June 12, 2007

Music festival bringing two concerts to Carterville

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Music Festival, sponsored by Southern Illinois University Carbondale, brings two concerts to Carterville this summer.

Klassics for Kids, a free, interactive program designed to introduce classical music to children ages 0 to 8 years old, is at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at the Carterville Community Center at 120 N. Greenbriar St. The program features a string quartet. Edward Benyas, SIUC music professor, conductor of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the festival's founder and artistic director, said musical education is an important component of the festival.

The festival brings jazz to the O'Neill Auditorium at John A. Logan College on Thursday, June 21. The event showcases SIUC-based New Arts Jazztet – a group Benyas described as "forged in the eclecticism of neo-bop and the energy of contemporary jazz."

More information about the festival and a complete schedule of events and venues are available at www.SIFest.com, or call 618/53-MUSIC or 618/453-2776.

In addition to SIUC, major sponsors include the Illinois Arts Council, the City of Carbondale, The Southern Illinoisan, WSIL-TV, WSIU Public Broadcasting, Carbondale Community Arts, Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Southern Illinois Miners, Mélange, Boundless Gallery.com, Dr. Samuel Goldman, the Julia Harrison Bruce Foundation-Bank of Herrin Trustee, the Garwin Family Foundation, Hastings Foundation, Moore-Corpora Foundation, SISO Patrons Committee and Southern Foundation.

Here are the Carterville events:


Klassics for Kids (ages 0-8)

2 p.m., Carterville Community Center

String Quartet


New Arts Jazztet

7:30 p.m., O'Neill Auditorium, John A. Logan College, Carterville

$10 adults, $5 students

Call John A. Logan College at 618/985-2828, ext. 8287 for tickets