The 13th Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival

Music Festival Performs Throughout Southern Illinois

The 13th Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival (May 26 – June 11) features nearly three dozen performances (orchestral and chamber concerts, opera, and special events) in venues throughout Southern Illinois.  It includes a free admission Memorial Day concert, with full orchestra and chorus, modeled on the Capitol version.  It sponsors Klassics for Kids and Jive with Jazz.  And it ends with a special performance of Don Giovanni with “An Offer You Can’t Refuse,” fully staged, sung in Italian with projected English titles.  Check the complete festival schedule online at www.sifest.com.  Many of the events have free admission.  You can buy tickets in advance, online, and in person at ticket offices or at the door at performances.  For more information/updates, call (618) 453-6000, or email conductor/artistic director Ed Benyas himself at benyas@siu.edu .

BY: ANNETTE M. GRAEBE

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