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, Illinois, 25 miles from St. Louis.


COVID Update:
Effective immediately, the wearing of masks and face coverings indoors at McKendree University will be optional for everyone except in some specific settings. Face coverings may be required indoors, at the discretion of the artist, at certain public events. Protocols for these particular occasions will be clearly articulated in the event announcements.




Philip Fortenberry

Philip Fortenberry

Friday, September 16 @ 7:30 p.m.

Legendary Pianist

As a versatile artist whose style encompasses a wide range of musical genres, Philip Fortenberry is a performer with an equally expansive career. Philip was the pianist and Associate Conductor for the Broadway musical Rocky, where he also received the inaugural “Ghostlight Award” as Best Musician on Broadway. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as the pianist/conductor for legendary entertainer, Eartha Kitt, and later returned in concert with The Three Irish Tenors. Philip’s critically acclaimed solo cabaret concert, The Man at the Piano, continues to play to sold-out houses at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Generously Supported By: Mr. William Eckert & Mrs. Janet Eckert ‘89

FRIENDS: ADULT/SENIOR/YOUTH $25.00 / $23.00 / $10.00
PUBLIC: ADULT/SENIOR/YOUTH $31.25 / $28.75 / $12.50


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ABBA Mania

ABBA Mania

Saturday, September 24 @ 7:30 p.m.

'70s Rock Icon Retrospective

From London’s West End to Las Vegas, ABBA Mania is the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute and has been delighting audiences around the world for more than two decades. In an exhilarating two-hour recreation of ABBA’s last-ever concert, ABBA Mania brings to life the flamboyance of the '70s and all the uplifting, dance-inducing, and sometimes heart-breaking songs from the Swedish supergroup, fully live with fantastic costumes, staging, lighting, and effects. For lifelong ABBA fans or the new generation of fans who never had the opportunity to see ABBA live, ABBA Mania is the perfect excuse to party, relive the memories of the band that took over the disco world, or simply be entertained by incredible music!

Generously Supported By: President Daniel C. Dobbins ’81 and Mrs. Mickey Dobbins ’81

FRIENDS: ADULT/SENIOR/YOUTH $30.00/ $28.00 / $10.00
PUBLIC: ADULT/SENIOR/YOUTH $37.50 / $35.00 / $12.50


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Navy Band Great Lakes Woodwind Quintet – Fair Winds

U.S. Navy Fair Winds

Wednesday, September 28 @ 7:00 p.m.

Military Chamber Group

Comprised of professional musicians, Navy Band Great Lakes provides musical support for military and public engagements throughout the Midwest. These musicians perform more than 550 missions per year through support for military ceremonies, student education, and public performances. Fair Winds is a versatile woodwind ensemble with a repertoire consisting of a variety of styles including classical, military marches, and patriotic compositions. This small chamber group performs for military engagements, public concerts, recitals, and educational clinics and performs for audiences throughout the Midwest, supporting Navy and Navy recruiting missions.



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