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2016-17 Season: Flowing from Schumann to Sinatra

Edward Benyas, Music Director

Monday, October 3 at 7pm at Rend Lake College: Pastorale Symphony
*Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Pastorale Symphony

Combined Orchestras: Rend Lake College Orchestra and Southern Illinois Symphony. Rossini: Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri; Bruch: Kol Nidrei; Sarasate: Gypsy Airs and Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”). Michael Barta, Violin; Eric Lenz, Cello; Edward Benyas, Conductor.

*Tuesday, November 15 at 10am and 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Combined Orchestras: Stars of Altgeld

Southern Illinois Symphony and Civic Orchestras perform great orchestral excerpts from the world of opera, along with winners of the annual Solo Competition. Edward Benyas, Conductor.

*Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Simply Sinatra Christmas

Jazz up your holidays with the Southern Illinois Symphony, the Studio Jazz Orchestra, and world famous Sinatra specialist, Steve Lippia, singing Sinatra Christmas favorites. Dick Kelley and Edward Benyas, Directors.

Pre-concert wine and cheese reception in balcony lobby ($30)

Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Chorus and Orchestra

SISO joins Concert Choir and Choral Union for “Carols Old and New.” Susan Davenport, Conductor.

Friday, February 17 at 6pm at the SIU Ballrooms: Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

The.Southern Illinois Symphony, conducted by Edward Benyas, presents music for lovers in honor of the Chamber’s 100th Banquet. (Reservations through CCC required).

*Thursday, March 9 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: A Little Night Music

Stephen Sondheim’s unforgettable “Send in the Clowns” is but one of the many beautiful, waltz-inspired melodies from this comedy based on Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night.  The SISO orchestra and the SIU Opera and Musical Theater program collaborate on this exotic and haunting musical.

Saturday, March 25 at 3pm in Shryock: Strings and Piano

Members of the Civic Orchestra and area pianists collaborate in this concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary oif the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs. Edward Benyas and Katrina Walczyk, Conductors.

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30pm at Carbondlae Middle School

Southern Illinois Junior and Civic Orchestras perform a free admission concert including movie music and concertos by Vivaldi and Boccherini

Monday, April 24 at 7:30pm at SEMO River Center: Great Rivers
*Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Great Rivers

Smetana: The Moldau; Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (“Rhine”); Grofé: Mississippi River Suite. Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestras. Edward Benyas and Sara Edgerton, Conductors. A special pre-concert performance at 6:45pm features the Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra performing great movie music in Shryock. Regular concert ticket provides admission.

Post-concert reception in Altgeld 112

*Denotes Southern Illinois Symphony Series (General admission $20; Students $8)

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Klassics for Kids

The SISO once again presents its unique and highly acclaimed concert series for young persons: Klassics for Kids. The 2016-17 series includes two concerts for pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade and two concerts for all school age children. Admission is FREE to all Klassics for Kids events and no advance reservations are necessary. Pre-K programs take place at 10:00am on November 1, 2016 and March 7, 2017 in Altgeld Hall Room 112 on the SIUC campus. These concerts are especially to encourage listening skills for younger audiences and include interactive activities. One concert for school age children takes place at 10:00am at Shryock Auditorium on the SIUC campus on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. This concert features the full symphony orchestra and includes instrument demonstrations.

The 13th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival, "An Offer You Can't Refuse," takes place May 26 to June 11 at venues throughout Southern Illinois. Highlights include unique performances of Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni, updated with gangsters, fully staged, sung in Italian with projected English titles, with full orchestra and an incredible cast (June 9 and 11); three large orchestral concerts (June 2, 3 and 4) featuring symphonies and concertos by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky; a Memorial Day Extravaganza, modeled on the one in Washington, DC (May 29), a virtuoso organ recital (June 5), numerous chamber music performances (May 27, 31 and June 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10); the New Arts Jazztet (May 26, June 8 and 9), Young Artists Concerts (June 5 and 6); 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 for the latest schedule updates.