McKendree Presents Series

 

2023-2024 Season

 

Red Hot Chili Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Thursday, August 31 @ 7:30 p.m.

Fusion of Rock and Bagpipes


Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning.

It’s the Red Hot Chilli Pipers – a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers – who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. Their trademarked sound is a unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes like “The Flowers of Scotland,” “The Hills of Argyll,” and “Amazing Grace” (done Chilli-style, of course!) and contemporary anthems like Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” and a fantastic rock medley of “Deep Purple,” “Smoke on the Water,” and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”


FRIENDS: $36.00 Adult / $32.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $45.00 Adult / $40.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth

 

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Terry Barber -  "Best of Broadway: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber"Best of Broadway: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Friday, September 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

Broadway Favorites


Join us as Terry Barber performs show-stopping hits from 10 of the world’s most beloved musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

International countertenor Terry Barber presents a 90-minute show featuring music from musicals Les Misérables, Hamilton, and a special tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s the “Best of Broadway”! Plus, Terry will perform several songs by Freddie Mercury, who always wanted to appear on Broadway in opera. Freddie and Terry both have a 4-octave range, and The LA Times says, “If angels can sing, Terry should be given wings! He hits high notes so clear and beautiful that you’ll shed tears of joy!”


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

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

 

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Janet Evra: "A Night in Rio"

A Night in Rio, feat. Janet Evra

Saturday, September 23 @ 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” 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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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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The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Homecoming Show

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Friday, October 20 @ 7:30 p.m.

Blues and Rock


Legendary musical group The Fabulous Thunderbirds will bring their iconic sound, style, and showmanship to the Hett stage in a performance that is sure to both bring back old memories and create new ones.

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.” Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.


FRIENDS: $44.00 Adult / $40.00 Senior / $16.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $55.00 Adult / $50.00 Senior / $20.00 Youth

 

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Michael Cavanaugh

Music of Billy Joel and Elton John, feat. Michael Cavanaugh

Friday, November 10 @ 7:30 p.m.

Pop Rock


The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John features the greatest hits of these two rock piano legends. Songs include Piano Man, Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, Movin’ Out, I’m Still Standing, My Life, and many more.

Michael Cavanaugh stars in this production – in fact, he was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out, in which Michael received both Tony and Grammy nominations in the lead role. Billboard calls him the “New Voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook.” Broadway World has referred to Cavanaugh as “The New Piano Man” while Reuters has named Cavanaugh Entertainer of the Year.


FRIENDS: $44.00 Adult / $40.00 Senior / $16.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $55.00 Adult / $50.00 Senior / $20.00 Youth

 

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"Give 'Em Hell, Harry" Performed by Clifton Truman Daniel

Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!, feat. Clifton Truman Daniel

Friday, November 17 @ 7:30 p.m.

Historical Theater


Written by Samuel Gallu, Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! is a faithful and often humorous portrayal of President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency. It spans his childhood, his “political apprenticeship” as a judge in Jackson County, Missouri, his years in the U.S. Senate and his momentous two terms as president. Actor James Whitmore originated the role in 1975. Clifton Truman Daniel took up the mantle in October 2017, marking the first time in history a U.S. president would be portrayed onstage by a direct descendant – in this case, his oldest grandson.


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

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

 

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United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band

United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band

Friday, December 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 @ 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 @ 7:00 p.m

Holiday Concert


This diverse, 45-piece ensemble’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks to traditional marches, modern compositions, pop, and jazz.

A Hett holiday tradition! The talented musical ambassadors of Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base return for three joyful, uplifting performances. The 45 enlisted musicians and vocalists of the Band of Mid-America’s Concert Band represent the professionalism and excellence found throughout the U.S. Air Force. Their diverse repertoire includes symphonic masterworks, traditional marches, modern compositions, and jazz-inspired holiday music. Get your tickets early – these shows sell out fast!


ADMISSION IS FREE FOR FRIENDS & THE PUBLIC. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.

 

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The Hett and State Street Dance Company co-present: The Nutcracker

The Hett and State Street Dance Company co-present: The Nutcracker

Friday, December 15 @ 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 @ 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 @ 6:30 p.m.

