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Southern Illinois Music Festival July 6-18 2021

Southern Illinois Music Festival

17th Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival

July 6-18, 2021

The 17th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival runs July 6 through 18, 2021. Highlights include Mozart’s hilarious and appropriately revised opera, “Covid fan tutte,” sung in English with English supertitles. Two performances of this masterpiece conclude the Festival on July 16 and 18 (with a concert version featuring Young Artists on July 15). In addition to the opera, we will present several chamber orchestra and chamber music performances, featuring Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” several wind concertos and arias, beautiful preludes by Verdi, Puccini and Debussy, works for string octet by Raff and Gliere, French chamber music for string quartet and wind quintet, piano trios by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich, Dvorak’s masterpiece for Piano Quintet, and much more, including a “Best of the Fest” concert on the final weekend. We will also present our popular free admission Jive with Jazz and Klassics for Kids events at venues around the region. All in just 13 days! Venues include Shryock Auditorium, artspace304, First United Methodist Church of Carbondale, Episcopal Church of Cairo, Presbyterian Church of Anna, and the Anna Arts Center. Just as we did for our 2020 Festival, our artists and patrons will comply with state and local health regulations regarding mask wearing, social distancing and audience size limitations. Moreover, all of our artists will be fully vaccinated, and we politely encourage all of our patrons to be as well. Complete details on the artists and performances are at

Tickets to most Festival events are $20 general and $10 for students of any age ($25 and $10 for the opera). Since audience size and thus ticket revenue will be significantly reduced, any additional contributions to support the Southern Illinois Music Festival would be much appreciated, by check payable to the SIU Foundation sent to Edward Benyas at the SIU School of Music. WSIL-TV will broadcast the “Covid fan tutte” performances.

Tickets available now

Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students of any age. Concert admission is by check or cash in the exact amount, and attendance is by advance reservation only. Reservations are available up to two days before each concert.

For tickets, call, email or text Benyas at or 312/560-2094 to make a reservation. Please indicate the dates of attendance and the number of patrons in your party. SIFest will indicate on social media and on the SIFest website when concerts have reached capacity.

The festival is subject to any restrictions implemented by the state of Illinois or SIU as a result of current conditions. Complete details on the artists and the performance schedule is available at:

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 Southern Illinois Music Festival include:

Carbondale Community Arts
CCA Southern Arts Fund
City of Carbondale
First Bank and Trust Company
Illinois Arts Council
Meredith Funeral Home
SI Chapter, American Guild of Organists
SIU Carbondale
SIU Foundation
Southern Illinois OB-GYN Associates
WSIU Public Broadcasting

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Marcia Anderson
Anonymous Donor
Janet Banerjee
Don & Shirley Beggs
Ben & Christine Begley
Dorothy Beyler & Neal Foland
Dale Budslick & Alan Kim
Lurene Connor
Herb & Carolyn Donow
Samuel Goldman
Peter Gregory
Patricia Guyon
Amber Hanson
Hastings Foundation
Anita Hutton
Rob & Melissa Jensen
Adrian & Gabriela Martin
Susie Phillips
John & Mary Pohlmann
Jan Radtke
Carolyn Wagner Snyder
Francis & Julie Tsung
Vivian Ugent
Don & Leeta Wilson

- July 6-18, 2021

Tuesday, July 6

7pm: Benyas Piano Trio at First United Methodist Church of Carbondale

  • Trios by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich

Friday, July 9

  • 7pm: Chamber Orchestra at First United Methodist Church of Carbondale: Vivaldi Overload
    Vivaldi string and wind concertos, including two of the “Four Seasons”

Saturday, July 10

  • 11am: Jive with Jazz in Carbondale
  • 7pm: Chamber Music at ArtSpace 304: Debussy, Milhaud and Gliere
    French works for string quartet and wind quintet, and the string octet by Reinhold Gliere.

Sunday, July 11

  • 2pm: Chamber Orchestra at First United Methodist Church of Carbondale: Preludes and Concerti
    Operatic preludes by Verdi and Puccini, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, two of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” and a Mozart aria and concerto.

Monday, July 12

  • 5pm: Chamber Music at Episcopal Church of Cairo: First and last String Quartets of Beethoven
  • 7pm: Chamber Music at Anna Arts Center: String Octets by Joachim Raff and Reinhold Gliere

Tuesday, July 13

  • 7pm: Chamber Music at First United Methodist Church of Carbondale: Raff, Ligeti and Dvorak
    String Octet by Raff, Ligeti Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, and Dvorak Piano Quintet

Thursday, July 15

  • 7pm: Mozart’s Covid fan tutte Concert Version at Shryock Auditorium

Friday, July 16

  • 7pm: Mozart’s Covid fan tutte at Shryock Auditorium

Saturday, July 17

  • 11am: Klassics for Kids at Anna Presbyterian Church
  • Noon: Music for Strings and Organ at Anna Presbyterian Church
  • Noon: Klassics for Kids in Carbondale and Other Locations
  • 7pm: Chamber Orchestra Concert at First United Methodist Church of Carbondale: Best of the Fest
    Excerpts from the previous two weeks

Sunday, July 18

  • 2pm: Mozart’s Covid fan tutte at Shryock Auditorium