February 09, 2011

Klassics for Kids welcomes Stars of Altgeld

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Klassics for Kids welcomes the Stars of Altgeld to Shryock Auditorium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Thursday, Feb. 10, for a kid-friendly version of the full-length performance that takes the stage later that evening.

The performance is at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. This performance targets school-age children, and features the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the winners of the SIUC School of Music competition winners: solo winner graduate student Jonathan Goodman (Syracuse, N.Y.) on clarinet, and composition winner senior Rebecca Carmack (Villa Grove), composer of “Disposition for Orchestra.”

Dates for other Klassics for Kids performances are: March 1 and April 5 for pre-school and early elementary school-age children, with free performances in Altgeld Hall; and March 29 with a free performance in Shryock Auditorium, for school-age children. Performances begin at 10 a.m.

Klassics for Kids is a free concert series, sponsored by the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and designed by the School of Music’s Edward Benyas and Kara Benyas, presented to expose children to live classical and jazz music performances. Interactive presentations of the music help children learn about the music and musical instruments, and to develop listening skills.