June 12, 2012

Music Festival concert planned in Sesser

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois Music Festival, hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s School of Music and featuring dozens of performances in venues across the Southern Illinois region, is coming to the Sesser Opera House.

The concert is a chamber music presentation of the music of Franck, Elgar, and Bloch, for piano and strings.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on June 19.  Tickets are $10 and $5.

Professional musicians help make the SI Music Festival what its founder, Professor Edward Benyas, also artistic director of the festival and orchestra conductor, wanted it to be.  Benyas imagined a multi-venue festival bringing professional musicians to the Southern Illinois region to give area residents the opportunity to experience a level of musicianship and performance often available only at much larger venues for much higher ticket prices.

For a complete schedule, as well as artist biographies and driving directions to venues, visit the website at www.sifest.com.