Whether you live in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, or anywhere else in the Midwest, the Southern Illinois Music Festival is a treat for any classical or jazz music, opera, or ballet lover. The 2010 Festival is no exception. From the chamber music concert on June 6, to the opera on June 26, and all the exciting performances in between, the Southern Illinois Music Festival is jam packed with awesome musical events for arts lovers of all ages.
Our whole family has been involved with classical music in one capacity or another, so we are thrilled when an event of this caliber comes to Southern Illinois. I look forward to the brochure that arrives in my mailbox around the middle of May. I listen to WSIU, our local public radio station, for interviews with Edward Benyas, the Festival’s Artistic Director and Conductor, to get inside information on the many concerts, operas, and ballets offered in Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri.
What kind of special events will be offered at the Southern Illinois Music Festival this year? For complete up to date details, visit the Website The website contains information about the principal musicians, dancers, and singers, a complete list of performances, and so much more. Many of the events are free or the admission fee is very reasonable for the high quality performances that the Festival is known for. According to the Southern Illinois Music Festival brochure, casual dress is welcome. I have found that there is a very relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere surrounding these events. And children are welcome at so many of the performances. In fact, the Klassics for Kids events are designed especially for the younger set. For a list of all the Klassics performances and their locations, get on the Website and click on the Klassics for Kids sidebar.
Romeo and Juliet is a recurring theme at the 2010 Southern Illinois Music Festival. There are Romeo and Juliet ballets, operas, movies, and symphonic programs in several locations throughout Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri. I was listening to a WSIU interview with Maestro Benyas, and he said that the ballet is set in a different time and location than the original Shakespeare play. Here’s a broadcast of the interview.
What are some of the highlights of the 2010 Southern Illinois Music Festival? I counted 37 live performances, parties, or movies in at least 14 different towns, so there are many things to keep you entertained! If I had to choose 3 performances to attend, I would pick the following:
1. Romeo and Juliet ballet, Marion Civic Center, June 11 at 7:30 and June 12 at 2:00
2. Chamber Music concert , The View Church, Carbondale at 3 P.M. on June 20
3. Romeo and Juliet opera, Shryock Auditorium, Carbondale at 7:30 P.M. on June 24
I wish I could see them all! Remember, the performance list is subject to change, so be sure and check the website for the latest information. It’s going to be fantastic!