November 17, 2010

Performance will feature both opera and jazz

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Opera and jazz -- you’ll think of them as a natural pairing after the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale presents the next installation of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra season series.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Shryock Auditorium. The symphony orchestra welcomes the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theater, the SIUC Concert Choir and the SIUC Studio Jazz Orchestra to this marriage of opera and jazz.

The first part of the program features highlights from well-known operas. The jazz part of the program features acclaimed baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson. Wilson has more than 30 years of performance credit, mainly on the baritone sax. He was part of the late 1970s jazz and Latin music scene in New York City; band member for such jazz greats as Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, and Bruce Hornsby; and solo recording artist.

A corresponding Klassics for Kids performance is set for 10 a.m. on Nov. 18 in Shryock Auditorium. This free performance targets students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Tickets are $22 for general admission and $9 for students of all ages. Get tickets in advance at or at 618/453-6000, or in person at the Shryock Auditorium Box Office. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before the performance.