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:
As per Restore Illinois and new CDC guidelines our campus policy is that vaccinated people on campus do NOT have to wear a mask or social distance. We have also returned room capacities to 100% per Restore Illinois guidelines. All unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask.




Miles of Wire

Miles of Wire

Saturday, August 28, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.


$10 Adult, $10 Senior, $10 Child, $10 McKendree University Students


Tickets on Sale - August 23 at Noon button  Discovery Series button


Listen on Spotify




Lauren Thompson

Dr. Lauren (LT) Thompson

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.

History Professor

Dr. Lauren Thompson is an Associate Professor of History at McKendree University. Her book, entitled Friendly Enemies: Soldier Fraternization during the American Civil War, was published this summer by the University of Nebraska Press. In January 2019, she received McKendree University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. At McKendree, Lauren teaches the following courses: Civil War Era, African-American History, Race & Ethnicity in U.S. History, American Revolution, Labor History, and U.S. Women’s History.

Generously supported by The George E. McCammon Memorial Endowment

$15 per speaker; $40 to see all four speakers

McKendree University Faculty, Staff and Students FREE


Tickets on Sale - August 23 at Noon button Distinguished Speaker Series button




Janet Evra

Janet Evra

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.

Bossa Nova, Jazz, Bassist

Janet Evra blends traditional bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz with modern continental influences and an indie twist to produce fresh, lush, original music in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Her favorites include Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet, including “La Mer” “LaVieen Rose.” From Gloucester, England, Janet is a vocalist, bassist, composer, and songwriter based in St. Louis. She released her debut album, Ask Her to Dance, to critical acclaim in 2018.


$25 Adult, $23 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

Tickets on Sale - August 23 at Noon button Performance Series button




+ View More Upcoming Events