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Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series. Currently in its 44th year, the series offers a unique blend of affordable entertainment sure to delight patrons young and old.

"I'm very excited about the upcoming season," said Kirkland Director Jan Traughber. "The goal at Kirkland Fine Arts Center is to offer programming that will attract the attention of the audience and hold on to it. Our intention is to bring interesting programming that will excite and engage."

The following is the lineup of events for the 2013-2014 season. Tickets are available immediately for all events – including Vespers – if three or more events are purchased. Early ticket buyers will receive 10 percent off three to five separate events, and 15 percent off six or more events. Single ticket sales for the fall semester 2013 events will begin August 26 and for the spring semester on December 9, 2013. For further information on purchasing tickets, contact the Kirkland Box Office by calling 217.424.6318 or visiting www.kirklandfinearts.com.

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience by Joby Rogers
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$20-$35 adults; $10-$17.50 children

Joby Rogers (as Michael Jackson) is a gifted entertainer whose talents have gained him international recognition. The only Michael Jackson impersonator to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, he was personally chosen by Michael as his number one choice of all impersonators after reviewing 116 of the top Michael Jackson impersonators in the world.

Joby has performed on tour in arenas, theaters, casinos, and colleges for corporate and private functions in the United States and internationally. Joby has made appearances with celebrities such as B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Jon Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Maroon 5, Jimmy Buffet, and many others.

iO Theater – Homecoming Event
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – 8 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$18 adults; $15 alum

In Whirled News Tonight, audience members provide the inspiration for an evening of improvised comedy by clipping articles from local and national newspapers and periodicals. From these journalistic suggestions, a team of experienced improvisers creates a fast-paced, topical, intelligent and, above all, hilarious show. Equal parts political satire, news parody and social commentary, Whirled News Tonight is improvisation that is just as sure to spark debate as it is to tickle the funny bone.

Arlo Guthrie
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$25-$40 adults; $12.50-$20 children

Arlo Guthrie returns to Kirkland with his "Here Come the Kids" tour in celebration of his father, Woody Guthrie. Arlo honors the legacy of Woody Guthrie through a spirited musical tribute. Arlo's songwriting, humor, activism, and unequaled manner of telling a tale exhibit the Guthrie family traits that his father imparted. This tour emphasizes the best-loved songs and stories the Guthrie family closely associated with the distinguished patriarch. Be part of the continuing celebration as Arlo Guthrie honors the tremendous contributions his father made to American music and the social climate.

Cirque-Tacular's CIRCURIOUS
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$15-$30 adults; $7.50-$15 children

CIRCURIOUS is a heart-stopping, mind-boggling display of artistry and athleticism. Discover all the wow factor and star quality of the circus tent, concert hall, and Broadway stage in one fantastic evening. Indulge your curiosities and celebrate your senses as aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, fire artists, illusionists, singers, dancers and indescribable feats reignite your belief in human potential.

Vespers 2013
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8, 2013 – 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$10 adults; $6 seniors

One of Millikin University's most popular events, Vespers (which means "evening prayer") provides the context for a seasonal concert that has become one of the University's most beloved traditions. Performed by 350 Millikin singers and instrumentalists, Vespers features traditional and new music for choirs and brass. Individual tickets go on sale November 1, 2013.

Holiday Jazz
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$10-$20 adults; $5-$10 children

The Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet will once again get you in the Holiday spirit with a reprise of their jazzy swing on Christmas classics. Upbeat and soothing favorites are sure to make everyone in the family tap their toes and sing along. Come celebrate the sounds of the season during our sixth annual Holiday concert with Millikin University's own School of Music faculty: Brian Justison, Randy Reyman, Dave Burdick, Perry Rask, Steve Widenhofer, and Ed Schaller. Once again, the sextet will be joined on stage by guest vocalists and Millikin University alumni Angel Spiccia Slykas & John Musick.

Masters of Motown
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$15-$30 adults; $7.50-$15 children

In the early 60s, some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, Mich., better known simply as Motown.

