Millikin University’s College of Fine Arts and Kirkland Fine Arts Center have announced the 2022-23 Performing Arts Season. For more than 50 years, Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the College of Fine Arts have enriched the cultural life of Decatur, Ill., and surrounding communities by featuring world-class talent, top-notch touring companies and extraordinary students and faculty. This season features a Kirkland Series of high-profile guest artists such as reigning queen of bluegrass Rhonda Vincent and African acrobats Cirque Zuma Zuma, who wowed audiences as contestants on “America’s Got Talent.” Planned collaborations with the Millikin School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance include “Elf The Musical,” based on the beloved holiday movie.
“This year at Kirkland Fine Arts Center is all about going on a journey around the world, without ever leaving Decatur,” said Bryan Diver, director of Kirkland Fine Arts Center. “Start the adventure to Latin America with Tango Del Cielo; follow Buddy the Elf from the North Pole to New York City; visit a variety of African countries with Cirque Zuma Zuma; walk the trails of Appalachia with the music of Rhonda Vincent and finally travel back in time to hear legendary English rock from Led Zeppelin 2.”
The 2022-23 season will also see the continuation of an eclectic new performance series in Albert Taylor Theatre, as well as a full season of plays, musicals and operas in the Center for Theatre & Dance’s Virginia Rogers Theatre. The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) returns for a thrilling new season of “Masterworks,” and the array of ensembles in the School of Music, from our renowned choral and percussion groups to smaller jazz groups, will delight music lovers of every stripe. The College of Fine Art’s visual and media arts offerings feature guest-artist, faculty and student exhibitions in Perkinson Gallery, as well as events spotlighting the latest technologies our students are using to create everything from movies to virtual reality experiences.
“Every year we are excited to provide a variety of arts events that feature the best touring professionals alongside our talented students and faculty. We strive to align all programming across all venues with our educational and artistic values, which include the professional success of our students and graduates, interdisciplinary collaborations and global perspectives,” said Laura Ledford, College of Fine Arts dean.
For a full list of season events, visit millikin.edu/arts-at-millikin. Single event ticket sales for all 2022-2023 events excluding Vespers will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, September 6. Tickets are currently available to purchase for Friends of Kirkland, along with season tickets. Children’s tickets are just $10 with a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or in person at the ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Discounted tickets as well as handicap seats are not available online but can be purchased at the ticket office. For further inquiries, contact the Kirkland Ticket Office at 217.424.6318 or visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.