January 13, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Jan. 19 – Feb. 1 

This weekly email brings together all the arts and cultural events happening in a two-week period at SIU Carbondale. From music to art, film to dance, guest lectures to workshops and theater, you will find the information here. In addition, event information is subject to change. 


The Fidel Morales Afro-Cuban Jazz Trio visits SIU for a performance beginning at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 23, in the auditorium at Quigley Hall. The repertoire features Morales’ original compositions and arrangements of jazz classics. 

Morales is a drummer and percussionist originally from Havana, Cuba. He is living in Puerto Rico and serves as head of jazz drum at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He is a performer and composer, not only in jazz music, but also in the Cuban dance music known as “timba,” a music similar to salsa. 

Morales’ trio includes: Gabriel Rodriguez, a jazz bass professor at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a recording musician with two Grammy nominations to his name; and Isaac Lausell, head of the jazz and classical guitar program at SIU and also a recording and performing veteran. 

Tickets are $6 and are available at the door. 

In addition to the performance, Morales will teach a master class on Afro-Cuban music and jazz at 10 a.m., Jan. 23 in Altgeld Hall, Room 117. There is no charge for the master class, which is open to SIU students and the community. 

For more information, contact Isaac Lausell at Isaac.lausell@siu.edu or at 536-8742. 

Upcoming Events: 


25 -- Astronomy Observation 6 to 8 p.m., Neckers Observation Deck. Visible this evening are: Venus, Mars, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, the Moon, Orion’s Nebula and more.  Accompanied children are welcome. A presentation on the night sky is part of the evening’s event. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Bob Baer, rbaer@siu.edu or 453-2729. 

28 - Music concert: Pianist Junghwa Lee, veteran of Carnegie Hall and solo performer with orchestras from Asia to Europe and the United States, presents a faculty recital beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Baptist Foundation Hall. This is a free performance. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Junghwa Lee, j.lee@siu.edu or 453-5816. 

29 -- Music concert: Rockin’ the Symphony with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Head East, 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium. SISO co-stars with classic rock band Head East.

Roger Boyd, keyboardist and a founding member of Head East, selected a dozen songs for the evening’s program, choosing the classic rock band’s biggest hits, mostly from their top album, “Flat as a Pancake,” which broke ‘The Billboard 200’ in 1975 to peak at 126, and newer songs that seemed compatible with symphonic collaboration. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Edward Benyas, benyas@siu.edu or 453-5834.