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.




Janet Evra: "A Night in Rio"

A Night in Rio, feat. Janet Evra

Saturday, September 23 @ 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Vocalist and 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” and “La Vie en 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.

FRIENDS: $28.00 Adult / $24.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $35.00 Adult / $30.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth


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Major General John Bartrum

Lanter Lecture: Major General John Bartrum

Thursday, October 5 @ 7:00 p.m.


Major General John J. Bartrum, Chief Executive Officer of Brightstar Innovation Group, LLC, and the mobilization assistant to the surgeon general of the Air Force and Space Force, will be coming to McKendree University to speak on Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m. at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. Maj. Gen. Bartrum is speaking as part of the university’s annual Wayne E. Lanter Lecture Series, which invites influential business leaders and entrepreneurs to share their insight and strategies for success. He will be visiting the university during the day, holding thoughtful discussions and answering questions from McKendree students. Admission to the evening event is free and open to both students and the general public. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the event.




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The Wee Heavies

The Wee Heavies

Friday, October 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

Celtic A Cappella

Back by popular demand! The Wee Heavies have won a following with their eclectic mix of Scottish, Irish, and American folk music, which combines tradition, innovative and original arrangements, and moving interpretation. Dedicated to music from and influenced by the Celtic tradition, tenors Aaron Schiltz and Peter Merideth, baritone Jay Harkey, and bass Steve Neale began singing together in St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood in 2013 after they observed a distinct lack of a cappella Celtic music at charitable events. They create a sound rich in harmony with unexpected twists and an energy that has audiences clapping, stomping, and singing along.

FRIENDS: $28.00 Adult / $24.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $35.00 Adult / $30.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth


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Britt Frank

The Science of Stuck with Britt Frank

Tuesday, October 10 @ 7:00 p.m.

Licensed Psychotherapist and Author

We all experience stuckness in our lives—in our relationships, careers, our bodies, habits, and more. We know we need to move forward, but don’t know how, creating a loop of self-doubt that goes nowhere. The problem has been exacerbated by the isolation and setbacks of the pandemic, resulting in unprecedented levels of dissatisfaction, and life questions. As a sought-after psychotherapist, Britt Frank’s work focuses on the mental health myths that keep us stuck, stressed, and burned out. With just a few key pieces of information about the brain, the capacity for choice returns and we can get back into the driver’s seat of our lives.

FRIENDS: $20.00 Adult / $16.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $25.00 Adult / $20.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth

McKendree University Faculty, Staff, and Students FREE


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