Dance


The ballet classic returns to the Hett this holiday season! This timely holiday classic features local dance talent and principals from leading professional companies. The Nutcracker, a two-act Russian ballet with a famous score by Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky, premiered in 1892 and has become a beloved Christmas season tradition. The enchanting story follows young Clara and her Nutcracker doll from a fancy family Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King. Their magical adventure continues through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy.

State Street Dance Company is a semi-professional ensemble from the Dance Station School in O’Fallon, Illinois.


FRIENDS: $32.00 Adult / $28.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $40.00 Adult / $35.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth

 

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U.S. Navy Fair Winds

 

U.S. Navy Fair Winds

Wednesday, January 25 @ 7:00 p.m.

Military Chamber Group


Comprised of professional musicians, Navy Band Great Lakes provides musical support for military and public engagements throughout the Midwest.

These musicians perform more than 550 missions per year through support for military ceremonies, student education, and public performances. Fair Winds is a versatile woodwind ensemble with a repertoire consisting of a variety of styles including classical, military marches, and patriotic compositions. This small chamber group performs for military engagements, public concerts, recitals, and educational clinics and performs for audiences throughout the Midwest, supporting Navy recruiting missions.


ADMISSION IS FREE FOR FRIENDS & THE PUBLIC. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.

 

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Animaniacs in Concert

Animaniacs: In Concert

Saturday, February 3 @ 7:30 p.m.


It’s time for Animaniacs – IN CONCERT! Join the voices of Animaniacs, the iconic animated Warner Bros. series, for a “zany, animan-y, and totally insane-y” evening as they perform the world-famous songs from the beloved cartoon series backed by the original projected animation.

Animaniacs: In Concert stars the show’s original Emmy-winning composer, Randy Rogel, on piano and the voice talents of Emmy winner Rob Pauslen (Yakko Warner and Pinky on Animaniacs; Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Maurice LaMarche (The Brain on Animaniacs; The King in Disney’s Frozen; Kif & Calculon on Futurama).

With new episodes currently streaming on HULU, Animaniacs is a multigenerational animated favorite with universally recognized hit songs. Fans of all ages will experience Animaniacs like never before, especially those who grew up watching the series.


FRIENDS: $36.00 Adult / $32.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $45.00 Adult / $40.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth

 

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The Traveling Salvation Show

The Traveling Salvation Show

Saturday, February 17 @ 7:30 p.m.

Rock


Think of it as Neil Diamond’s greatest hits played by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – and it’s so good, so good.

Neil Diamond rocks, and The Traveling Salvation Show will prove it to you. This up-tempo, rock-oriented tribute to the legendary Neil Diamond will have you dancing and singing along to all of the classic hits. The hard-driving band recreates the energy of Neil Diamond’s live arena performances with its own rock flair. Wearing sequins is not required but highly encouraged!


FRIENDS: $32.00 Adult / $28.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $40.00 Adult / $35.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth

 

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Giordano Dance Chicago

Giordano Dance Chicago

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

Dance


For 60 seasons, Giordano Dance Chicago has served as a prime example of a company that can simultaneously revel in the past and the present. Considered jazz dance royalty, the electrifying performers of America’s original jazz dance company invariably run on high-octane fuel and generate a similarly high-powered response from their audience.


FRIENDS: $36.00 Adult / $32.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $45.00 Adult / $40.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth

 

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Head East

Head East

Friday, April 19 @ 7:30 p.m.

70s Rock


The legendary classic rock band Head East has long set the standard for authentic, full-vocal, goodtime rock harmonies that few bands can equal. Their signature song, “Never Been Any Reason” with notable chorus “Save my life/I’m going down for the last time” has long been considered by many radio stations across the country as “The Rock & Roll National Anthem.” This year Head East will be celebrating their 50th anniversary by performing most cuts off their iconic record “Flat As A Pancake.”


FRIENDS: $32.00 Adult / $28.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth

PUBLIC: $40.00 Adult / $35.00 Senior / $15.00 Youth

 

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