February 24, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

March 2-17 

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. Note that the university’s spring break is March 7-15. 


The annual “Stars of Altgeld” concert at Shryock Auditorium features the winners of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music Solo Competition. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 3

This year’s School of Music Solo Competition winners are Laura Kucharik, a graduate student from Marion, and Madeline Rogers of Eldorado. Kucharik is a mezzo soprano and a student of David Dillard, opera performer and associate professor of voice. Rogers is a senior student of Junghwa Lee, associate professor of piano and noted performer. 

The two will solo with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, performing music by Rossini and Beethoven. Also on the program is the “William Tell” Overture and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, all under the direction of guest conductor, Massimiliano Donninelli, artistic director of the Italian National Youth Orchestra. Donninelli is also music director of the Zauberorcherstra of Trieste, Italy.  He serves on the music faculties of the Tartini Conservatory in Trieste and the Mascagni Institute in Livorno, Italy. 

A companion concert targeting young listeners is the same day, beginning at 10 a.m. in Shryock Auditorium. Klassics for Kids is a learning and music appreciation program catering to young audiences. Families, educators and caregivers are encouraged to bring children from pre-kindergarten up through grade school to this free event. 

Tickets for the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s “Stars of Altgeld” concert are $20 for general admission. SIU students are admitted free, but they must go to the box office to obtain a ticket. Tickets for all other students of any age are $8. To purchase tickets in advance, go in person to the SIU Arena or McLeod Theater box offices, call 618/453-6000 or go online to the SIU Ticket Office. Tickets are available at the Shryock Auditorium box office beginning one hour before the concert. 

Upcoming Events: 


2 -- Scholarship fundraiser: 19th annual Celebrate Women Luncheon, Student Center. The event includes a silent auction, 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m. The luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m. in Ballroom D. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Women: Honoring Inclusive Excellence.” During the luncheon, Anita Hutton, retired assistant to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will provide piano music from women composers. Elyse Pineau, University Honors program visiting lecturer and communication studies associate professor emerita, performs “Nursing Mother,” a piece she wrote. Speakers include: Linda McCabe Smith, associate chancellor for institutional diversity; Ronda Dunn, honorary chair, and Jazma Sutton, a 2014 scholarship recipient.

Tickets are $25. 

FOR THE MEDIA: For information about covering this event contact Linda McCabe Smith, lsmith@siu.edu or 453-1186. 

2 -- Public lecture: Visiting artist. Dana Turkovic, curator, from The Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. Turkovic has curated exhibits in Los Angeles and New York, London and Oxford. She will discuss professional gallery practices, publication, and the community involvement with the arts. The lecture is at 5 p.m. in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Diane McClain Inman, dinman@siu.edu, 453-4313. 

3 -- Concert: Klassics for Kids, 10 a.m. in Shryock Auditorium. This free program offers educators and families a chance to bring pre-kindergarten through early elementary school children to an interactive music concert at which they will learn listening skills and the instruments making the music. 

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

3 -- Concert: The annual Stars of Altgeld concert features SIU talent as the winners of the annual School of Music Solo Competition perform with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. Tickets are $20, student tickets are $8. Tickets are available online, by phone at 618/453-6000, and at the door beginning an hour before the concert. 

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

5 -- Science Fair: The annual Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 8 Science Fair comes to campus for an all-day event in the Student Center ballrooms. Project judging is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Projects are open for viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. This event brings approximately 400 students to campus as they compete in 18 different categories covering a wide representation of the sciences. SIU faculty and graduate students serve as judges, determining the top 60 projects that will advance to state competition. The state competition will be at SIU this year. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Kathy Pericak-Spector, lpericak@math.siu.edu or 453-6569. 

6 -- Women’s History Month event: Women Trail Blazers, presentation and reception, 4-6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. This event features a panel discussion from women with a personal perspective on cultural, economic, legal and other changes, and the impact on women in the United States. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Melinda Yeomans, myeomans1@siu.edu. 

16 -- Women’s History Month event: State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, is a guest speaker for “Pizza and Politics,” an informal venue for political topics and guests. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is a co-sponsor of this event. Pre-registration is requested by calling Carol Greenlee, 453-4009 or by email at cgreenlee@siu.edu

FOR THE MEDIA: For more information or to arrange an interview with Terri Bryant, contact Carol Greenlee at cgreenlee@siu.edu or 453-4009. 

CURRENT EXHIBITS:                                                 

Art Exhibit: 50th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery -- Morris Library, Hall of Presidents. This exhibit commemorates the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 that were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement leading up to the Voting Rights Act. The exhibit runs through March 14.   

Art Exhibit: Expressions of Freedom, Morris Library First Floor Rotunda Exhibit Space. The exhibit runs through March 31. 

University Museum exhibits: Six exhibits currently open, including “Celebrities and Scintillations: Andy Warhol’s Party.” There is no admission to University Museum.