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Art exhibit focuses on all things botanical

The Hartley Art Gallery and Event Center is hosting an art exhibit centered around all things botanical, meaning the works embody the ideas of nature, gardens and life.

The exhibit opened on March 1, and runs through May 1.

The gallery will hold a public reception for the artists from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24. There will be food, music, and a chance to meet the artists.

About 30 artists have work displayed in the exhibition.

The Hartley Art Gallery is at 100 S. Park St. in Herrin. For more information, call 618-967-8142.

— The Southern

Mount Vernon

Baroque trio to play Cedarhurst

A “period-instrument” trio will perform this weekend as part of this season’s Cedarhurst Music Series.

The Trio Settecento ensemble will play at the arts center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Mitchell Museum Performance Hall. Tickets are $25 or $20 for Cedarhurst members. For students, they’re $5. Advance tickets may be purchased at or by calling 618-242-1236.

The Trio Settecento is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Rachel Barton Pine is the violinist; she has been performing on 17th and 18th century instruments for nearly three decades, and she debuted an album at No. 1 on the Billboard classical chart in 2013.

David Schrader plays harpsichord and other keyboards and John Mark Rozendaal plays baroque cello and viola de gamba.

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is at 2600 Richview Road in Mount Vernon. The art galleries and outdoor sculpture park are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

— The Southern


‘Requiem’ on Good Friday

A Southern Illinois composer has written an original “Requiem,” which will be performed on Good Friday.

The performance is free, and will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, at First Christian Church, at 306 W. Monroe St. in Carbondale.

Derek M. Hamblin wrote the piece. Hamblin is the choir director at First Christian Church. The performance will feature singers from Southern Illinois and a 13-piece chamber orchestra.

There will be a reception following the performance. While admission is free, donations will be accepted.

Hamblin has directed the choir at First Christian since 2006. He is also the owner and artistic director for Dance4Grandma Theatricals. He was the director and music director for the production of “A Chorus Line” at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, and will be serving in the same role for the upcoming production of “Cabaret.” He will also conduct the orchestra for the Kre8ive Academy’s production of “James and the Giant Peach.”

— The Southern

West Frankfort

Christian singer Adam Crab to perform

A Christian singer will perform in West Frankfort as part of celebrations for Palm Sunday, the Christian day of observance one week before Easter Sunday.

Adam Crabb will perform a solo concert at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church in West Frankfort.

Crabb is the lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band; he also started his career singing with his siblings as the Crabb Family, which won 11 Dove Awards and was nominated for three Grammys.

The concert will replace the church’s typical Sunday morning worship service, and all are welcome.

Trinity UMC is at 304 N. Sunny Slope St. For more information, call 618-932-2866.

— The Southern


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