September 15, 2018, 7:30pm
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.
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.
September 26, 2018, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Millikin Chamber Orchestra Workshop: Brahms
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: 5:00 PM
Brahms: Variation on a Theme of Haydn
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.
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.
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 p.m.in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
December 1, 2018, 2:00pm to December 2, 2018, 7:30pm
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.
Tickets will be available for purchase through the Kirkland Ticket Office beginning September 10th.
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.