAF-STL app, which is available on the iTunes store.

The Philharmonic Society of Belleville is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts in the community. Founded in 1866, it has been an integral part of providing musical experience for musicians and music lovers. It is the second oldest continuously operating orchestra in the U.S.

The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts—“The Hett”—is Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz.  The 488-seat auditorium is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Ill., 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.