Song writer and popular entertainer Joni Mitchell begins this week's schedule of events at the Mississippi River Festival at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Miss Mitchell appears at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The black rock group War is on stage under the festival tent at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Friday is country - Western night at the MRF. Tom T. Hall, Melba Montgomery and the Hagers will combine their talents in an evening of Nashville sounds. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m.
The violinist Ruggiero Ricci will be guest soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in two works by Antonin Dvorak.
Famed conductor Andre Kostelanetz returns to the festival podium at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to conduct the orchestra in lighter works.
Joni Mitchell will make her second MRF appearance. Appearing with her will be Tom Scott and the L.A. Express, a group of studio musicians with classical training which includes Scott on reeds and woodwinds; John Guerin on drums; Max Bennett on bass; Roger Kellaway on electric piano; and Robin Ford on guitar.
Miss Mitchell was born 30 years ago in McLeod, Alberta, Canada and originally intended to become a commercial artist. She took along a ukulele to earn money while enrolled in the Alberta College of Art and discovered that she enjoyed singing more than painting. She appeared in clubs in Detroit, and then went to New York where Reprise Records discovered and signed her. Her new album is "Court and Spark" recorded with Tom Scott and the L.A. Express.