14th ANNUAL SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MUSIC FESTIVAL

Twos By Tews*: May 25-June 10, 2018

EDWARD BENYAS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR

The 14thannual Southern Illinois Music Festival features three-dozen performancesin venues from Carbondale to Cairo, Murphysboro to Herrin and at many points in between. In addition to members of the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, musicians from throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia perform orchestral and chamber music, opera, patriotic music, and jazz in an informal and inviting atmosphere. Casual dress is welcome!

This year’s Festival is titled “Twos By Tews*,” runs May 25-June 10 and features music in pairs:
·     Two vocal works (Mozart’s Magic Flute and Rossini’s Messa di Gloria)
·     Two glorious Symphonies (Beethoven’s 7th and Brahms’ 4th)
·     A world premiere Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Jacob Tews*
·     More Double Concertos by Bach (violins), Mozart (pianos) and Mendelssohn (clarinets)
·     Four (2x2) incredible violin soloists: David Taylor, Albert Igolnikov, Michael Barta, Kiril Laskarov
·     Wind and String Octets (2x2x2) by Beethoven and Mendelssohn

The crux of the Festival are the vocal/orchestral works by Mozart and Rossini. Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute (June 8 and 10), will be sung in English with a fabulous cast (including the former Miss Illinois as Queen of the Night) and set inside a video game! Rossini’s incredible Mass (June 1 and 3), in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death, was discovered only in the mid-20th century. Other Festival highlights are two large orchestral concerts, a virtuoso organ recital, chamber music, the New Arts Jazztet, and Klassics for Kids and Jive with Jazz events at venues throughout the region. Many of the Festival events are free. Admission for other performances are noted on the website. Go to www.SIFest.comfor the latest schedule updates or email benyas@siu.edu. Please join us for our 14th season of great music!

Tickets for all 2018 Southern Illinois Music Festival performances are available: In advance, online and in person at any of the SIU Ticket offices, or 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.

The Southern Illinois Music Festival has been nationally recognized:
·     In Symphony magazine, the premiere publication for American orchestras, as one of only four professional music festivals in Illinois, alongside such distinguished peers as the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony;
·     By the Chicago Tribune Travel section as one of 24 top summer activities (musical and otherwise) in an eight-state region;
·     By AAA Midwest magazine as a Midwest Travel Treasure and in a full-page photo feature;
·     BY WTTW’s Arts Across Illinois, in Chamber Music America; and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and a variety of private foundations.

Major sponsors of the 2018 Southern Illinois Music Festival include: Illinois Arts Council, Southern Illinois University, WSIU Public Broadcasting, WSIL TV 3, SIU Foundation, Oris B. Hastings Foundation, Samuel Goldman, Peter Gregory, Rob & Melissa Jensen, Richard & Ellen Bradley, Carolyn Wagner Snyder, Patricia Guyon, Jan & the late Bob Radtke, Susie Phillips, Ken Trimble and Country Financial, Southern Illinois Ob-Gyn Associates, First Bank and Trust Company, Seman Violins, Brehm School and Anna Arts Center.

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SIFest Radio Preview

An hour-long radio preview of the Festival takes place on WSIU Radio, 91.9 FM Carbondale, 88.9 FM Mt. Vernon and 90.3 FM Olney. Artistic Director, Edward Benyas discusses all aspects of the Festival and plays musical excerpts. The radio preview will air at 9am on May 25, 2018.

SCHEDULE

2018 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
“Twos by Tews*”
Tentative Performance Schedule (as of 5-14-18) (subject to change)

Fri. May 25
9am: WSIU SIFest 2017 Radio Preview, 91.9 FM
7:30pm: New Arts Jazztet (Varsity Center for the Arts) ($25)
Enjoy a night of free hors d’ouevres, cash bar and great jazz by Southern Illinois’ premiere jazz ensemble.

Sun. May 27
6pm: Chamber Music Soirée (Ugent Home) ($50)
Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra members perform chamber music and arias by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, along with a gourmet meal, featuring Vivian’s famous brisket

Tue. May 29
7:30pm: Chamber Orchestra Concert: Bach, Handel and Mozart
(First United Methodist, Carbondale) ($20/8)

The Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra performs Handel’s Queen of Sheba Entry, and Double Concertos by Bach, Mendelssohn and Mozart, featuring Albert Igolnikov and Michael Barta, Violins; Kara Benyas and Anita Hutton, Pianos; David Tuttle and Gabrielle Baffoni, Clarinets; and James Ryon and Kristin Sarvela, Oboes.

Wed. May 30
10am: Klassics for Kids (Du Quoin Library) (Free) 
10am: Klassics for Kids (Christopher Civic Center) (Free)
5:00pm: Eric McCluskey and Anita Hutton, Voice and Piano Recital (First United Methodist, Carbondale) (Free)

Thur. May 31
6:00pm: Chamber Music Concert (Cairo Public Library) (Free)
Boccherini and Schumann Quintets
6:00pm: Chamber Music Soirée (The Brehm School) ($50)
Music by Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini. Advance reservations required. Call 618-457-0371

Fri. June 1
4pm: Albert Igolnikov Violin Master Class and Rachmaninov Concerto (Altgeld 110) (Free)
This veteran of 6 decades as a principal player with the Chicago Symphony and Leningrad Philharmonic shares his insight with the next generation of musicians.
7:30pm: Rossini Messa di Gloria (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Herrin) ($20/8)
The Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus join 5 fabulous vocal soloists in a rare performance of this Rossini masterpiece. Only discovered in the mid-20thcentury, Rossini’s Messa di Gloria has all of Rossini’s characteristic vocal beauty and colorful orchestration, with a sacred Latin text, presented in one of Southern Illinois’ iconic Catholic churches.

