April 19, 2022

SIU School of Music presents two spring chamber music concerts on April 23 and May 1

by Kamaria Harmon

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music will present two spring chamber music concerts on April 23 and May 1.

The Fermi String Quartet from Chicago will perform music by Crusell, Dvorak and Gardel April 23 at Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall; the program is free and open to the public. SIU Professor of Oboe Edward Benyas joins the Fermi Quartet to open the concert. This appearance of the Fermi Quartet is sponsored by the SIU Student Fine Arts Activity Fee and the Southern Illinois Symphony.

The repertoire for April 23 is:

  • Divertimento for Oboe and Strings by Bernhard Crusell
  • “Tango Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel (featured in the movie “Scent of a Woman”)
  • “American” Quartet by Antonin Dvorak

The May 1 concert, Strings and Winds will be at 3 p.m. at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. The performance will feature music faculty at SIU including Michael Barta on violin, William Cernota on cello, Douglas Worthen on flute, Edward Benyas on oboe, and three Chamber Music Society scholarship recipients, SIU students Jace Kim and Jonathan Henson, both on viola, and Emily Gallagher on cello.

Admission to the May 1 concert is $15 for the public and $5 for students at the door.

The repertoire on May 1 is:

  • Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello, Op.40 by Albert Roussel
  • Flute Quartet in C major, Op. 145 No.1 by Ferdinand Ries
  • Quintet in C minor for Oboe and Strings, K. 406 by W. A. Mozart 

For information regarding the Fermi String Quartet, email Edward Benyas at benyas@siu.edu. For information about the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society visit the Chamber Music Society website.