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The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting.  The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians.  It began informally in 1976 and engages in weekly rehearsals and an annual series of concerts. 

At times, its programs are enhanced by including guest conductors and soloists from the region and beyond. The orchestra's plans and policies are established by the Music Director and a Board of Directors composed of citizens from the community.

The Illinois Council of Orchestras named the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra the 2009 Community Orchestra of the Year, has named the KSO Music Director, Linc Smelser, the 2009 Conductor of the Year (Small Orchestra), has named the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates the 2012 Orchestra Guild of the Year, and named KSO General Manager Amanda Nelson as its only recipient of a 2013 Honorable Mention as a designation of person who has made outstanding contributions to an orchestra within Illinois.

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is supported, in part the DeKalb County Community Foundation; by corporate sponsorship; by WNIU/WNIJ station sponsorship; and by private donations.


Holiday Pops Concert: Winter Wonderland

Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
NIU Music Building

Let the KSO warm your hearts with the music of the holiday
season. Many holiday favorites, including Haydn's Toy
and a seasonal sing-along, are part of this
traditional family concert. (Who knows, maybe the "Big Guy
in Red" will make an appearance.)

Tickets at the door: Adult $15, Senior (62 and over) $10,
Child (under 12) $5, Student $10.

This concert is supported in part by the George E. and
Betty B. Dutton Foundation.

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