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.




Stand with UkraineStand with Ukraine

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 6 p.m.

Join McKendree University's Center for Faith & Spirituality & the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)  for a star studded evening to support Ukraine. There is a minimum donation of $25.00 per person to attend this all star concert. 

Master of Ceremony: Mr. Tim Ezell, Host of The Thread

Featuring the Praise Team and Anointed Handz Ministry of New Shining Light Church of Venice, IL.

Special guest performances by Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer, professor of keyboards Alla Voskoboynikova, cellist Marie Brown, choral director Andy Waggoner, Tim Price and Harvest Ministry, Leon Richardson, and Scott Nolda.

100% of your donation will go directly for Ukraine Relief through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

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Friends of the Hett are entitled to a number of benefits and perks including ticket exchange privileges and advance ticket purchase opportunities.


Hett Building at Night 

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Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts center is available for rental and special events.