An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Annette Graebe

The Southern Illinois Music Festival (titled “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”) continues throughout June with numerous chamber music performances, concertos, piano recitals, and free Classics for Kids & Jive with Jazz programs performed in several communities in Southern Illinois. Don’t miss one of the season’s highlights on June 9 (7:30 p.m.) and 11 (2 p.m.) featuring an updated version of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni — with gangsters, fully staged, sung in Italian with projected English titles, full orchestra, and an incredible cast. Performed at Shryock Auditorium on the SIU Carbondale campus. Tickets are available in advance, online, at SIUC Ticket offices – or at the door at performances. For more information/tickets, call (618) 453-6000, visit, or email conductor Ed Benyas himself at

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