A*C*E* Annual High School Art Exhibition

high school art show

November 18, 2019, 9:00pm to November 23, 2019, 7:00pm

The Annual A.C.E. High School Art Show is an opportunity for local high school students to exhibit their work and to show off their incredible talents. In addition to the exhibition there are workshops for teachers and students, a parent/faculty round table for parents to speak with Millikin Art Faculty as well as opportunities for the students to hear from working art professionals.

  • Date: 11/18/2019 - 11/23/2019
  • Reception: Saturday, November 23, 2019, 4-5PM
  • Location: Perkinson Gallery

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon - 5 PM

Mid-Day Music Wednesdays

November 20, 2019, 12:15pm

Once a month art events featuring Millikin and community art and music, hosted by the Decatur Area Arts Council.

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Wind Ensemble II: Let's Dance


November 20, 2019, 7:30pm

Music and dance have always gone hand in hand. Join the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and guest trumpet soloist Professor Robert Sears as we perform a varied homage to musical movement… and don't worry about sitting still! This collaborative, multi-sensory program will also feature original choreography by School of Theater and Dance students and faculty. You won’t want to miss it!

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The Double Bass Around the World

Guilherme Ehrat Zils & Pei-i Wang

November 24, 2019, 4:00pm

The second event of the 2019-20 Faculty Recital Series will be a program celebrating the bass repertoire and its uniqueness around the globe.

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Central Illinois High School Art Teacher Biennial Exhibition

pottery from high school art exhibition

December 2, 2019, 9:00pm to January 31, 2020, 7:00pm

This will be our inaugural exhibition showcasing the artistic creations of the Central Illinois Area Art Teachers. On display will be a variety of works of art in various mediums.

  • Date 12/02/2019 - 01/31/2020
  • Reception: Friday, January 31, 2020, 5-6:30 PM
  • Location: Perkinson Gallery

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon-5 PM

Contact Art Department at 217-424-6227 for more information.


Vespers singers

December 7, 2019, 2:00pm to December 8, 2019, 7:30pm

One of Millikin's most popular events, Vespers brings together over 250 musicians signaling the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs, and candlelight. 

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Solstice: A Concert of Dance


December 12, 2019, 7:30pm to December 14, 2019, 2:00pm

 Light, space, music, and movement come together to delight, provoke, and inspire us in this annual concert of original dance, performed and choreographed by students, faculty, and guest artists. 

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A Very Postmodern Christmas

Postmodern Jukebox Group Picture

December 14, 2019, 7:30pm

This holiday season, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox will that the same originality, wit, and virtuosic musical performances that have garnered them over 1 billion views on YouTube to revitalize the idea of a Christmas tour itself, in their multi-city 'A Very Postmodern Christmas' tour.

The tour will feature PMJ's rotating retro collective of show-stopping vocalist, dancers, and instrumentalist as they mashup timeless holiday classics and today's pop hits in the 'vintage' styles of 20s hot jazz, doo wop, and Motown that have brought the group international acclaim. Put simply: it's the holiday show equivalent of Bing Crosby singing 'Little Drummer Boy' with David Bowie. 

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Collegiate Chorale Tour Finale

January 19, 2020, 7:30pm

The final concert of the choir's regional tour under the direction of their new conductor, Dr. Ben Hawkinson.

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University Choir Tour Finale

January 26, 2020, 3:00pm

"The best choir concert of the year," features the University Choir at its finest, following a two-week domestic tour.

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Mid-Day Music Wednesdays

January 29, 2020, 12:15pm

Once a month art events featuring Millikin and community art and music, hosted by the Decatur Area Arts Council.

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Tuba and Electronics

Tim Schachtscheider

February 2, 2020, 4:00pm

Join Tim Schachtschneider in the third event of the 2019-20 Faculty Recital Series as he presents a recital filled with jazz, poetry, and actual sounds from space!

