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May 1, 2013 

'Musical Landscapes'

The Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra will present an evening of "Musical Landscapes" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Milburn High School Auditorium in O'Fallon.

It features Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Tales from the Vienna Woods," a seroes pf waltzes composed in 1868. The title refers to the forested area north of Vienna, a favorite vacation locale for the Viennese gentry. It evokes memories of many pleasant days Strauss spent in the Vienna Woods.

Other selections include "The Golden Circle," by the orchestra's conductor Robert Charles Howard. It's inspired by a poem that describes the path of the sun as it rises to its zenith. "Die Moldau" by Bedrich Smetana is a depiction of the River Vltava as it expands from two mountain streams into a grand river that flows across Czechoslovakia. Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major, with its noble and expansive melodies and powerful brass, is by far his most popular symphonic work.

Tickets are $15 adult; $12 senior (55 plus), military with ID; $7 student at the door and online at 618-235-5600 or

The school is at 650 Milburn School Road in O'Fallon.

Mozart's Requiem

The Masterworks Chorale and Children's Choruses will perform Mozart's Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Clare Catholic Church in O'Fallon.

Shrouded in mystery and unfinished at the time of Mozart's death, his Requiem is on of the composer's greatest masterpieces.

Soloists include Elisabeth Bieber, mezzo-soprano; Stella Markou, soprano; Terrince Tackett, tenor; and James Kalkbrenner, bass.

Tickets are $20 for adults/$15 in advance; students $10/$5 in advance. Information at 618-236-0182 and

'Li'l Abner'

As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to finally catche her man, Li'l Abner, in the traditional town race. But a senator comes to town with devastating news that could disrupt the traditional marryin' festivities.

Unless the town can find "something necessary" about Dogpatch U.S.A., their town is going to be used for atomic bomb testing.

That's the hilarious dilemma the Curtai's Up Theater Company will be up against when it present the musical "Li'l Abner" Friday through Sunday at Dunham Hall Theater at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Tickets are $15; seniors, $12; 18 and younger, $10 at or call 618-670-8030. Or purchase at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville; Ashman's Pharmacy and Gifts, 209 E. Main St., Collinsville; or Once Upon a Toy, 2460 Troy Road, Edwardsville.

Brewer and Shipley

You'll be "One Toke Over the Line" if you catch Brewer & Shipley at 8 p.m. Friday at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville.

Michael brewer and Tom Shipley are best known for their Top 10 signature song, but with three singles on the Billboard charts, they are recognized as one of the most successful rock duos of the 1970s.

Ticket prices are $15 to $25 at the Wildey box office or

Sculpture in the City

Art on the Square will sponsor the Sculpture in the City Tour 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Friday to see more than 20 sculptures around Belleville. A new sculpture group will be unveiled during the tour.

Brunch will be served at Lindenwood University-Belleville's Welcome Center prior to the tour. Buses will leave Lindenwood at 1 p.m., returning at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person for brunch and tour; available through the St. Clair County Historical Society. Information: DeDe Farquhar, 618-234-0600.

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