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44th Annual Concert Season: 2020-2021

For 43 seasons, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been proud and privileged to provide classical and popular music performances for our region.

The orchestra had planned a full 44th season, with four concerts in the fall part of the season (October – December 2020) and three concerts in the spring portion of the season (February – May 2021). However, the current coronavirus pandemic restrictions on public gatherings have caused the KSO Board of Directors to cancel the fall concerts. Discussion will continue in order to determine the orchestra’s future performances, considering the top priorities of health and safety for its musicians, staff, and patrons.

“We appreciate the ongoing support we have received from the community,” says Ann Tucker, KSO president. “When we are able to gather safely again, we will celebrate with amazing live music.”

Instead of providing live concerts for our appreciative audiences, the orchestra plans to provide access to recordings of KSO musical performances via the Internet through at least December. Please visit this website and stay in touch on our social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/kishorchestra) and Instagram, where we’ll provide updates and share ways to engage with art and culture from home.

The following concert videos will be available beginning on the dates and times indicated and will remain available at least until the end of 2020:

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

​The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present a video recording of its concert of February 22, 2020, which consisted of the following, performed in the Northern Illinois University Boutell Memorial Concert Hall:

Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert

Linc Smelser, Music Director

Mazeppa, S. 100                                                                                                                                                                             Franz Liszt

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61                                                                                               Ludwig van Beethoven

Isabella Brown, violin
Winner of the 2020 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition

Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39                                                                                                                                              Antonín Dvořák

The concert may be viewed here beginning Saturday, October 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Program notes for this concert are found here.

Information about the violin soloist is found here.


Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

​The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present a video recording of its concert of October 29, 2019, which consisted of the following, performed in the Northern Illinois University Boutell Memorial Concert Hall:

Halloween Concert

Linc Smelser, Music Director

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl                                                                                                                                    Klaus Badelt

Theme from “Ghostbusters”                                                                                                                                                       Ray Parker, Jr.

Transylvania Lullaby from “Young Frankenstein”                                                                                                                         John Morris

Ann Montzka, violin; Linc Smelser, piano

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice                                                                                                                                                               Paul Dukas

Theme from the Motion Picture “Halloween”                                                                                                                           John Carpenter

Incantations                                                                                                                                                                                Richard Meyer

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets                                                                                                                                    John Williams

Gilderoy Lockhart
Fawkes the Phoenix

In the Hall of the Mountain King                                                                                                                                                  Edvard Grieg

The concert may be viewed here beginning Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.


Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

​The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present a video recording of its concert of May 5, 2018, which consisted of the following, performed in the Northern Illinois University Boutell Memorial Concert Hall:

Bach Is Back

Linc Smelser, Music Director

Escapade (1984)                                                                                                                                                               Jan Bach (1937-2020)

Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major, RV 537, Op. 46, No. 1 (early 1700s)                                                    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Concerto for Two Trumpets (1985)                                                                                                    Carl Roskott (1953-2008) orch. Jan Bach

Mark Baldin and Michael Swope, trumpets

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1907)                                                                                                  Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
I.      Largo – Allegro moderato
II.    Allegro molto
III.  Adagio
IV.  Allegro vivace

The concert may be viewed here beginning Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m..

Program notes for this concert are found here.


Saturday, December 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

​The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present a video recording of its concert of December 7, 2018, which consisted of the following, performed in the Northern Illinois University Boutell Memorial Concert Hall:

Winter Wonderland

Linc Smelser, Music Director

Pre-concert music was provided by the Northern Illinois University Suzuki Strings Program

Ann Montzka Smelser, Director

A Christmas Festival                                                                                                                                                                  Leroy Anderson

Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”)                                                                                      Arcangelo Corelli
I.      Vivace
II.    Allegro
III.  Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
IV.   Vivace
V.    Allegro
VI.   Largo – Pastorale ad libitum

Music from the Motion Picture “The Polar Express”                                                           Alan Silvestri & Glen Ballard arr. Jerry Brubaker

Adoration of the Magi from “The Three Boticelli Pictures”                                                                                                   Ottorino Respighi

Sleigh Ride                                                                                                                                                                                 Leroy Anderson

Intermission 

Music during the concert intermission was provided by
the DeKalb High School Madrigal Singers    

A Mad Russian’s Christmas                                                               Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr. Bob Phillips

The Toy Symphony                                                                                                                                                             Franz Joseph Haydn
I.  Allegro

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer                                                                                                          Johnny Marks transc. Patrick Sheehan

Here Comes Santa Claus/Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town                  O. Haldeman, G. Autry, J. Coots & H. Gillespie trans. Patrick Sheehan

Marybeth Kurnat, Vocal Soloist 

Winter Wonderland                                                                                                                                           Felix Bernard arr. Calvin Custer

Stille Nacht                                                                                                                                 Franz Gruber arr. Chip Davis & Calvin Custer

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas                                                                          Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane transc. Patrick Sheehan

Marybeth Kurnat, Vocal Soloist 

Hallelujah Chorus from “Messiah”                                                                                           George Frideric Handel arr. Joseph T. Spaniola

Audience participation encouraged 

Post-concert music was provided by the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

The concert may be viewed here beginning Saturday, December 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m..

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

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