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2017-18 Season: The Russians are Coming!

Edward Benyas, Music Director

Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Romeo and Juliet and Orli Shaham

The Southern Illinois Symphony opens its all-Russian season with excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s gorgeous ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Following intermission, the pianist, Orli Shaham (wife of former St. Louis Symphony Music Director, David Robertson and sister of renowned violinist, Gil Shaham) performs Sergei Rachmaninov’s fabulous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, all conducted by Music Director, Edward Benyas. (Supported by SIU Fine Arts Activity Fee; all SIU students admitted free).

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Borodin and Tchaikovsky

The Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra performs music from Borodin’s 2nd Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Symphony, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet.

Friday, December 1 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 2 at 2pm in Shryock Auditorium: The Nutcracker

The Southern Illinois Symphony and Ballet perform Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, with principal dancers from the Peoria Ballet.

Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Stars of Altgeld

Maestro Benyas and the Southern Illinois Symphony accompany the “Stars of Altgeld” (winners of the annual School of Music Solo Competition). Also on the program is the Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra, performing music by Tchaikovsky and others.

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Rachel Barton Pine and Tchaikovsky

The Southern Illinois Symphony season concludes with world renowned violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, in a performance of Aram Khachaturian's exciting Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky's glorious 5th Symphony. The SISO is joined by the SIU Edwardsville Orchestra to form an ensemble 100 strong. Edward Benyas and Michael Mishra conduct.

Post-concert reception in Altgeld 112


Tuesday, October 24 at 6pm in Shryock Balcony Lobby:
Pre-concert wine and cheese reception ($30)

Saturday, February 10 at 7pm in the Student Center Ballrooms:
“A Red Valentine” featuring all-Russian chamber music, drinks and desserts ($60)


General Season Ticket—Five concerts: $100
Season Ticket Under Age 50—Five concerts: $80
Non-SIU Student Season Ticket—Five concerts: $40

Southern Illinois Symphony Series (General admission $20; Students $8)
Call 453-2000 for tickets, or go to

Klassics for Kids

The SISO once again presents its highly acclaimed concert series for young persons: Klassics for Kids. The 2017-18 series includes two concerts for pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade and one concert 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 7, 2017 and March 6, 2018 in Altgeld Hall Room 112 on the SIUC campus. These concerts are especially to encourage listening skills for younger audiences and include interactive activities. A special concert for school age children takes place at 10:00am at Shryock Auditorium on the SIUC campus on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This concert features the full symphony orchestra and include instrument demonstrations.

Southern Illinois Music Festival

The 14th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival, “Twos By Tews,” will take place May 25 to June 10, 2018 and feature two fabulous operas (Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro), Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony, Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto and Double Concertos by Mozart, Salieri, Mendelssohn and Jacob Tews. More details at