The 13th-annual Southern Illinois Music Festival will feature more than three-dozen events throughout the area, including one next week at the Du Quoin Public Library.
The festival begins May 26, and continues through Sunday, June 11. The traveling festival program "Klassics for Kids" will come to the library at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31 and feature an interactive concert designed to expose children to the joys of live classical music. Admission is free.
This year's complete festival includes Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni," updated with a gangster theme sung in Italian and backed by a full orchestra, June 9 and 11 at Shryock Auditorium on the SIU Carbondale campus.
Three large orchestral concerts June 2, 3 and 4 at the Carterville High School Performing Arts Center will feature the works of Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. A Memorial Day show May 29 at Marion High School is modeled on a Washington, D.C. performance. The Southern Illinois Music Festival also will present a virtuoso organ recital by Adam Brakel June 5 at Shryock.
Chamber-music performances, concerts by the New Arts Jazztet, and Klassics for Kids and Jive with Jazz events geared toward younger listeners will all take place throughout Southern Illinois.