May 24-June 9, 2019



Tentative Performance Schedule (subject to change)

Fri. May 24
7pm: New Arts Jazztet (Varsity Center for the Arts or Private Home) ($25)

Sun. May 26
6pm: Chamber Music Soirée (Ugent Home) ($50)
Young String Quartet, Bach Suites, Young Artist Program Arias

Tue. May 28
7:30pm: Chamber Orchestra Concert: Handel, Haydn and Saint-Georges (First United Methodist, Carbondale) ($20/$8)
Handel: Due Cori Concerto; Saint-Georges: Symphonie Concertante
Abel: Symphony in Eb; Haydn: Symphony No. 31

Wed. May 29
10am: Klassics for Kids (Du Quoin Library) (Free)
10am: Klassics for Kids (Christopher Civic Center) (Brass Quintet) (Free)
5:00pm: Eric McCluskey Recital (First United Methodist, Carbondale) (Free)

Thur. May 30
6pm: Chamber Music Concert (Cairo Public Library) (Free)
Beethoven and Dvorak String Quartets
7pm: Lake Indian Hills Chamber Music Soirée (Jensen, Chandra Homes) ($75)
Chamber Music, Wine, Hors d’oeuvres

Fri. May 31
7:30pm: Gianni Schicchi (Shryock) ($20/$8)

Sat. June 1
10am: Klassics for Kids (University Mall) (Free)
3pm: Young Artists Program Opera Scenes Performance (OBF Recital Hall) (Free)
7:30pm: Orchestra Concert: Mendelssohn and Brahms (Carterville High School) ($20/$8)
Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3;
Brahms: 1st Piano Concerto (Evan Wong, Piano)

Sun. June 2
1:15pm: Pre-Concert Lecture by Shirley Benyas (Shryock Upstairs Balcony)
2pm: Gianni Schicchi (Shryock) ($20/$8)

Mon. June 3
12:30pm: Klassics for Kids (Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church) (Free)
7:30pm: American Guild of Organists Isabella Demers Recital (Shryock) (Free)

Tue. June 4
11:30am: Jive with Jazz (Murphysboro Youth & Recreation Center) (Free)
7:30pm: Chamber Music in Anna (Anna Arts Center) ($10/$5)
7:30pm: Chamber Music of Women Composers (First United Methodist, Carbondale)
Clara Schumann: Piano Trio; Joan Tower: Petroushskates;
Louise Farrenc: Nonet; Libby Larsen: Black Birds, Red Hills;
Florence Price: String Quartet

Wed. June 5
10am: Klassics for Kids (Varsity Center for the Arts) (Free)
10am: Klassics for Kids (Anna Arts Center) (Free)

Thur. June 6
11am: Jive with Jazz (Boys and Girls Club, Carbondale) (Free)
5pm: Benyas Family Recital (First United Methodist, Carbondale) (Donation)
Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Verdi, and Tchaikovsky
6pm: New Arts Jazztet (Cairo Public Library) (Free)

Fri. June 7
4pm: SIFest Pre-College String Camp Recital (OBF Recital Hall) (Free)
5:30pm: New Arts Jazztet (Hangar 9) (Free)
7:30pm: Il Trovatore Performance (Shryock) ($20/$8)

Sat. June 8
10am: Jive with Jazz (University Mall) (Free)
3pm: Young Artists Program Opera Scenes Performance (Anna Arts Center) (Free)
7:30pm: Orchestra Concert: Verdi, Lalo and Dvorak (Carterville High School) ($20/8)
Verdi Overture to Joan of Arc; Lalo: Symphonie Espagnal (David Taylor, Violin)
Dvorak: New World Symphony

Sun. June 9
1:15pm: Pre-Concert Lecture by Shirley Benyas (Shryock Upstairs Balcony)
2pm: Il Trovatore Performance (Shryock) ($20/$8)

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.


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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.