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Southern Illinois Music Festival

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Date(s) - 06/06/2022 - 06/26/2022
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The 18th annual and nationally recognized Southern Illinois Music Festival (SIFest) returns to promote the region’s cultural activity by again featuring a strong blend of professional singers and instrumentalists along with select SIU Carbondale faculty and students.

“This year’s festival may be our most ambitious yet, in terms of the breadth of our repertoire and personnel,” said Edward Benyas, SIFest artistic director and conductor.

“The festival includes 74 instrumental artists, 17 vocal and stage artists, 19 administrative and artistic staff, 30 host families, 14 concert venues and 53 out-of-town artists coming from across the United States to Southern Illinois for three weeks,” he said. “In addition to three challenging orchestral concerts and a wealth of chamber music, this year we are tackling the most difficult opera we have ever mounted, ‘Salome’ by Richard Strauss.”

Tickets to most festival events are $20 for general admission and $10 for students of any age; $25 and $10 for the June 18 and 21 opera performances at Shryock Auditorium and the June 17 and 24 performances at Carterville High School. A season pass is available for $125 and includes a SIFest program booklet. Tickets and festival passes will be available at the door.

Advance tickets are available by contacting Benyas at or 312-560-2094. Pre-festival ticket order forms available on the website can be printed out and should be mailed by May 25 along with a check for the total amount payable to “Southern Illinois Music Festival” to Edward Benyas, SIU School of Music, Mailcode 4302, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901.

Patrons will receive an email confirmation of their order and instructions.

Artist biographies and the full schedule of concerts are available on the festival website.

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