MDSO: Labor Day Pops

labor day pops

September 3, 2018, 6:00pm

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 6:00pm | Hickory Point Pavilion
Free and open to the public

Washington Post March
Selections from Carmen Suite
This is the Moment from Jekyll and Hyde
William Tell Overture
Time to Say Goodbye 
South Pacific Suite
Blue Skies
I Love a Piano
West Side Story Medley

Justin John Moniz, guest soloist

Collage Concert

collage concert

September 15, 2018, 7:30pm

The annual Collage Concert will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. This great Fall Family Weekend event will feature multiple School of Music ensembles.

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Vocal Festival Finale Concert

September 17, 2018, 4:30pm

The Vocal Festival Finale Concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. This concert  will feature the Festival Choir, Student Solo Competition Winners, Director's Choir, and the Millikin University Choir for a wonderful 75-minute concert. For more information about Vocal Fest, check out their website.

MDSO Masterworks I:

pines of rome

September 22, 2018, 7:30pm

The MDSO will sweep audiences off their feet on the musical winds of Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and astonish them with vivid rhapsodies by Rachmaninov and Gershwin. Featured piano virtuoso Michael Davidman will perform the iconic “Rhapsody in Blue.” Davidman has extended his residence to perform a solo piano recital at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Thursday, September 20, at 2pm, to showcase the new Steinway grand piano generously donated by David and Norma Fathauer. Tickets will be available for purchase through the Kirkland Ticket Office beginning September 10th.

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Millikin Chamber Orchestra Workshop: Brahms

Shilling Hall at Millikin University

September 26, 2018, 10:00am to 6:00pm

Wed Sep 26, 2018, 10:00am-6pm | Kirkland Fine Arts Center

A day dedicated to exploring the music of Brahms. Selected high school orchestras rehearse with Millikin string students and Millikin applied faculty, receive expert coaching on repertoire, sightreading, and All-State excerpts. The day culminates in a public concert and scholarship presentations!

Free and open to the public | Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Concert: 5:00pm
Brahms: Variations on Theme of Haydn 

Taikoza Drums

taikoza drums in action

September 29, 2018, 7:30pm

Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.

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Julius Caesar

October 4, 2018, 7:30pm to October 7, 2018, 2:00pm

A sharp new retelling of the classic tragedy. A world is thrown into chaos when the ends justify the means. Who can one trust, when those in positions of power begin to fracture as democratic and dictatorial philosophies collide?

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Homecoming 2018 Concert

October 5, 2018, 7:30pm

The Annual Homecoming Concert will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The Millikin Alumni Band and the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be lead by guest conductor Stacey (Larson) Dolan’92, and faculty tubist Tim Schlachtschneider.

Millikin alumni return to campus to perform on the Kirkland stage along with the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Join fellow alumni during Homecoming weekend 2018 for the annual performance of the Millikin Alumni Band.

Joel Kim Booster

Joel Kim Booster

October 6, 2018, 9:00pm

Joel Kim Booster is one of the hottest entertainers and stand-up comedians in Hollywood today! You may recognize him from Conan, Comedy Central, or truTV. He’s also a Millikin alum, one of the 2018 Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in entertainment, and on Esquire’s “10 Comedians to Watch” list! Don’t miss his return to campus during Homecoming at Millikin University!

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MDSO Masterworks II:

west side story

October 20, 2018, 7:30pm

Celebrate the Bernstein Centenary with an evening of American art music! This program features all twentieth-century composers whose music together paints a vibrant portrait of what it means to be American. Selections include Charles Ives’s Variations on America as well as Bernstein’s overture to Candide and his Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Faculty vocalist Ian Greenlaw joins the MDSO for Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs. Tickets will be available for purchase through the Kirkland Ticket Office beginning September 10th.

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John O'Conor

john web pianist

October 27, 2018, 7:30pm

The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years.

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Millikin Chamber Orchestra Live with Film

charlie chaplin's the kid

November 3, 2018, 2:00pm to 8:30pm

​Tickets: $10
Sat Nov 3, 2018, 2:00pm & 7:30pm | Avon Theatre

Transport yourself to the early days of film with the Millikin Chamber Orchestra providing live accompaniment to the classic 1921 silent film, The Kid. As the first full-length feature film to be both directed and starred by Charlie Chaplin, The Kid introduces Chaplin’s essential role as The Tramp, who finds an orphan that will later become his partner in crime. Will the police capture these minor criminals? Will the orphan find his birth parents? Join us to find out!

Charlie Chaplin's The Kid

November 3, 2018, 2:00pm

Transport yourself to the early days of film with the Millikin Chamber Orchestra providing live accompaniment to the classic 1921 silent film, The Kid. Tickets for this performance will be available starting September 10th!

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Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Bert Apermont

November 15, 2018, 7:30pm

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform with special guest Peter Steiner on trombone in their concert, Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Bert Apermont. The concert will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.


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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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, 2:00pm

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. 

Tickets will be available for purchase through the Kirkland Ticket Office beginning September 10th.

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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.

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. Tickets will be available to purchase through the Kirkland Ticket Office starting September 10th.

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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

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.

The Kirkland Ticket Office will have tickets available for all MDSO performances starting September 10th. For more information on purchasing tickets, please call (217) 424-6318.

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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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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.

The Kirkland Ticket Office will have tickets available for all MDSO performances starting September 10th. For more information on purchasing tickets, please call (217) 424-6318.

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Almost 76 Trombones

April 26, 2019, 7:30pm

Dr. Gray Shaw will join the Guest Trombone Choir and the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble for their performance of Almost 76 Trombones on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

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.

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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