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2018-19 Season: Great Classics from Bach to Our Time

Edward Benyas, Music Director 

SISO Season Brochure (pdf)

Listen to an hour-long radio preview of the 2018-19 Southern Illinois Symphony season, hosted by Maestro Benyas here:

*Sunday, October 28 at 2pm in Shryock Auditorium: Bach, Haydn and Mozart

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2; Haydn: Symphony No. 82 (“Bear”); Wienawski: Legende Benyas: Raven’s Ride; Mozart: Symphony No. 40. John Dee, Oboe; James Thompson, Flute; Jered Montgomery, Trumpet; Michael Barta and Sophia Han, Violins; Edward Benyas, Conductor.

*Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Veterans Day at 100

Southern Illinois Symphony recognizes the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, with music from the belligerent countries, including John Phillip Sousa’s “In Flanders Field,” Aaron Copland’s “Simple Gifts” and Berlioz’ “La Marseillaise.” Edward Benyas and William Bewley, Conductors.

*Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: The Poor People of Paris

The Southern Illinois Symphony, conducted by Edward Benyas, presents a special “French Valentine” concert, featuring the jazz vocal and instrumental group, The Poor People of Paris.

*Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Stars of Altgeld

Southern Illinois Symphony accompanies winners of the annual college and pre-college Solo Competitions, along with Beethoven’s iconic 5th Symphony. Edward Benyas and William Bewley, Conductors.

*Thursday, April 25 at 7:30pm in Shryock Auditorium: Verdi Requiem

Verdi’s Requiem Mass with the combined Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri Symphonies, the combined choruses of Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri Universities, and soloists: Christine Brewer, soprano; Debra Hillebrand, mezzo, Scott Ramsay, tenor and David Dillard, Baritone. Edward Benyas, Conductor.

Post-concert reception in Altgeld 112


Tuesday, February 12 at 6pm in Shryock Balcony Lobby:
Pre-concert wine and cheese reception ($30)


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

Note: SIU students with ID gain free admission on April 25

Call 453-2000 for tickets, or buy online

Southern Illinois Music Festival

The 15th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival will take place May 24 to June 9, 2019. It features two Italian operas: Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Verdi’s Il Trovatore; Chamber music of women composers; Concertos by Handel, Lalo and Brahms; Symphonies by Mendelssohn and Dvorak; Klassics for Kids and Jive with Jazz. More details at