Sat. June 2
10am: Jive with Jazz (Location TBD) (Free)
3:30pm: Young Artists Program Opera Scenes Performance (OBF Recital Hall) (Free)
Participants in our first Opera Young Artists Program perform great opera scenes, under the direction of SIU Professor David Dillard
7:30pm: Orchestra Concert: Tews*, Igolnikov and Brahms
(Carterville High School) ($20/8)

The Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra performs Brahms’ 4thand final symphony, including one of the most incredible final movements in all symphonic literature, along with the Wagnerian Prelude to Humperdinck’s tuneful opera, Hansel and Gretel. The program features the world premiere of a Concerto for Violin and Cello by SIFest Principal Viola and former SIU music professor, Jacob Tews* (this year’s SIFest namesake), with Kiril Laskarov and Eric Lenz as violin and cello soloists. As a special treat, Albert Igolnikov, 50 year veteran of the Chicago Symphony and Leningrad Philharmonic, performs Vitali’s exciting Chaconne for violin and orchestra. Professor Tews presents a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm in the High School cafeteria.

Sun. June 3
2pm: Rossini Messa di Gloria (First United Methodist Church, Carbondale) ($20/8)
The Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus join 5 fabulous vocal soloists in a rare performance of this Rossini masterpiece. Only discovered in the mid-20thcentury, Rossini’s Messa di Gloria has all of Rossini’s characteristic vocal beauty and colorful orchestration, with a sacred Latin text, presented in one of Southern Illinois’ finest acoustic settings.

Mon. June 4
12:30: Klassics for Kids (Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church) (Free)
7:30pm: American Guild of Organists Presents Joshua Stafford (Shryock) (Free)
1st prize winner of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Joshua Stafford has degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University and has been heard nationally on NPR’s Pipe Dreams and the Wanamaker Organ Hour.

Tue. June 5
Quatro’s Fundraiser (40% of your bill) to benefit SIFest all day. Use form.
11:30am: Jive with Jazz (Murphysboro Youth & Recreation Center) (Free)
7:30pm: Chamber Music in Anna (Anna Arts Center) ($10/5)

String Quartet, Guitar Quintet and Brass Quintet
7:30pm: Chamber Music Concert: Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Mendelssohn
(First United Methodist Church, Carbondale) ($10/5)
SIFest Orchestra members perform string and wind octets (4x2) by Mendelssohn and Beethoven, the Piano Quintet by Ernst von Dohnanyi, and PDQ Bach’s Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments.

Wed. June 6
10am: Klassics for Kids (Anna Arts Center) (Free)
10am: Klassics for Kids (Varsity Center for the Arts Balcony) (Free)

Thur. June 7
11am: Jive with Jazz (Boys and Girls Club, Carbondale) (Free)
5:00pm: Benyas Family Recital (First United Methodist, Carbondale) (Donation)

Music of Bach, Haydn, Bruch and Mendelssohn
6:00pm: New Arts Jazztet (Cairo Public Library) (Free)

Fri. June 8
5pm: Happy Hour Pre-Mozart, wine and hors d’oeuvres (Guyon Home) ($50)
Warm up for the evening performance of Magic Flutewith wine, hors d’ouevres and chamber music by Boccherini, Dohnanyi and Schumann at an elegant Carbondale home.
5:30pm: New Arts Jazztet (Hangar 9, Carbondale) (Free)
Southern Illinois’ premiere jazz ensemble performs on the Carbondale Strip.
7:30pm: Mozart’s Magic Flute (Shryock) ($20/8)
The SIFest Orchestra accompanies a stellar cast (including the former Miss Illinois as Queen of the Night) in a unique setting (inside a video game) of this masterpiece 

Sat. June 9
3pm: Young Artists Program Opera Scenes Performance (Anna Arts Center) (Free)
Participants in our first Opera Young Artists Program perform more great opera scenes, under the direction of SIU Professor David Dillard
7:30pm: Orchestra Concert: Mendelssohn and Beethoven (Carterville High School) ($20/8)
The Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra is joined by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, David Taylor, as violin soloist in Mendelssohn’s popular violin concerto. The concert opens with a flashy Rossini Overture and concludes with Beethoven’s 7thSymphony. David Tuttle presents a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm in the High School cafeteria.

Sun. June 10
2pm: Mozart’s Magic Flute (Shryock) ($20/8)
The SIFest Orchestra accompanies a stellar cast (including the former Miss Illinois as Queen of the Night) in a unique setting (inside a video game) of this Mozart masterpiece
SIFest Personnel Manager, David Tuttle, presents a free pre-concert lecture at 1:15pm in the Shryock balcony lobby. 

$100 FESTIVAL SEASON PASS (available in advance from SIU Ticket Office: 453-6000)Provides admission to all SIFest events except May 25 New Arts Jazztet at the Varsity, May 27 and 31 Chamber Music Soirées and June 8 Happy Hour Pre-Mozart, includes a free SIFest program booklet, no waiting in line, and no $2 per ticket processing fee.