Masterworks I

Masterwork I

September 23, 2017, 7:30pm

OPENING NIGHT: INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE
SAT SEP 23, 2017, 7:30 pm | KIRKLAND FINE ARTS CENTER
Tickets: $10, $15, $20

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
​Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 102, F Major
​ILYA YAKUSHEV, piano
Guest artist supported by David and Norma Fathauer Symphonic Music Fund
Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet Ballet

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Millikin Orchestra Workshop

Millikin Orchestra

September 27, 2017, 10:00am to 6:00pm

A day designated to exploring the music of Beethoven. Selected high school orchestras rehearse with Millikin string students and Millikin applied faculty, receive expert coaching on repertoire, sighreading, and All-State excerpts. The day culminates in a public performance of Coriolanus Overture, 2nd movement of Symphony 7, and Millikin applied faculty performing selected movements from Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major.

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Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel

October 5, 2017, 7:30pm to October 8, 2017, 2:00pm

by Lynn Nottage

Esther, an African American seamstress living in early 20th century New York, creates gorgeous corsets for her customers. Her successful business and a romantic pen pal relationship seem to fall into place until Esther realizes that some threads holding her hopes and dreams together are in danger of being cut.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Alumni Band Concert

2017 Homecoming Concert

October 6, 2017, 7:30pm

 

Homecoming 2017 Concert

Friday, October 6, 2017

7:30 p.m.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Free and open to the public.

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Millikin Alumni Band

Millikin alumni return to campus to perform on the Kirkland stage along with the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Join fellow alumni during Homecoming weekend 2017 to celebrate Dr. Gary Shaw’s 36 years of conducting, performing, and teaching at Millikin University.

Blue to Broadway Cabaret

Lavon Fisher-Wilson

October 7, 2017, 7:30pm

Blue to Broadway!

Come join LaVon Fisher-Wilson (’95) for a Homecoming Cabaret! At this special Saturday evening, post-game event LaVon will take us down a musical memory lane of laughter, first loves, and life lessons, as she tells the story of her extraordinary time here at Millikin University. With a big, brassy, belty voice and perfect comic timing, her show-stopping performances have brought Broadway audiences to their feet!  So come see Alum LaVon Fisher-Wilson in "Blue to Broadway!"

Tickets

7:30 PM -  VIP experiences are available, including on-stage seating during the performance, a pre-show reception, and hor d'ouevres with drinks for $75.
9:00 PM -  General admission tickets for seating in Kirkland's auditorium are $20.  Millikin University students may purchase tickets with their Millikin ID at the Kirkland Ticket Office for $10.
10:00 PM -Backstage reception for all ticket holders.  Includes a cash bar and information regarding the new School of Theatre and Dance building

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Masterworks II

Masterworks II

October 22, 2017, 2:00pm

MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS
featuring POLISH VIOLINIST KINGA AUGUSTYN
SUN OCT 22, 2017, 2:00pm | KIRKLAND FINE ARTS CENTER
Tickets: $10, $15, $20

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Halloween Percussion Concerts

Halloween Percussion Concerts

October 26, 2017, 7:30pm to October 27, 2017, 8:00pm

Performances

  • Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, October 27 at 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Tickets

  • Tickets are $8.00 and are available at the Kirkland Box Office by calling 217.424.6318 or online
  • Millikin students get in free with ID (ticket required)

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LIZZIE

Lizzie Production

October 27, 2017, 7:30pm to November 12, 2017, 5:00pm

LIZZIE is a new American musical set to a blistering rock score-  On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.

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BritBeat

Brit Beat

October 28, 2017, 7:30pm

BritBeat is bringing the Beatles’ invasion of America to Kirkland Fine Arts Center! 

BritBeat is a stunning multimedia theatrical concert guaranteed to please.  Join us for a journey through the Beatles’ Ed Sullivan dynamic debut, their early classics, the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper era, and the later years of Abbey Road and the White Album.  Enjoy Beatles’ hits like Twist and Shout, Let It Be, A Hard Day’s Night, and many more!  Dance the night away as BritBeat captures the mania and emotions of the Beatles career for a perfect night of entertainment!


Ticket prices- $25/$30/$35
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult
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The Great Russian Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

November 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” ushers in the holiday season with two collaborative performances from Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the MDSO Masterworks Series!  Enjoy the immersive Christmas classic with 40 professional dancers, hand-selected area young dancers, a local children’s choir, and a full musical accompaniment from the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra!  Tchaikovsky’s classic score narrates our audience through the “Miniature Overture”, “Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, and closes with Masha and the Nutcracker Prince dancing a grand pas de deux before the dream ends.

