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41st Annual Concert Season: 2017-2018

All public concerts are held in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.  See map of location

Program notes for the Fall Concert, the Montzka Memorial Concert, and the Spring Concert will be available here.

Most of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra concerts will be available as radio broadcasts on WNIU after the concert dates.  See this season’s schedule here.

Past events of the 2017-2018 season are shown here.

Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert

Saturday, February 24th, 2018
at 7:30 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

There will be a free pre-concert lecture in the Recital Hall at 6:30 p.m.

  • Overture to Ruy Blas, Op. 95, by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85, by Edward Elgar
  • Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1, by Jean Sibelius
  • Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24, by Richard Strauss

This concert is supported in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust and WNIU/WNIJ Station Sponsorship.

Spring Pops

Saturday, March 10th, 2018
at 7:30 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

The KSO will present this special pops concert to help usher in the spring:

  • “Spring” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Voices of Spring Waltzes, by Johann Strauss
  • Hungarian Dance No 1,by Johannes Brahms
  • Music from Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Highlights from Wicked, by Stephen Schwartz
  • Music from Superman, by John Williams
  • “Aunt Marge’s Waltz” from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by John Williams 
  • Plink Plank Plunk, by Leroy Anderson
  • The Syncopated Clock, by Leroy Anderson
  • The Typewriter, by Leroy Anderson
  • Fiddle Faddle, by Leroy Anderson
  • Suite No. 2 from L’Arlésienne, by George Bizet

Bach is Back

Saturday, May 5th, 2018
at 7:30 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

There will be a free pre-concert lecture in the Recital Hall at 6:30 p.m.

  • Escapade, by Jan Bach
  • Concerto for Two Trumpets, by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Two Trumpets, by Carl Roskott, orchestrated by Jan Bach
    Mark Baldin and Michael Swope, trumpet soloists
  • Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, by Sergei Rachmaninoff

This concert is supported in part by the Ideal Industries Foundation with a generous gift from Jean Juday.

Note: Changes in programs, dates, times, and location of concerts will be posted at this website.

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