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McKendree presents 2017-2018


TAO: Drum Heart - SOLD OUT!TAO: Drum Heart - SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


Japan's most celebrated company of martial arts drummers combines musicianship, athleticism, humor, and choreography with the ancient art of taiko drumming to create an explosive and dazzling experience. Offering a modern take on a timeless art, TAO artists play pounding melodies with extreme precision on traditional Japanese drums.

“Drum Heart” is the latest production from the internationally acclaimed percussion troupe. The energetic performance features highly physical, large-scale drumming, contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals.

Established in 1993 in Japan, TAO has performed hundreds of sold-out shows for more than six million spectators worldwide. Critics rave about the extraordinary precision, energy and stamina of its highly trained, expressive performers.

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists … The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” — Chicago Tribune

“The highly acclaimed debut of Drum TAO in Broadway will represent not only Japanese entertainment but Japan itself.” – Newsweek

Corporate Sponsor: Country Financial

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Play the Anat Cohen Tentet VideoAnat Cohen Tentet

Musical Director, Oded-Lev Ari

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” for eight years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, Anat Cohen returns to the Hett after her showstopping performance at our 10th Anniversary Gala. This time she brings a tentet of collaborators and explores new instrumental possibilities within her music. With her 10-piece band, Cohen is able to create a tapestry of sound and an evocative, exciting experience centered around the clarinet.

Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, the New York City-based clarinetist-saxophonist has won over audiences throughout the world with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Her seventh album Luminosa, an interpretative collection of Brazilian classics, was released in 2015.


Anat Cohen (Clarinet), Oded Lev-Ari (Musical Director), Sheryl Bailey (Guitar), Nadje Noordhuis (Trumpet/Flugelhorn), Nick Finzer (Trombone), Owen Broder (Bari Sax/Bass Clarinet) Rubin Kodheli (Cello), Vitor Gonçalves (Piano/Accordion), James Shipp (Vibes/Perc), Tal Mashiach (Bass), Anthony Pinciotti (Drums)

“…the most interesting clarinetist of her generation” — The Boston Globe

“Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group…” – DownBeat

$26 Adult, $24 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE

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STL Symphony In Your CollegeSTL Symphony In Your College

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, @ 7:30 p.m.


Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale)

Join musicians of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for the musical telling of a returning soldier's unholy bargain.

Shawn Weil, violin
Mary Reed, double bass
Scott Andrews, clarinet
Andrew Cuneo, bassoon
Jeff Strong, trumpet
Amanda Stewart, trombone
Alan Stewart, percussion

A Symphony In Your College event that is FREE and open to the public.


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