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Summer is a great time for festivals in Southern Illinois. Now in its 6th year, the Southern Illinois Music Festival continues to grow and attract audiences of all ages from across the region and beyond. Accomplished musicians from around the world come to Southern Illinois to perform at venues stretching from Carbondale to Cairo to Cape Girardeau.
One of the big-name artists to grace the Southern Illinois Music Festival stage is Christine Brewer, who performed in 2008. A native of Grand Tower, Illinois, Brewer has become a world-class soprano, garnering accolades and a Grammy award for her singing performances. Artistic director for the festival, Edward Benyas, talks with Brewer about her career.