School of Music Halloween Percussion Ensemble

October 27, 2016, 7:30pm to October 28, 2016, 8:00pm


  • October 27, 7:30 pm
  • October 28, 6:00pm
  • October 28, 8:00pm

Admission $8; MU students get in free w/ID (ticket required).

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Johnny Peers and Muttville Comix

Johnny Peers Muttville Comix

October 30, 2016, 2:00pm

Johnny Peers and Muttville Comix

Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone! A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a beagle mix, from the Humane Society. Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House! A show for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us!


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A.C.E. Annual High School Art Show

November 7, 2016, 9:45am to November 19, 2016, 9:45am

November 7-19, 2016

A.C.E. Annual High School Art Show

Co-sponsored by the Millikin Art department and Center for Entrepreneurship, this exhibition showcases the artwork of central Illinois High School area art students.

Reception/Awards presentation-Saturday, November 19, 2016 4-5:30 pm

Nice Work If You Can Get It

November 11, 2016, 7:30pm to November 13, 2016, 7:30pm

Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Book by Joe DiPietro

On the eve of his fourth marriage, millionaire playboy, Jimmy Winter encounters a lady bootlegger named Billie Bendix who sets his world on its ear. Originally starring TONY Award winners, Matthew Broderick and Kelly O’hara, this uproarious new musical features a lavish score of Gershwin favorites.


  • Friday, November 11, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 2:00 PM

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Wind Ensemble: Salute to the Veterans

Salute to the Veterans

November 17, 2016, 7:30pm

Wind Ensemble: Salute to the Veterans

Come to Kirkland Fine Arts Center for an amazing and patriotic performance from Gary Shaw's Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe will be your narrator for the evening while you enjoy the show that features Ann Borders as the vocal soloist. There will be a reception in the lobby following the concert!

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m

Admission is FREE to the public and no reservations are needed.

Recent Paintings

November 21, 2016, 9:45am to January 20, 2017, 9:45am

November 21, 2016-January 20, 2017

Recent Paintings by David Linneweh

An exhibit of oil paintings inspired by both urban and rural Midwestern landscapes.

Millikin Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

December 1, 2016, 10:00am to December 31, 2016, 10:00am

December 2016



December 3, 2016, 2:00pm to December 4, 2016, 7:30pm


Vespers is one of Millikin’s most popular events, signaling the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Over 300 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast. Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family. 

Ticket sales will be available on the following timeline:
September 1st- Friends of Kirkland & package purchases of 3 or more shows
October 17th- Parents of students performing in Vespers
October 24th- Group Sales of 10 or more tickets
November 1st- Single tickets go on sale for EVERYONE @ 10 a.m.

Please call the Kirkland Ticket Office for more information at (217)424-6318!

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Solstice: A Concert of Dance


December 8, 2016, 7:30pm to December 10, 2016, 2:00pm

Join us as we unveil a collection of original works in a live- action art opening. A bare stage is the blank canvas with which the choreographer works. Dancers are her paints. Her imagination is her brush. The possibilities are endless and the results, breath-taking.


  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 9, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 2:00 PM

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Holiday Jazz

Holiday Jazz

December 10, 2016, 7:30pm

Holiday Jazz

The Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet returns 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. Celebrate the sounds of the season during our Eighth Annual Holiday concert with Millikin University’s own School of Music faculty: Dave Burdick, Brian Justison, Chris Nolte, Perry Rask, and Steve Widenhofer. The sextet will be joined on stage by guest vocalist and Millikin alumni Angel Spiccia Slykas.


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Advent Services

December 11, 2016, 8:00am

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

December 11, 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.|Central Christian Church
Sacred Classics of the Season

The MDSO chamber orchestra joins the musicians of Central Christian Church in services of the season. A Decatur Christmas Tradition.

Peace, Love, Posters

January 20, 2017, 10:00am to February 24, 2017, 10:00am

January 20-February 24, 2017

Collegiate Choral Tour Finale

January 22, 2017, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 22 at 7:30 pm

University Choir Tour Finale

January 29, 2017, 3:00pm

Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 pm

Masterworks III

Space and Fast Machines

February 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

February 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. | Kirkland Fine Arts Center
A Voyage of Discovery: Space and Fast Machines

This concert brings together music that looks to the future and beyond our imagination into the Universe. In Milhaud’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, Jeremy Brunk plays a multitude of percussion instruments depicting sounds of military and rainforest, creating vivid and mysterious moods. Hovhaness’ evocative Meditations on Orpheus takes us to the underworld, while Holst’s masterwork takes us on a journey through space.

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What’s Going On -The Marvin Gaye Experience

February 11, 2017, 7:30pm

What’s Going On -The Marvin Gaye Experience

A tribute to one of the greatest talents being sung by the new voice of American soul and Millikin alum, Brian Owens. As one of the pioneers of Motown, singer-songwriter and producer Marvin Gaye helped shape the sound of R&B music and is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience is Brian’s tribute to the legendary artist and includes music selections that span Gaye’s music-making career. Early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” share space with “You’re All I Need to Get By” and other classic duets. And any Marvin Gaye song list would be incomplete without perennial and challenging) crowd-pleasers like “Let’s Get It On” or “Got To Give It Up.”


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Groove for Thought

Groove for Thought

February 18, 2017, 7:30pm

Groove for Thought

The seven singers of Groove for Thought have been blowing audiences away for over 15 years. Performing classic tunes in a jazz style unlike anything you’ve heard, the group combines the swinging style of The Manhattan Transfer with the smooth sounds of Take 6. Groove for Thought is proud to announce the release of their latest recording Unnecessary Dissonance.


