The 10th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival, “Mostly Mozart in the Midwest,” begins appropriately on the 10th of June, 2014, and continues until the 30th. This year’s festival will as always include some free events:
New Arts Jazz Quartet
The group will play for free on Saturday, June 14, at the Cairo Public Library, 7:30 pm;
Tuesday, June 17, at the Town Square Plaza, Murphysboro, 9:30 pm;
and on Sunday, June 29, at Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass, 5:30 pm.
Other Free Concerts
Monday, June 23, Chamber Music at the Cairo Public Library, 7:30 pm.
Thursday, June 26, the Benyas Family Recital at the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, 5 pm.
Thursday, June 26, a Clarinet, Cello and Piano Recital at the Old Baptist Foundation, SIU Campus, Carbondale, 7:30 pm.
Free Children’s Events
The children’s events, Klassics for Kids and Jive with Jazz, held at venures throughout the region, are all free. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend with the children. Also, the Southern Illinois Music Festival website adds that these events are open to “children of all ages,” so I don’t think an unaccompanied adult would be refused admission.
Jive with Jazz
Thursday June 12, Herrin Civic Center, 10 am
Saturday June 14, Cairo Public Library, 4 pm
Tuesday June 17, Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale, 10 am
Saturday June 21, University Mall, Carbondale, 10 am
Friday June 27, Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center, 11 am
Klassics for Kids
Thursday June 12, Altgeld Hall, SIU, 10 am
Tuesday June 17, DuQuoin City Hall, 10 am
Thursday June 19, Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale, 10 am
Saturday June 21, Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 12 pm
Friday June 27, Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church, 12 pm
Saturday June 28, University Mall, Carbondale, 10 am; Old Feed Store, Cobden, 10 am; Renascence House, Makanda, 10 am
Paid events vary in price; tickets are $20 (premium seating $25, students $8) for each of the two operas, the ballet, and the Coronation Mass.
For the closing concert, Rockin’ the Symphony, with classic rock group Head East, tickets are $20 and $15.
The Battle of Normandy orchestral concert tickets are $15 (students $6).
Chamber music and smaller concerts are $10 (students $5), or free if noted above.
See the Southern Illinois Music Festival website for the complete schedule of events. If you plan to attend them all, buy a pass for $100 and save. Or just choose the concerts you want to attend from the wide variety of offerings.
It’s going to be a beautiful June in Southern Illinois!
Source: Adam Testa, “A Decade of Delight: Southern Illinois Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years,” The Southern Illinoisan Flipside, June 5, 2014, pp. 6-7.