large stage with choir singers and orchestra pit surrounded by Christmas decor

December 1, 2018, 2:00pm to December 2, 2018, 7:30pm

The 60th Annual Vespers will be held on Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on both days at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Ticket packages available for purchase beginning July 9th!

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The Solstice

December 6, 2018, 7:30pm to December 8, 2018, 2:00pm

The technical expertise and creative imagination of our students and faculty are on display in a collection of original dance works designed to stimulate our audience’s understanding of art and the value it brings to our community.

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Holiday Jazz

holiday jazz

December 8, 2018, 7:30pm

Celebrate the sounds of the season during the 11th 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.

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

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Advent Service

advent service with millikin chamber orchestra

December 9, 2018, 10:30am

Advent Service at Central Christian Church with
Millikin Chamber Orchestra   
Sun Dec 9, 2018, 10:30am
Free and open to the public

MDSO Masterworks III:

elgar's enigma variations and young artists

February 2, 2019, 7:30pm

Edward Elgar’s clever Enigma Variations were dedicated “to my friends depicted within”: musical portrayals of his close companions in a series of unnamed orchestral sketches. Since its premiere in 1899, listeners have delighted in pairing friends with sketches and have been perplexed by Elgar’s enduring unresolved question: who, or what, is ‘The Enigma’? Millikin’s own friends, winners of the annual Concerto and Aria Competition, will make their solo debuts with the MDSO. 

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12 Moods of Jazz: Ask Your Mama

langston hughes project

February 9, 2019, 7:30pm

The Langston Hughes Project features Hughes’ homage through music and verse to the struggle for artistic and social freedom of the 1960’s through poetry slam, a live jazz band, and multimedia showcase of the Harlem Renaissance. This is a truly one-of-a-kind event that should not be missed!

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February 24, 2019, 4:00pm

The annual Synergy concert will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Percussion Ensemble Synergy showcases the distinctiveness of Millikin's interdisciplinary alliances through a collaborative concert featuring performance by student and faculty across the College of Fine Arts. This year's Synergy program will highlight musical influences on percussion music by cultures from around the world.

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony Lecture Series with Dr. Marshall Tuttle

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

February 26, 2019, 5:30pm to March 1, 2019, 5:30pm

MAHLER: Reception History and Performance Practices

Tues, Feb 26, 5:30-7:00 PM, University Commons, Banquet Room A
Mahler: Reception History and Performance Practices

The Wolves

The Wolves

February 28, 2019, 7:30pm to March 3, 2019, 2:00pm

From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girls indoor soccer team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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MDSO Masterworks IV:

resurrection symphony

March 2, 2019, 7:30pm

Famed composer-conductor Gustav Mahler believed that “to write a symphony is, for me, to construct a world.” Hear the MDSO and the Millikin Union of Choirs recreate this musical process in their performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Known as the “Resurrection Symphony,” this monumental piece brings together over 300 performers to celebrate the profound beauty of afterlife and redemption.

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Mahler's Resurrection Symphony Lecture Series with Dr. Marshall Tuttle

Concertino for Percussion by David Gillingham

March 3, 2019, 4:00pm

The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Concertino for Percussion by David Gillingham on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. They will be joined by current Millikin percussion faculty along with Millikin alumni Jeremy Brunk ’97, Aaron Villareal ’13, and recent graduate Justin DeBo ’18.

Each year we invite an outstanding high school band to share the stage with the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble. This performance features the Morris (Illinois) Community Symphonic Winds, conducted by Millikin graduate Brock Feece ’15.

Chelsea Sunrise

Chelsea sunrise

March 22, 2019, 7:30pm to March 24, 2019, 2:00pm

Dusty is a Toronto kid who loves the music of the 1960’s British Invasion – so much so that he models himself and his band after it. But his dreams of stardom are tested by the real world as he is forced to confront his ideas of love, loyalty, and authenticity in this exciting new musical.

