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.

 

 

 

The Jazz Story presented in partnership with The Sheldon

The Jazz Story presented in partnership with The Sheldon Band

Wednesday, February 8 @ 10:00 a.m. (Arts Education; Recommended for K-8)


Students will travel in time to experience the story of America’s unique creation, jazz. With an emphasis on the transformations into the many faces of jazz, you’ll hear unforgettable jazz hits including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” by Duke Ellington, “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, and more. See jazz come to life and enjoy the adventure of jazz and its great musicians!

Arts Education Series Generously Supported By: Ameren Illinois


ADMISSION: FRIENDS: $15 / PUBLIC: $18.75

Reduced Prices for Groups: Call the box office at (618) 537-6863 to purchase tickets, priced at $5 per child; 1 free chaperone/ adult for every 10 tickets purchased.

 

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A Masterworks Weekend with Christine Brewer

A Masterworks Weekend with Christine Brewer

Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26


Join internationally-acclaimed, Grammy award-winning soprano and McKendree alumnus Christine Brewer for a weekend of music! Start the weekend right with coffee, music, and conversation with Christine, with Jazz Age favorites by members of the Masterworks Chorale and Jazz Ensemble. Then, enjoy open-to-the-public performances from opera and oratorio by talented young regional singers with critiques and reflections from Christine. Finally, cap the weekend with music from the age of swing and more, performed by the Masterworks Chorale and Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Christine Brewer and broadcaster Steve Jankowski as emcee.


Morning Coffee with Christine and Masterworks Chorale
Friday, February 24, 10 a.m. -  Admission: Friends:$10 / Public:$12.50

Music and conversation with Ms. Brewer, with Jazz Age favorites by members of the Masterworks Chorale and Jazz Ensemble.


A Master Class with Christine Brewer
Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m. - Admission: FREE

Performances from opera and oratorio by talented young regional singers, with critiques and reflections by internationally-acclaimed soprano Christine Brewer.


Old Time Radio Show with Masterworks Chorale and Christine Brewer
Sunday, February 26, 3 p.m. - Admission: Friends:$15 / Public:$18.75

Music from the Age of Swing and more, performed by the Masterworks Chorale and Jazz Ensemble, with guest artist, Christine Brewer, and emcee, broadcaster Steve Jankowski.

 

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Anita Jackson

Anita Jackson

Saturday, March 4 @ 7:00 p.m.

Gospel Vocalist


Soulful and swinging, one of St. Louis’ premier ladies of song, Anita Jackson, makes her debut on the Hett stage. Jackson has appeared as a background vocalist with Bette Midler, Patti Austin and Mariah Carey. She has been featured with several jazz, R&B, blues and gospel groups around St. Louis, leaving a lasting impact with her powerful voice and commanding stage presence.

Generously Supported By: Bank of O’Fallon


FRIENDS: ADULT/SENIOR/YOUTH $20.00 / $18.00 / $10.00
PUBLIC: ADULT/SENIOR/YOUTH $25.00 / $22.50 / $12.50

 

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