The 18th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival runs June 6 through 26, 2022. Highlights include Richard Strauss’ iconic and controversial opera, Salomé, never before performed in Southern Illinois. Two performances of this seminal work, featuring Salomé’s famous Dance of the Seven Veils and the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter, anchor the Festival on Saturday and Tuesday nights, June 18 and 21. In addition to the opera, we will present three large orchestral concerts in Carterville and Marion: Friday evenings, June 17 and 24 at Carterville High School (Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony on the 17th; Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Sibelius’ 5th Symphony on the 24th), and a free admission all-American patriotic concert at Marion High School (including music to celebrate John Williams’ 90th birthday) on Sunday afternoon, June 26 to conclude the Festival.
Interspersed amongst these large scaleprograms will be a wealth of chamber music from the 18th to the 21stcenturies, including under-represented composers as well as the classics, performed by wind trios, string quartets, wind and brass quintets and more. We will also present our popular free admission Jive with Jazz and Klassics for Kids events at venues around the region. All in just 16 days! A special pre-Festival event is the free American Guild of Organists Recital featuring Michael Hey on Monday, June 6 at Shryock Auditorium. Venues include Shryock Auditorium, Carterville High School, Marion High School, Murphysboro High School, ArtSpace304, First United Methodist Church of Carbondale, Lutes Gallery in the University Museum, Episcopal Church of Cairo, and the Anna Arts Center. All of our artists and staff will be fully vaccinated, and we politely encourage all of our patrons to be as well. Complete details on the artists and performances are at www.SIFest.com.