November 08, 2011

Performance will feature ‘Stars of Altgeld’

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- It’s all in the stars at Southern Illinois University Carbondale when the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra comes to Shryock Auditorium for its November concert, “Mahler and the Stars.”

The second concert of the symphony season features the Stars of Altgeld, winners of the annual School of Music Solo and Composition Competitions.  Joining our local stars are our own Michael Barta, and soprano Barbara Paver, visiting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Shryock Auditorium.  Tickets are $20; student tickets are $8.  Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before the concert.  Tickets are available in advance at the Shryock Auditorium box office during regular office hours, or at, or by calling 618/453-6000.

Featured “Altgeld Stars” are Audra Fuhr (Columbia, Ill.) and Hyun Ji Oh (South Korea).  Fuhr is the 2011 School of Music Composition Competition winner.  The orchestra performs her winning composition, “American Pictures.”  Oh is the 2011 School of Music Solo Competition winner, and she will perform “Piano Concerto No. 3,” a Prokofiev composition.  Graduate student Michael Wheatley (Cincinnati, Ohio) guest conducts.

The concert also commemorates the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler with a performance of his Fourth Symphony.  This performance includes soloist Barbara Paver.  The composition also calls for a virtuoso solo, supplied by Michael Barta, professor of violin and chamber music.

A Klassics for Kids concert, related to the “Mahler and the Stars” concert, is set for the same day, beginning at 10 a.m. in Shryock Auditorium.  That performance, geared to very young listeners as an introduction to classical music and listening skills, is free.