Masters of Motown is a celebration of these artists, their music and style. The show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed tributes to both male and female groups backed by a live band. Masters of Motown includes the popular TFC Dance Band and The Fabulous Crooners Doo-Wop singers. The Crooners stroll throughout the show, and after the show you'll want to continue to dance to the best Top 40, Disco, R&B and Rock 'n' Roll.

Masters of Motown perform favorites such as The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Commodores and many more.

Tomáseen Foley's IRISH TIMES
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$10-$20 adults; $5-$10 children

Rekindle the flame in the hearth with stories, music, song, and dance from the infinitely rich treasury of Ireland's cultural heritage. Return to the days before the motor car, the television, and the telephone, and spend an evening with Tomáseen Foley – and some of the most gifted Celtic musicians, dancers and singers performing today.

Duo Melis
Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$25 adults; $12.50 children

Spanish guitarist Susana Prieto and Greek guitarist Alexis Muzurakis made their debut as Duo Melis in 1999 at the International Guitar Festival of Volos (Greece). Since then, they have performed in such prestigious halls as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Megaron in Athens, and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. They are in great demand for concerts and master classes at international guitar festivals and prestigious concert series in Europe and America. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the talents of these guest artists who are here as part of the 22nd Annual Mid-America Guitar Festival. This festival is being hosted by Millikin University's School of Music classical guitar program.

Sonus Brass Quintet
Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
$20 adults; $10 children

Sonus Brass was formed in 1987 by five highly successful brass performers/teachers to share their own close friendship and love of music and brass ensemble playing with audiences around the world and to help both students and professionals achieve a higher artistic level of brass performance and musical interpretation. In addition, it has always been the goal of Sonus Brass to bring to their concerts and seminars an international feeling of good will and to create lasting friendships through teaching and performing.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$20-$30 adults; $10-$15 children

"The New Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent, as proclaimed by the Wall Street Journal is a top draw in bluegrass music and beyond. She has been featured in People Magazine, Oprah's "O" Magazine, appeared with such notables as Dolly Parton and Norah Jones, and received praise from high profile fans such as Bernie Taupin and Levon Helms. Rhonda Vincent's music knows no boundaries. With over 80 awards to their credit, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage have emerged as the most decorated band in bluegrass. Among their honors are Song of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and an unrivaled seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Night Fever - The Bee Gees Tribute
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center
$20-$30 adults; $10-$15 children

"Night Fever"— The Bee Gees Tribute is the largest production of the Bee Gees in the world. This all Canadian cast has been touring for the past 10 years, from Disneyland to Russia, recreating the look and sound of the Bee Gees. Capturing a full history of the Bee Gees, "Night Fever" includes songs from "To Love Somebody," "Massachusetts," "I Got to Get A Message," "I Started A Joke," "Jive Talking," "More Than A Woman," "Night Fever," "You Should Be Dancing," "Tragedy," "Stayin' Alive" and many more.

Millikin University believes that the arts are essential to the enrichment of society and a fundamental part of the educational process. Millikin's founder, James Millikin, declared that men and women should have both a classical and practical education to meet the demands of a changing society. The Kirkland Performing Arts Series supports this mission by encouraging both students and the community to participate in its programs and understand our multicultural heritage through performing arts events.

The Kirkland Fine Arts Center is the primary not-for-profit fine arts presenting organization in Macon County. During past seasons, over 100 professional performances have been staged at Kirkland, with Broadway tours of CATS, Showboat, and RENT, Grammy award nominees including Patti Page, The Neville Brothers, and Little Richard, animal kingdom expert Jack Hannah, PostSecret blog founder Frank Warren, internationally acclaimed dance companies David Parsons, River North, Cirque Eloize, and MOMIX, popular celebrities Bill Cosby and Howie Mandel, comedian Jay Leno, environmental advocates Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Jean-Michel Cousteau, performing ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard String Quartet, and London City Opera, and speeches by distinguished guests like White House correspondent Helen Thomas, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former Illinois governor Jim Edgar.

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit www.kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
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