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14th Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival


Twos By Tews: May 25-June 10, 2018


The 14th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival features three-dozen performances in venues from Carbondale to Cairo, Murphysboro to Marion and at many points in between. In addition to members of the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, musicians from throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia perform orchestral and chamber music, opera, patriotic music, and jazz in an informal and inviting atmosphere. Casual dress is welcome!

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This year’s Festival is titled “Twos By Tews,” runs May 25-June 10 and features music in pairs:

  • Two vocal works (Mozart’s Magic Flute and Rossini’s Messa di Gloria)
  • Two Glorious Symphonies (Beethoven’s 7th and Brahms’ 4th)
  • A Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Jacob Tews (world premiere)
  • More Double Concertos by Bach (violins), Mozart (pianos) and Mendelssohn (clarinets)
  • Two beautiful works for violin and orchestra, featuring Albert Igolnikov
  • Wind and String Octets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn

The crux of the Festival are the vocal/orchestral works by Mozart and Rossini. Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute (June 8 and 10), will be sung in English with a fabulous cast and a unique plot twist. Rossini’s incredible Mass (June 1 and 3), in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death, was discovered only in the mid-20th century. Other Festival highlights are a Memorial Day orchestral tribute, a virtuoso organ recital, a Beatles tribute band concert, chamber music, the New Arts Jazztet, 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 or email Please join us for our 14th season of great music!

Tickets for all 2018 Southern Illinois Music Festival performances are available: In advance, online and in person at any of the SIU Ticket offices, or at the door of each performance. Patrons may also purchase a non-transferable SIFest pass, through the ticket office at a cost of $100. This will allow admission to all SIFest events (except the Chamber Music Soirées), a value of $160 with no waiting in line for tickets.

The Southern Illinois Music Festival has been nationally recognized:

  • In Symphony magazine, the premiere publication for American orchestras, as one of only four professional music festivals in Illinois, alongside such distinguished peers as the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony;
  • By the Chicago Tribune Travel section as one of 24 top summer activities (musical and otherwise) in an eight-state region;
  • By AAA Midwest magazine as a Midwest Travel Treasure and in a full-page photo feature;
  • BY WTTW’s Arts Across Illinois, in Chamber Music America; and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and a variety of private foundations.

Major sponsors of the 2018 Southern Illinois Music Festival include: Illinois Arts Council, WSIU Public Broadcasting, WSIL TV 3, SIU Foundation, Oris B. Hastings Foundation, City of Marion, Samuel Goldman, Peter Gregory, Rob & Melissa Jensen, Richard & Ellen Bradley, Carolyn Wagner Snyder, Patricia Guyon, Jan & the late Bob Radtke, University Mall, Southern Illinois Ob-Gyn Associates, First Bank and Trust Company, Lake of Egypt Resort, Brehm School and Anna Arts Center.


“Twos by Tews”

Tentative Performance Schedule (as of 2-7-18) (subject to change)

Fri. May 25

9am: WSIU SIFest 2017 Radio Preview, 91.9 FM

7pm: New Arts Jazztet (Varsity Center for the Arts) (TBA)

Sat. May 26

7pm: Chamber Music Soirée (Ugent Home) ($50)

Sun. May 27

8:30pm: Beatles Orchestra Concert (Egyptian Hills Resort) (TBA)

Mon. May 28 (Memorial Day)

Noon: Klassics for Kids (University Mall) (Free)

7pm:  Orchestra and Singers Memorial Day Concert (Marion HS) (Free)

            Patriotic Music

Tue. May 29

7:30pm: Chamber Orchestra Concert: Bach, Handel and Mozart

(First United Methodist, Carbondale) ($20/8)

Handel: Queen of Sheba Entry; Bach, Mendelssohn and Mozart Double Concertos

Wed. May 30

10am: Klassics for Kids (Du Quoin Library) (Free)

10am: Klassics for Kids (Christopher Civic Center) (Free)

5:00pm: Eric McCluskey Recital (First United Methodist, Carbondale) (Free)

Thur. May 31

6:00pm: Chamber Music Concert (Cairo Public Library) (Free)

6:30pm: Chamber Music Soirée: The Brehm School ($50)

Fri. June 1

4pm: Albert Igolnikov Violin Master Class (Altgeld 110) (Free)

7:30pm: Rossini Mass (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel) ($20/8)

Sat. June 2

Noon: Jive with Jazz (University Mall) (Free)

3pm: Young Artists Program Opera Scenes Performance (OBF Recital Hall)

7:30pm: Orchestra Concert: Tews, Igolnikov and Brahms (Shryock) ($20/8)

            Hansel and Gretel Prelude; Jacob Tews: Double Concerto; Vitali Chaconne

Brahms 4th Symphony (Albert Igolnikov and Kiril Laskarov, Violins; Eric Lenz, Cello)

Sun. June 3

2pm: Rossini Mass (First United Methodist Church, Carbondale) ($20/8)

Mon. June 4

12:30: Klassics for Kids (Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church) (Free)

7:30pm: American Guild of Organists Guest Artist Recital (Shryock) (Free)

Tue. June 5

Quatro’s Fundraiser (40% of your bill) to benefit SIFest all day. Use form.

11:30am: Jive with Jazz (Murphysboro Youth & Recreation Center) (Free)

7:30pm: Chamber Music in Anna (Anna Arts Center) ($10/5)

7:30pm: Chamber Music Concert: Mozart, Mendelssohn and More (FUMC) ($10/5)

            Mendelssohn and Beethoven Octets; Dohnanyi Piano Quintet

Wed. June 6

10am: Klassics for Kids (Anna Arts Center (Free)

10am: Klassics for Kids (Varsity Center for the Arts Balcony) (Free)

Thur. June 7

11am: Jive with Jazz (Boys and Girls Club, Carbondale) (Free)

5:00pm: Benyas Family Recital (First United Methodist, Carbondale) (Donation)

6:00pm: New Arts Jazztet (Cairo Public Library) (Free)

Fri. June 8

5pm: Happy Hour Mozart, wine and hors d’oeuvres (Guyon Home) ($25)

5pm: New Arts Jazztet (Brews Brothers Taproom, Murphysboro) (Free)

7:30pm: Magic Flute Performance (Shryock) ($20/8)

Sat. June 9

10am: Klassics for Kids (University Mall and TBA) (Free)

3pm: Young Artists Program Opera Scenes Performance (Anna Arts Center)

6:45pm: Pre-Concert Lecture by David Tuttle (Carterville HS Cafeteria)

7:30pm: Orchestra Concert: Butterfly and Beethoven (Carterville High School) ($20/8)

Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto; Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Dong Jinjie, Guest Conductor

Sun. June 10

1:15pm: Pre-Concert Lecture by David Tuttle (Shryock Upstairs Balcony)

2pm: Magic Flute Performance (Shryock) ($20/8)