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Simon Levin "Lineage", Studio Conversations between Simon Levin & Apprentices

simon levin pottery

February 3, 2020, 9:00pm to March 20, 2020, 7:00pm

Simon Levin has been working in clay since 1990. He is a full time studio potter working exclusively with wood firing. His award winning work is exhibited internationally, and appears in several contemporary ceramic books. Simon is writer for many ceramic journals, and in 2013 he traveled to Taiwan as a Senior Fulbright scholar researching local materials. As a kiln builder Simon has built wood fired kilns for both US colleges and universities as well as schools in Taiwan and China. Between 2004 and 2018 his apprenticeship program has trained and influenced 17 potters.

Beethoven 250

Silvan at the Piano

February 9, 2020, 2:00pm

Internationally-acclaimed pianist and Millikin faculty member, Silvan Negrutiu, returns to the Kirkland stage for a recital celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday. The program will include Beethoven's "32 Variations in C Minor" and two of his most beloved piano sonatas: "Pathetique" and "Appassionata."

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Valentine Gala

February 14, 2020, 7:30pm

Join guest vocalist Angel Spiccia ('03) and Jazz Band I for their third annual "Valentine Gala" at the Decatur Club.

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The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

February 20, 2020, 7:30pm to February 23, 2020, 2:00pm

In this new imagining of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta, 'The Pirates of Penzance', our 'pirates' are members of a 50's biker-gang and are rebels without a cause. All of that changes when a young pirate apprentice meets the sorority girl of his dreams. This production is a collaboration between Millikin Opera Theatre, the Millikin Chamber Orchestra, and Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance. 

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Ballet Folclórico

Ballet Folclórico

February 21, 2020, 7:30pm

It is the mission of the Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México to preserve and promote the culture of Mexico. With an artistic career spanning over 56 years, the BFNM reflects the work of Mexico's leading researchers and practitioners of folklore, dance, music, and costumes. BFNM has received numerous awards and accolades, and has performed across five continents. And as it happens, Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México was the very first show at Kirkland debuting 1970.

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Percussion Ensemble Synergy

February 23, 2020, 4:00pm

This year's Synergy concert will feature the Heartland Marimba Quartet, presenting the world premiere of a new composition by the group's artistic director Matthew Coley...

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Pass Concert: Beethoven Lives Upstairs!

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

February 27, 2020, 10:00am

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Children Concert: presented free of charge for Decatur elementary students!

The world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between a young man and his composer uncle. The production features professional actors, period costumes, and rich scenery bringing all your favorite music of Beethoven to life.

The Amherst F. Hardy Foundation has provided a generous grant to bring this lavish production to Decatur.

Wind Ensemble III: MSWE and Friends

March 1, 2020, 4:00pm

Features an outstanding high school band to share the stage with the MSWE.

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The Tempest

Actors From The London Stage

March 5, 2020, 7:30pm

Founded in 1975, Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) is one of the oldest touring Shakespeare theatre companies in the world. They perform Shakespeare's plays with a very basic production, using minimal props, no set, and the actors never leave the stage. Each actor plays multiple roles and frequently shifts characters while on stage, offering an intriguing and comedic effect. Touring both in the fall and spring, AFTLS visits approximately 16-20 universities in a year, giving students and faculty a chance to experience their dynamic and enriching performing arts program. The vibrant hands-on nature of the program provides an extraordinary opportunity to engage faculty and students far beyond the confines of the English and theatre departments.   

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St. Patty's Day Concert

March 17, 2020, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

The Millikin Men are joined by the Broken Brogue Irish Band in a concert of all things Celtic; from pub songs to Irish airs. Grab a drink, some Irish fare, and be ready to join in singing!

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Mid-Day Music Wednesdays

March 25, 2020, 12:15pm

Once a month art events featuring Millikin and community art and music, hosted by the Decatur Area Arts Council.

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March 26, 2020, 7:30pm to March 29, 2020, 2:00pm

Horton the Elephant lives happily in the Jungle of Nool - until he hears a cry for help that he can't ignore. Based on the classic stories of Dr. Seuss, 'Seussical the Musical' features a fabulous score by Ahrens and Flaherty ('Once on this Island, Ragtime') and asks- 'what do we owe people who need our help?' This show brings birds of all feathers together in a celebration of selflessness, love, and community.

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A Cappella Live!

