September 28, 2010

Symphony orchestra opens season on Oct. 5

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra of Southern Illinois University Carbondale launches its 2010-2011 season with “Tchaikovsky and Mandat,” an evening of Handel, and of course Tchaikovsky, and featuring guest clarinetist, Eric Mandat.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Shryock Auditorium, with Edward Benyas, musical director, at the helm. The program includes Handel’s “Music for Royal Fireworks,” Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Mandat performing the Clarinet Concerto by Carl Nielsen.

Mandat, professor and Distinguished Scholar at SIUC, is a leading clarinetist and an internationally recognized musician. His performance schedule takes him all over the United States and to Europe and Asia as well as into the recording studio. Mandat is part of the chamber music arm of the Chicago Symphony, and a member of the experimental recording and touring group, the Tone Road Ramblers.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the five-concert series making up the symphony season:

• Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Opera and Jazz, with the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theater and the Studio Jazz Orchestra.

• Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 19, 3 p.m., Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, with Willow Street Dance Company and guest principal dancers.

• Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., Stars of Altgeld, with winners from the SIUC School of Music Solo Competition and Composition Contest.

• March 19, 7:30 p.m., Pictures at an Exhibition, with Southeast Missouri State University Orchestra, and featuring special guest, David Halen, Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

All performances are at Shryock Auditorium. For more details about the symphony season, visit

Season tickets include all performances listed above. Season tickets are $110 for general admission, and $45 for students of all ages. Individual performance tickets are $22 for general admission and $9 for students of all ages. Season tickets and individual performance tickets are available online at or at 618/453-6000, or in person at the Shryock Auditorium Box Office. Individual performance tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before the performance.