Ticket prices - $35/$45/$65
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult (Discount not available online)

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9 to 5 The Musical

Nine to Five

November 9, 2017, 7:30pm to November 12, 2017, 2:00pm

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Book by Patricia Resnick

Based on the iconic 1980 movie, 9 to 5 is a hilarious and high-energy story of friendship and revenge. Three female coworkers (and unlikely friends) concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss and learn that there is nothing they can't do, even in a man's world.

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Veterans Day Salute

Colonel (Ret) Thomas Rotondi, Jr.

November 10, 2017, 7:30pm

Veteran's Day Salute

Friday, November 10, 2017

7:30 p.m.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Free and open to the public.

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and guest conductor, Colonel (Ret) Thomas Rotondi, Jr., Former Leader and Commander, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Washington, DC.

New Works: Staged Readings

December 1, 2017, 7:30pm

The Catch Phrase Firm

by Frank Macaluso

Suffer!

by Taylor Lindemann

Come see Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre welcome two current Millikin Students to present staged readings of their work. Over the course of the semester, they have revised, cut, and had table readings of their work. A Q&A following the readings will allow audience members to ask questions and make helpful suggestions on how the playwright should proceed.

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Vespers

Millikin Vespers

December 2, 2017, 2:00pm to December 3, 2017, 7:30pm

A Millikin Tradition

Millikin University will welcome the holiday season with the 59th annual Vespers celebration, to be held at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.

Tickets: $12 Adults $10 Seniors & Children

Location: Kirkland Fine Arts Center

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Wintertime

December 7, 2017, 7:30pm to December 9, 2017, 7:30pm

By Charles L. Mee

Jonathan brings his girlfriend, Ariel, to his family's vacation home for a romantic weekend. Unfortunately, his parents, each with a lover of their own, have had the same idea. Shattered romances, deep passion, indescribable pain and dark comedy abound in this absurd, tragicomedy about dysfunctional relationships.

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Holiday Jazz

Millikin Holiday Jazz

December 9, 2017, 7:30pm

Celebrate the sounds of the season during the 10th anniversary of Holiday Jazz!  The Millikin University Jazz Sextet features School of Music faculty Dave Burdick, Brian Justison, Chris Nolte, Perry Rask, Randy Reyman, and Steve Widenhofer returning once again to get you in the Holiday spirit with their jazzy swing on Holiday classics.  Upbeat and soothing favorites are sure to make everyone in the family tap their toes and sing along. 

It will be a night to remember, featuring vocal Jazz great and Millikin alum Angel Spiccia!


Ticket prices- $15/$20/$25
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult (Discount not available online)

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Millikin Chamber Orchestra - Advent Service

December 10, 2017, 10:30am

The tradition continues! Join the Millikin Chamber Orchestra and members of the MDSO for caroling favorites, from Deck the Halls to God Rest Ye, Merry Gentleman, featuring the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. Audience singers are welcome for a special Hallelujah sing-along!

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Mark Nizer 4D

January 27, 2018, 7:30pm

Mark Nizer changes the way people view the world, literally.  Glasses, provided by Kirkland, are worn during this show for maximum effect!. The impossible is possible; the improbable is probable. Winner of the International Juggling Championships, Mark has taken his one man show to the ninth degree.  He incorporates juggling, technology video, music and humor to create a unique and amazing evening.  Nizer’s expertly crafted entertainment showcase and outrageous comedy is nothing short of brilliant! 

Ticket prices- $15/$20/$25
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult (Discount not available online)

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Masterworks IV

Masterworks IV

February 3, 2018, 7:30pm

CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE: YOUNG ARTISTS DEBUT!

In 18th-century Vienna, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was renowned for his prodigious talent as a composer and pianist. Many of Mozart’s works, especially his Turkish March, were pinnacles of compositional creativity and cosmopolitan culture. The grandeur of his final symphony, later nicknamed “Jupiter,” highlights the composer’s musical and emotional brilliance.

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24 Hour Play Festival

February 10, 2018, 7:30pm

For the first time Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre will host a 24 hour play festival! Participants will serve as playwrights, directors, and actors to produce a show in 24 hours. Audience members will be invited to watch the final productions at the end of the night.

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Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies

February 24, 2018, 7:30pm

Mister Mojo and his troupe of near-mad musical provocateurs are bringing an authentic Cajun experience of Zydeco music to Kirkland Fine Arts Center for a Mardi Gras celebration! Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies have poured Louisiana fire on audiences for over a quarter century. Few performers lift an audience like Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies. This show is HOT!

Ticket prices- $20/$25/$30
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult
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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

March 1, 2018, 7:30pm to March 4, 2018, 2:00pm

By Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn

Over a period of 75 years after the apocalypse, the story of “Cape Fear” as told by the TV show The Simpsons evolves from a pop culture icon to mythology in this darkly comic examination of man’s instinct to survive and the role live performance plays in a post-apocalyptic recovery.   