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Synergy, Percussion Ensemble

February 19, 2017, 4:00pm

February 19, 2017 at 4pm

Faculty Biennial

February 27, 2017, 10:00am to March 31, 2017, 10:00am

February 27-March 31, 2017

Masterworks IV

Shostakovich’s Symphony

March 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

March 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. | Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Young Artists and Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 (his last) is a surreal exposition where nothing is quite as it seems, where quotations from music of Rossini, Wagner, and Glinka, take us on an existential journey into the beyond. This concert also features winners from Millikin’s Young Artists Competition.

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Wind Ensemble

March 5, 2017, 4:00pm

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Millikin Men Irish/Celtic Salute

March 9, 2017, 6:00pm

Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Women of Ireland

Women of Ireland

March 11, 2017, 7:30pm

Women of Ireland

Women of Ireland brings together all the most adorned elements associated with Irish & Celtic music. This magnificent show toured throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia during the 2015-16 season, and returns to the U.S. for 2016-17! Women of Ireland features an-all female lineup of today’s leading Irish step dancers, including lead dancers from Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. The show also features very special guest male dancer, the four-time world champion and former lead dancer with Riverdance - Anthony Fallon. Alongside principal and world champion dancer Kelly McDonnell, Women of Ireland's dancers cannot be trumped on any stage world-wide.


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March 23, 2017, 7:30pm to March 26, 2017, 2:00pm

By Teresa Rebeck

After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the "crown jewel" for collectors. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when all the characters are willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.


  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:30 PM
  • Friday, March 24, 2017 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:00 PM

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Millikin Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

April 1, 2017, 10:15am to April 30, 2017, 10:15am

April 2017

As You Like It

April 6, 2017, 7:30pm to April 9, 2017, 2:00pm

By William Shakespeare

When all the world’s a stage, love triangles become quadrangles, and gender-bending, disguises, wooing, betrayal, and song all combine to create one of Shakespeare's most popular romantic comedies. "Love is merely a madness” indeed!


  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 7, 2017 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 2:00 PM

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Adam Trent- The Futurist

The Futurist

April 8, 2017, 7:30pm

Adam Trent- The Futurist

Adam Trent is one of the stars of the hit Broadway show 'The Illusionists', which shattered box office records during its 2014/2015 run. He’s made appearances on Good Morning America, America's Got Talent, Disney Channel, ABC, VH1, Rachel Ray, Travel Channel, SyFy and others – making him one of the most in-demand illusionists working today. Described as Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield, his audience interactive performances are part magic, part concert, and part stand-up comedy, with a fast paced variety necessary for today’s theatre audience. He promises that audiences will leave his show feeling differently than they expected to feel after a magic show. Adam has a vast history of philanthropic work for which U.S. News & World Report named him '1 of the 10 Most Influential Youths in America'.


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The Bachelorette

April 21, 2017, 8:00am to May 7, 2017, 5:00pm

By Lesyle Headland

Ten years out of high school, Regan, Gena, and Katie convene in the luxurious bridal suite of their old friend, Becky, the night before her wedding in New York City. Fueled by jealousy and resentment, the girls embark on a night of debauchery that goes from playfully wasted to devastatingly destructive. Their old fears, unfulfilled desires and deep bonds with each other transform a prenuptial bender into a night they'll never forget, but who has the last laugh in this bitter comedy that will split you down the seams.

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Masterworks V

Silvan Negrutiu

April 22, 2017, 7:30pm

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

April 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m. | Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Symphonic Revolutionaries

Silvan Negrutiu’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 is contrasted by Rautavaara’s ethereal Cantus arcticus, a piece that incorporates tape recordings of bird songs recorded near the Arctic Circle and on the bogs of Liminka in northern Finland. You won’t want to miss Beethoven’s confrontational Symphony No. 3, a piece that caused a sensation and changed the idea of what a symphony could be.

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Wind Ensemble

April 23, 2017, 4:00pm

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m

Spring Choral Concerts

April 30, 2017, 2:00pm

Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 & 4:00 pm

Masterworks, Percussion Ensemble

April 30, 2017, 4:00pm

April 30, 2017 at 4pm

Annual Student Show

May 1, 2017, 10:15am to May 31, 2017, 10:15am

May 2017

Lullaby Concert

May 2, 2017, 6:00pm

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

May 2, 2017 | Decatur Public Library, 6:00 p.m.


Heathers: The Musical

May 4, 2017, 7:30pm to May 7, 2017, 2:00pm

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Based on the film written by Daniel Waters

A darkly delicious story of misfit Veronica Sawyer and the shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing Heathers: the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. The vicious social order of high school is upset with the entrance of Veronica’s dark and sexy new boyfriend J.D. and his plans to put the Heathers in their place—six feet under.


  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 2:00 PM


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Village People

The Village People

May 6, 2017, 7:30pm

Village People

Still the kings of disco. Village People is a one of-a-kind act synonymous with dance music. These six men provide high-energy choreography with fun and lots of singing and dancing. This show is great entertainment for audiences of all ages. They have sold more than 100 million recordings and are known for such hits as “Macho Man”, “Can’t Stop the Music”, “Go West”, and “YMCA”. The group has won many awards including an American Music Award – Favorite Music Group, AGVA’s Georgie Award, West Germany’s Gold Lion Award for Music Excellence and Brazil’s Award for Best Act, to name just a few.


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