A Cappella Live!

March 27, 2020, 7:30pm

The past few years have been a Renaissance for a cappella - with a perfect storm of movies, television, Youtube, and radio - breathing new life and excitement into the world’s first musical form.

However, as great as it is to see and hear a cappella on screens large and small, the best way to experience vocal harmony is in person, which is why A Cappella Live was born.

Built on the classic Motown review tour model, A Cappella Live is bringing four of the nation’s greatest a cappella acts to performing arts centers around America:

  • The charming boyband sound and moves of The Filharmonic
  • The rich harmonies of gospel/r&b legends Committed
  • Chart-topping lead vocals and live-looping beatbox by Blake Lewis
  • Internationally-inspired songstresses Women of the World

Never before have four acts of this caliber been brought together on the same stage on the same night. Audiences will have an opportunity to hear each group perform their greatest and best-known hits as well as large-scale production numbers featuring all four groups, plus some additional special surprises.

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Joie De Vivre

Alexandra Rodriguez, David Cook & Pei-i Wang

March 29, 2020, 4:00pm

The fourth and final event of the 2019-20 Faculty Recital Series features Alexandra Rodriguez (flute), Dr. David Cook (clarinet), and Dr. Pei-I Wang (piano) in a recital exploring solo and chamber music by six different French composers.

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Annual Student Art Show

students at art exhibit

March 30, 2020, 9:00am to April 10, 2020, 6:00pm

The Annual Student Art Show features freshman through junior art students’ work. On display will be drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, prints, and photography. Each year the show is judged by a local artist who chooses awards for exemplary student work.

  • Date: 03/30/2020 - 04/10/2020
  • Reception: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 5-6 PM
  • Awards: 5:30 PM
  • Gallery: Perkinson Gallery

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon - 5 PM

Contact Art Department at 217-424-6227 for more information.


Some Enchanted Evening

April 2, 2020, 7:30pm to April 5, 2020, 2:00pm

Experience the wit and wisdom of Oscar Hammerstein's lyrics, buoyantly soaring above the unique melodies of Richard Rodgers. This first-rate revue captures moments from musicals that could only have been created by this famous duo, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and the Sound of Music.

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The Official Blues Brothers Revue

The Official Blues Brothers Revue

April 4, 2020, 7:30pm

There have been many imitators, but there is only one duo in North America sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues. Discovered in Las Vegas, performers Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd walked the stage. Backed by a powerhouse band, they'll give you a show to remember, packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including Soul Man, Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago, and more. For a night of laughter, dancing, and foot-stompin' fun.

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Works From The Permanent Collection

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April 13, 2020, 9:00am to May 22, 2020, 6:00pm

  • Date: 04/13/2020 - 05/22/2020
  • Gallery: Perkinson Gallery

On display, will be selected works from the Millikin University permanent collection, featuring a wide array of art in various genres and materials.

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon - 5 PM

Contact Art Department at 217-424-6227 for more information.

Wind Ensemble IV: MSWE Spring Concert

April 24, 2020, 7:30pm

A wonderful array of music to conclude the MSWE concert season.

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Spring Choral Concert

April 26, 2020, 2:00pm

The final concert of the year will feature lighter music and springtime themes.

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Mothers & Mentors Concert

April 26, 2020, 4:00pm

The Millikin Women's Choir is joined by family and community members who have had a lasting influence on their lives for this final concert of the season.

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April 30, 2020, 7:30pm to May 3, 2020, 2:00pm

There is a revolution in heaven: food has turned to salt, the moon hasn't been seen in months, and skinheads are ravaging the Bronx. In an America gone wrong, will Marisol Perez join her guardian angel in the fight to save the world? Magic realism entwines with absurdism in weaving Rivera's apocalyptic tale. 

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Percussion Masterworks

May 2, 2020, 7:30pm

Percussion Ensemble Masterworks showcases the depth and breadth of contemporary percussion chamber music through a program featuring the genre's leading composers.

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Bon Voyage Concert

May 16, 2020, 4:00pm

University Choir presents their International Tour program before departing on a 10-day excursion to Sicily and mainland Italy.

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