Saint Louis Wind Symphony in Concert at the Hett on Nov. 20

Lebanon, Ill. — The Saint Louis Wind Symphony will perform at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. part of the ensemble’s “Salute to the American Spirit" this season.

Wind Symphony musicians include McKendree faculty members Dr. Rick Acuncius of the Education Department, clarinet instructor Connie Galbraith, and brass methods instructor Greg Allen, as well as alumni Jennifer Freeman-Talley '94 and Chris Gass '07.

Established in 1998, the 65-member, all-volunteer concert band’s mission is to give St. Louis area music educators and professionals opportunities to perform. Performing under the direction of Dan Presgrave, its repertoire embraces both classical and contemporary woodwind compositions, patriotic marches, show tunes and jazz. Learn more about the Wind Symphony at its website,

The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts—“The Hett”—is Southern Illinois’s premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz.

The Hett’s 2011-12 season continues:

Dec. 1 – Jane Monheit, jazz for the holidays

Dec. 5 – U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, annual holiday concert (SOLD OUT)

Dec. 17 – COCA Presents: The Little Dancer, by Ballet Eclectica

Jan. 25, 2012 – Dailey and Vincent, the rock stars of bluegrass

Feb. 4 – Ballet Memphis: S’épanouir and Other Works, moving and evocative dance

Feb. 28 – Aquila Theatre Company: Macbeth, a reinterpretation of a Shakespeare classic

Mar. 8 – ScrapArtsMusic, raw energy, percussion and offbeat instruments

Mar. 17 – Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Mar. 19 – Saint Louis Symphony Monday

Mar. 22 – Soweto Gospel Choir, the rhythm and rich harmonies of South Africa

Apr. 22 – World Champion Trinity Irish Dancers, a national treasure (SOLD OUT)

Apr. 27 – Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra

May 6 – Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra