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McKendree presents 2019-2020

 

Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll - SOLD OUT!

Thursday, January 23, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

With a cast of stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, and incredible rock-and-roll singers, the composer, musician, and producer Neil Berg shares fascinating, often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever.

From the progenitors of rock and roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, until MTV in the early ’80s, the show pays tribute to Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly; Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder; Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt and Carole King; singer-songwriters Bob Dylan, Elton John, Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkel, and Bruce Springsteen; the Beatles, Beach Boys, Eagles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, and Journey; and genres from Motown and disco to hard rock and New Wave.

Interests: Art, Sociology, Theater, Dance

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Janet Evra

 

Janet Evra

Saturday, January 25, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

From Gloucester, England, Janet Evra is a jazz vocalist, bassist, and composer based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Evra blends traditional bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz with modern influences and an indie twist to produce a fresh sound.

“A star is born.” Riverfront Times.

“She has range, grace, and style… the voice of an angel. Oh, this could be heaven.” STLive Music.


$10 general public, $5 McKendree students, faculty and staff

 

 

 

Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, @ 6:00 p.m.

 

The true story of three adopted young men who met and discovered they were separated at birth under mysterious circumstances.

ScreenTalk host: Dr. Brenda Boudreau, professor of English

Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 36 min.


FREE!

Interests: Music, Communication, Dance, Journalism, Art, Psychology, Sociology

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Russian National Ballet: Cinderella

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

The classic fairy tale comes to life in one of the world’s most beloved ballets. Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella has dazzled audiences since its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1945. Featuring a company of 50 highly skilled dancers, lavish sets and resplendent costumes, this event is a must-see for the entire family!

The Russian National Ballet was founded in 1989 by Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. Radchenko brought together the elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent company. Since its inception, the group has toured internationally to great acclaim.


Generously supported by Mr. Randy Wells


$28 adult, $26 senior, $10 student/child, McKendree University students FREE

Interests: Music, Communication, Dance, Journalism, Art, English, Psychology, Sports Management, Occupational Therapy

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Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Monday, February 10, 2020, @ 6:00 p.m.

 

A telemarketer discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

ScreenTalk host: Dr. Lauren Thompson, assistant professor of history.

Rated R; 1 hour, 51 min.

FREE!

Interests: Dance, Music, Psychology, Sociology, Art, Economics, Theatre, English

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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

 

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra College Connections Chamber Concert with special guests the USAF Band of Mid-America

Monday, February 24, 2020, @ 12:00 p.m.

 


FREE, reservations recommended

 

 

 

 

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Thursday, February 27, 2020, @ 6:00 p.m.

 

A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.

ScreenTalk host: Dr. Martha Patterson, professor of English

Rated R; 1 hour, 59 min.


FREE!

Interests: Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Philosophy, Education, Art, English

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Susan Werner

Friday, February 21, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

Versatile Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, delivered with sassy wit and Midwestern charm. Known as a charismatic performer, she challenges herself to conquer new styles every few years. After writing 12 albums of songs ranging from folk-rock to Tin Pan Alley to gospel, country, and chamber music, Werner’s creative restlessness is her defining characteristic. She cites her eclectic influences as Nanci Griffith, Jacques Brel, Thelonius Monk, Joni Mitchell, Sting, and jazz diva Shirley Horn. Werner’s songs have been recorded by Tom Jones, Michael Feinstein, and Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole.

The Manchester, Iowa, native arrived on the national stage in 1995, touring with Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. She was featured as part of the “next generation” in Peter, Paul and Mary’s 1996 PBS special, “LifeLines,” and has performed on NPR’s World Café and Mountain Stage.

“One of the most innovative songwriters working today.” – Chicago Tribune

“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.” – The New Yorker

“Always an impressive songwriter, Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart…” – The Washington Post

Generously supported by George Obernagel


$22 adult, $20 senior, $10 student/child, McKendree University students FREE

Interests: Music, Communication, PR, Art, Professional Writing

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Brian Skerry, Underwater Photographer: Ocean Soul

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

    • National Geographic Photography Fellow

    • 国产偷拍视频Regular contributor at the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Royal Geographical Society in London

Wildlife photographer Brian Skerry has spent more than four decades exploring the world’s oceans—capturing “the soul of the sea” for National Geographic for more than 20 years. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters, and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects.

His book, Ocean Soul, is a stunning tribute to our seas. Go beyond its pages to journey with him from the glacial waters of the North Atlantic, where harp seals face the threat of declining sea ice, to the balmy waters of Australia, home of the fastest shark in the world—the mako. He’ll share a fascinating look at some of the oceans’ apex predators, as well as stories of hope from marine reserves where wildlife is protected and thriving. A passionate spokesman for the oceans he loves to photograph, Skerry inspires reverence for the marine realm and powerful motivation to protect it.


$20 adult, $20 senior, $10 student/child, McKendree University students FREE

Interests: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry

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Museum Hours (2012)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, @ 6:00 p.m.

 

In Vienna, a security guard befriends an enigmatic visitor and a museum sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways in which works of art reflect and shape the world.

ScreenTalk host: Amy MacLennan, associate professor of art

Not rated; 1 hour, 51 min.


FREE!

Interests: Sociology, Psychology, Art, Philosophy

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents: The Rainbow Fish

Friday, March 6, 2020, @ 10:00 a.m.: Arts Education Series - $5 per child K-12 group rate / 1 free chaperone for every 10 children tickets 5
Friday, March 6, 2020, @ 6:30 p.m.

 

The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!” Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s elegant new show, The Rainbow Fish, will include an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colourful story as well two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.  The Rainbow Fish features these same elements.


$22 adult, $20 senior, $5 student, McKendree University students FREE

Interests: Education, Biology, Theatre, English, Music, Music Education

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Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Cymbeline

 

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Cymbeline

Monday, March 16, 2020, @ 6:30 p.m.

 

Adapted and Directed by Tom Ridgely One of Shakespeare’s final plays – and one of his greatest achievements – Cymbeline is a romantic adventure story on an epic scale.

It tells the story of Innogen, the princess of Britain, who embarks on a dangerous journey to find her husband and through courage and ingenuity clears her good name. Combining elements of comedy, tragedy, history and fairy tale, Cymbeline is not only a summation of Shakespeare’s incomparable career but a dazzling piece of showmanship that culminates in one of the most masterful final scenes of revelation and reconciliation in the canon. Featuring an inventive and energetic company of six actors, the Shakespeare Festival Tour Co’s production offers a fast-paced, easy-to-understand performance of this underappreciated gem that revels in all the unbridled theatricality of a writer pushing the boundaries of what a play can be.

国产偷拍视频Living Study Guide: You will be greeted by the actors and led through discussion and activity before the show begins to increase the audience’s performance literacy. How do we decipher, understand, and analyze a performance that you are unfamiliar with? How do we as audience members know which part of the performance is most important to understanding and enjoyment? The Tour Co will walk audiences through skill level appropriate exercises and discussion topics to break down the mystique and foreignness of Shakespeare’s plays and language. The performance of the show that follows will be appropriately set up for the audience in a unique way designed to provide definitions, vocabulary preview, authorial information, and structural patterns.


$10 general public, $5 McKendree students, faculty and staff

 

 

 

 

 

Drum TAO 2020 - SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

Japan’s most celebrated martial arts drum and dance ensemble returns by popular demand! Drum TAO combines musicianship, precision, athleticism, humor, and choreography with the ancient art of taiko drumming for an explosive, dazzling experience.

TAO was established in 1993 in Aichi prefecture, Japan, with the goal of entertaining the world. In 1995, to pursue an even deeper creative environment, the ensemble moved to the Kuju area of Taketa city in Oita prefecture on Kyushu Island and began to create a distinct world of its own through original theater arts, costumes, and more.

Drum TAO performs more than 200 shows a year in Japan and has played in 26 countries and 500 cities. The group received a Commissioner’s Award from the Japan Tourism Agency and was named an “Outstanding Cultural Contribution” by Oita prefecture.

“The highly acclaimed debut of DRUM TAO on Broadway will represent not only Japanese   entertainment but Japan itself.”国产偷拍视频 – Newsweek

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists and they’re seductive, alluring performers.”国产偷拍视频 – Chicago Tribune

“You’ll regret for your life if you miss this.”国产偷拍视频 – The Central News Agency


Generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. John Wright

Corporate Sponsor:  Country Financial

Interests: Music, Art, History, Marketing, PR, Ethnic Studies, Journalism

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The ReMINDers

Monday, April 6, 2020, @ 10:00 a.m.: Arts Education Series: $5 per child K-12 group rate / 1 free chaperone for every 10 children tickets 5.

Monday, April 6, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

The ReMINDers’ unique mashup of razor sharp rhymes; raw, soulful vocals; and reggae-tinged hip-hop beats form the backdrop for their relevant and inspiring themes. The duo seamlessly blends soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Brussels-born emcee Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French-English flow, complemented by Aja Black’s confident delivery and unique vocals. Married for almost a decade, they share an undeniable chemistry.

The ReMINDers released their debut album “Recollect” in 2008, followed by “Born Champions” in 2012. They have shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, Fishbone, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi and others, garnering international acclaim. Beyond their performances, the duo often works with community organizations, schools, and universities to deliver workshops, talks, and special performances.


$22 adult, $20 senior, $10 student/child, McKendree University students FREE

Interests: Music, Art, Communication, Marketing, PR, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, Education, Political Science, English

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In 2020, McKendree University will celebrate 50 years of hosting Model United Nations conferences for local high school students. Model UN educates students about diplomacy, global policy, international issues, debate, and public speaking. Students take on the role of diplomats, representing nations from across the world and participating in simulated UN committee sessions. In honor of the University’s 50-year affiliation with Model UN, the Hett is proud to present a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador as part of the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speaker Series.

 

Ishmael Beah, Human Rights Activist and Writer

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m.

 

    • UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War

    • Human Rights Watch Children’s Advisory Committee member

    • Author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier; and Radiance of Tomorrow

Ishmael Beah wants to put a human face on the suffering of children forced to go to war. In 1991, at the outbreak of a brutal civil war in Sierra Leone, West Africa, his parents and two brothers were killed and he was forcibly recruited to become a soldier at age 13. After two years, with UNICEF help, he was removed from the army and placed in a rehabilitation home.

At the 1996 United Nations presentation of the Machel Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, Beah spoke about the devastating effects of war on children in his country. At the 2000 UN Special Session on Children, he served on the panel, “Reclaiming Our Children: The UN Responds to the Plight of the Child Soldier,” with then-Secretary General Kofi Annan and UN agency officials. Today, as a human rights activist and author, he continues his advocacy for thousands of children trapped in wars.

McKendree University hosts an on-campus Model United Nations conference for local high schools. Currently 15 schools and over 300 students attend this conference each semester. McKendree has hosted this conference for over 40 years - it is one of the longest-running Model UN conferences in the country!


$10 adult, $10 senior, $5 student/child, McKendree University students FREE

Interests: Political Science, Communication, International Studies, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, English

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