March 14, 2012

Symphony Orchestra to present ‘Out of This World’

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra (SISO) invites audiences into orbit and beyond with its final performance of the 2011-2012 season. 

“Out of This World,” a performance featuring the symphonic work “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, comes to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Shryock Auditorium on March 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A free, post-concert reception at Altgeld Hall, sponsored by the SISO Patrons Committee and Sigma Alpha Iota, an SIU Carbondale music sorority, follows the concert.

Special guest, Carbondale native David Kim, now concertmaster for the Philadelphia Orchestra, returns to his hometown as violin soloist for Camille Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Violin Concerto.  This is Kim’s third return-home visit to the Shryock stage.  The program also includes the Russian Easter Overture by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Kim is not the only special guest.  The SIU Edwardsville Orchestra joins SISO at Shryock on March 27.  The two groups reprise the performance on March 28 at SIU Edwardsville.

The traditional Klassics for Kids interactive music event for children, featuring a special preview of the concert designed just for school children, is set for 10 a.m. on March 27 at Shryock Auditorium, and at 10 a.m. on March 28 at SIU Edwardsville.  The performances are free, and no reservations are required.

Tickets for the evening performance are $20 for the general public, and $8 for students.  In addition, the March 27 performance at Shryock Auditorium is  “Union Night at the Symphony.”  Admission for all families with a union card is $8.  Tickets are on sale at the door beginning an hour before the performance.  Buy tickets ahead at Southern Tickets Online by calling 618/453-6000 or at