Bavarian youth band

August 16, 2019

Bavarian youth band will be featured in free concert at SIU

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — This is your chance to hear a free concert featuring 50 talented young European musicians.

The Bavarian Youth Band: Jungendblasorchester Bibertal (JBO) will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Shryock Auditorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The performance is open to the public.

Band will perform movie tunes

The JBO’s musicians are ages 14 to 30. The wind band, under the direction of Hermann Taubenheim, will perform selections from a variety of popular films including “The Greatest Showman,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “The Rock.” The concert will also include a medley from Adele’s “21” album.

The concert is a presentation of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra (SISO) along with the band programs of Carbondale Community High School and Carterville High School, and the groups’ directors, Edward Benyas, Greg Townsend and Andrew Nash. The Carbondale High School Marching Terriers will also perform during the concert.

The SISO is comprised of SIU faculty and students along with talented community members and professionals.

Promoting cross-cultural ties

The performance at SIU is part of a 12-day tour throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio by JBO and is in collaboration with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program. The tour promotes social and cultural exchanges and fosters connections between youths from both countries.

The JBO Bibertal musicians are being hosted by 26 different Southern Illinois families connected with SISO or the Carbondale or Carterville high schools during their three-day stay in the region.

For more information about the concert, contact Benyas at