The SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 24 - June 9, 2019
The 15th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival (SIFest) runs May 24 through June 9, presenting three-dozen performances in venues from Carbondale to Cairo, Murphysboro to Herrin and at many points in between, with the epicenter at SIU Carbondale. SIFest 2019 features two fully staged operas, three orchestral concerts, multiple chamber music performances, Klassics for Kids, and Jive with Jazz. SIFest Artistic Director, Edward Benyas, summarized some of the most important aspects of this anniversary year:
“Don’t miss our grand finale, Verdi’s magnificent tragic opera, Il Trovatore (June 7 and 9), sung in Italian with English supertitles, with an internationally acclaimed cast. The previous weekend, we present Puccini’s one act comic opera, Gianni Schicchi (May 31 and June 2), which features professionals alongside emerging singers in our 2nd annual Opera Young Artists Program. Both operas take place at Shryock Auditorium with Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances. On the Saturday evenings between the operas patrons can enjoy two large orchestral concerts at Carterville High School (June 1 and 8), featuring Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol, featuring David Taylor, Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. Many of the Festival events are free; admission prices for other performances are on our website (www.SIFest.com). Casual dress is always welcome. So, I hope many will join us for our 15th anniversary season!”
Numerous major local sponsors are indispensable to the annual continuation of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, including Illinois Arts Council, Southern Illinois University, WSIU Public Broadcasting, WSIL TV 3, SIU Foundation, Hastings Foundation, Samuel Goldman, Peter Gregory, Rob & Melissa Jensen, the late Richard & Ellen Bradley, Carolyn Wagner Snyder, Patricia Guyon, Jan & the late Bob Radtke, Susie Phillips, David & Helen Coracy, Southern Illinois Ob-Gyn Associates, First Bank and Trust Company, Meredith Funeral Homes, Ken Trimble and Country Financial, and Anna Arts Center.
Tickets for all 2019 Southern Illinois Music Festival performances are also available at the SIU Ticket Office and at the door of each performance. Patrons may also purchase a non-transferable SIFest pass, through the Ticket Office at a cost of $100. This will allow admission to all SIFest events (except the Chamber Music Soirées), a value of $160 with no waiting in line for tickets, and a free program booklet included.