November 08, 2007

Civic orchestra concert set for Nov. 15

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra, a community ensemble of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students, advanced area high school students and amateur adult members of the community, presents a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Shryock Auditorium.

Conductor Eric Lenz, assistant professor of cello at SIUC, described the orchestra as a "high-quality training ensemble" composed of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. This year, about half the members are SIUC students, but not all of them are music majors. In fact, Lenz said, there are about as many non-music majors as music majors in the orchestra. In addition, the symphony includes advanced high school students from Carbondale, Marion, Herrin, Murphysboro and Cobden.

The November concert includes some exciting pieces, including George Frederick Handel's "Overture to the Royal Fireworks," Robert W. Smith's "The Great Locomotive Chase," and the "Sentimental Sarabande" from Benjamin Britten's "Simple Symphony for String Orchestra."

Tickets are $7.50 for general admission and $3 for students, senior citizens 60 years old and older and children 15 years old and younger.