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Masterworks V

Masterworks V

March 3, 2018, 7:30pm

Tickets: $10, $15, $20

Few composers have inspired greater fascination among audiences, musicians, and scholars than Ludwig van Beethoven. His nine symphonies, framed in this concert by the MDSO and the Millikin Union of Choirs, represent monumental artistic achievements for both the composer and the many musicians who continue to perform his works. Symphony No. 1, premiered in 1800, reveals deep roots to Beethoven’s compositional ambitions in the Viennese classicist styles of Mozart and Haydn. 

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Particle II for solo Cello and Wind Ensemble (2016)

Amy Catron

March 4, 2018, 4:00pm

World Premiere

“Particle II for solo Cello and Wind Ensemble (2016)”

Sunday, March 4, 2018

4 p.m.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Free and open to the public.

by Robert Chumbley

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Amy Catron, faculty cellist

Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent

March 24, 2018, 7:30pm

Enjoy as the eight-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, six-time Grammy Nominee, and most awarded group in Bluegrass history seamlessly performs a breath-taking, one of a kind, must see performance that reaches beyond the boundaries of Bluegrass music! 

Famously crowned as "The New Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent's music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Her latest project "Taken" features special guests ranging from Dolly Parton to Richard Marx. With over eighty awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most celebrated band in bluegrass.

Ticket prices- $25/$30/$35
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult
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Clinton The Musical

April 6, 2018, 7:30pm to April 22, 2018, 5:00pm

Clinton the Musical is a satirical look at the 42nd President who upholds the ideals of Lady Liberty while simultaneously charming the pantsuit off her. With Hillary by his side, he's bringing new life to the party. Scrunchies are in and mullets are out. Baywatch is a hit and Time Magazine's Man of the Year is Bill Clinton. He's optimistic, charismatic, and he's bringing saxy back!

Ticket prices- $7-9 for MU Students
General Public tickets- $11-12 Season package- $24
Includes one ticket to a performance of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, LIZZIE, Clinton The Musical, and Unlatched: A Devised Work
(Some discounts not available online)

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Catapult Dance

April 7, 2018, 7:30pm

Never seen before, magic shadow dance!

An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create magical shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us.  Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter!  You’ll never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will create next – you’ll be surprised and delighted again and again.  Packed with hundreds of shape transformation, the show is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories.

Ticket prices- $15/$20/$25
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult
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Hollis Prize Competition Recital

Hollis Prize Winners

April 7, 2018, 7:30pm

Hollis Prize Competition Recital

Saturday, April 7, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Kaeuper Hall
This event is free and open to the public.

Phantom of the Opera

April 20, 2018, 7:30pm to April 22, 2018, 2:00pm

Tickets $20 - $26

The longest running musical in Broadway history comes to life on the Kirkland Stage in this collaboration between the Schools of Theatre and Dance and Music.  Set at the Paris Opera House in 1881, French novelist Gaston Leroux’s  classic tale chronicles the story of love and despair as the mysterious Phantom demonstrates the lengths to which he will go to obtain the object of his obsession, the beautiful young soprano, Christine Daae.

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Unlatched: A Devised Work

April 26, 2018, 7:30pm to April 29, 2018, 2:00pm

Unlatched will be a devised piece that will begin with something very simple: Boxes. This play will explore the destiny of boxes and those who open them.

Ticket prices- $7-9 for MU Students
General Public tickets- $11-12
Season package- $24
Includes one ticket to a performance of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, LIZZIE, Clinton The Musical, and Unlatched: A Devised Work
(Some discounts not available online)

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Student Solo Competition Concert

April 27, 2018, 7:30pm

Student Solo Competition Concert

Friday, April 27, 2018 

7:30 p.m.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Free and open to the public.

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Student Soloists and the Monticello High School Band, conducted by Alison Allender

This annual concert features Millikin student solo competition winners performing as soloists with the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 

Equinox: A Concert of Dance

May 4, 2018, 7:30pm to May 6, 2018, 2:00pm

Dance takes center stage in this evening of student and faculty choreographed works exploring the depths of human emotion and the life experiences that inspire artistic expression.

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MJ Live!

May 11, 2018, 7:30pm

The King of Pop is back!

Relive the energy, excitement and pure joy of the legendary superstar and his music through the #1 Michael Jackson tribute concert in the WORLD!  Feel the energy from the band and the mega-talented dancers through this live performance.  Witness the awesome sound, lighting, and effects.  Sing along to some of the greatest hits of all time like Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It, Dangerous, Smooth Criminal, and many more!

Ticket prices- $30/$40/$50
K-12 student tickets- $10 with paid adult
(Discount not available online)

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