June 18, 2013

‘Stars of Today and Tomorrow’ perform June 22

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Nick Ginsburg, a senior at Carbondale Community High School, is the winner of this year’s Young Artists Competition, a feature part of the Southern Illinois Music Festival at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The annual competition brings young musicians into a professional music performance setting.  Ginsburg will play the slow movement of Ravel’s Piano Concerto during the Stars of Today and Tomorrow performance, a highlight concert of the festival.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., Carbondale. The orchestra presents music from J. S. Bach and Luigi Boccherini.  Featured performers include principal players from the Festival Orchestra, including James Ryon (oboe) and Bill Cernota (cello).

Edward Benyas, professor of oboe at the SIU School of Music and festival music director, describes Ginsburg as “a very talented musician,” noting he also plays horn with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Other winners are:

  • Katrina Buys, soprano, a recent graduate of Carbondale Community High School -- second place.
  • Gabriela Benyas, violin, a sixth grade student at Carbondale Middle School -- third place.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students, and will be available at the door before the performance.