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MDSO: Sleeping Beauty with Alabama Ballet

two ballet dancers in sleeping beauty

March 30, 2019, 7:30pm to March 31, 2019, 2:00pm

Audiences young and young at heart will be enchanted by the artistry of the Alabama Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, accompanied by members of the MDSO. In this classic fairytale featured in film and bedtime stories for generations, Princess Aurora falls victim to an evil spell forcing her to sleep for a hundred years and to be awoken only by the kiss of a prince. In addition to its international prominence as a premiere classical and contemporary ballet company, the Alabama Ballet emphasizes dance education and community outreach as vital to its mission.

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Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

pink floyd laser spectacular

April 6, 2019, 7:30pm

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like you've never seen it before. Driven by cutting-edge effects, full-color lasers, Hi-Def multi-screen video projection, concert quality sound and lighting effects, your senses are confronted with an array of visual displays, choreographed to the soundtrack of this incredible experience. The Laser Spectacular brings together multiple generations of Pink Floyd fans.

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Silvan Negrutiu Piano Recital

Silvan Negrutiu

April 7, 2019, 4:00pm

Millikin School of Music faculty member Silvan Negrutiu will perform a solo piano recital in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 4p.m. The program will include the world première performance of Robert Chumbley's Five Bagatelles for Piano (2018), commissioned by Millikin Piano Club and dedicated to Negrutiu.


The Hair

April 11, 2019, 7:30pm to April 14, 2019, 2:00pm

In the shadow of the Vietnam War, a group of young hippies challenge the government’s role in drafting their friend into service while exploring their right to live in a world of peace, joy, and free love. Will burning a draft card ease the rage of a generation questioning their government’s ethical role in shaping the world? This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius.

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MDSO Masterworks V:

amy catron

April 13, 2019, 7:30pm

The MDSO brings its 2018-19 season of rhapsodic stories and American dreams to a brilliant close with Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9, “From the New World.” Inspired by the “wide open spaces” of the prairies and the rich sounds of folk music, Dvorak composed this symphony on commission from the New York Philharmonic to represent uniquely American music. MDSO principal cellist and faculty member Amy Catron will perform Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s bold Azul, for cello, obbligato group and orchestra.

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Almost 76 Trombones

April 26, 2019, 7:30pm

Almost 76 Trombones

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Guest Trombone Choir and the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble

In his final Concert at Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Dr. Gary Shaw is joined by former trombone students, friends, colleagues, and the Millikin Wind Ensemble to celebrate 37 years of performing and teaching at Millikin University.

Percussion Ensemble Masterworks Concert

May 3, 2019, 7:30pm

The Percussion Ensemble Masterworks Concert will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble Masterworks showcases the depth and breadth of contemporary percussion chamber music through a program including the genre's leading composers. Senior music majors in percussion will be featured, as well as the world premiere of a new composition as supported by the Percussion Music Commissions Fund.

A World Premier Play

World Premiere Play

May 9, 2019, 7:30pm to May 11, 2019, 7:30pm

A World Premiere Play
(Title Yet to Be Determined)

The School of Theatre and Dance turns the tables on the traditional process of producing plays by casting a show before it is written. In collaboration with playwright Paul Shoulberg, this world premiere work will be written to feature the unique qualities of the cast and currently relevant themes.

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Triplets of Belleville

triplets of belleville

May 11, 2019, 7:30pm

This much beloved animated film is screened as composer Benoit Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in the live performance of his original score for the film, including his academy award nominated best song. In the spirit of the film, Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville transports audiences to the exciting streets of 1920’s Paris and Le Jazz Hot.

Experience the Academy Award nominated French film the Triplets of Belleville as the story is told almost exclusively through visual arts! Rolling Stone called it a “bracing blend of silliness and sophistication,” while Roger Ebert proclaimed, “‘The Triplets of Belleville’ will have you walking out of the theater with a goofy grin on your face, wondering what just happened to you.”

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