Concerts & Events

45th Annual Concert Season: 2021-2022

For 44 concert seasons, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been proud and privileged to provide classical and popular musical performances for our region. The 2021-2022 season will provide the following concerts, held in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Northern Illinois University Music Building.

We would be thrilled to have you join us for live performances. As we return, your health and safety are our number one priority. To help ensure that, you must follow the mask requirements of Northern Illinois University. Masks must be worn properly, over the nose and mouth, by all persons for the duration of their time in the Music Building.

More information about the university’s health protocols and guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic may be found here.

Parking: There is a parking lot off of College Avenue, south of the Music Building, that may be used. The parking lot across Lucinda Avenue, north of the Music Building, is normally reserved at all times for vehicles with university parking permits, but the University Police will not ticket vehicles in that lot on weekends or from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays. However, there are a few “reserved” signs that prohibit parking in specified parking spaces.

“Belated Happy Birthday, Beethoven!”
Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.*

Overture to “Egmont”, Op. 84

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


Anthony Padilla, Piano

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


This concert was dedicated to healthcare workers.

The printed program for this concert is available ​here.

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Holiday Pops Concert: “Winter Wonderland”
Friday, December 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

A Christmas Festival

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)


Russian Christmas Music

Alfred Reed (1921-2005)


Winter from The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)


Ann Montzka Smelser, violin

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1858)


The Bells of Christmas

arr. Bob Krogstad (1950-2015)

Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)


Festive Sounds of Hanukah

Bill Holcombe (1924-2010)


Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

Paul O’Neill (1956-2017) and Robert Kinkel, arr. Bob Phillips


Stille Nacht

Franz Gruber (1787-1863), arr. Chip Davis and Calvin Custer


Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

George Friderick Handel (1685-1759)


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“Arthur D. Montka Memorial Concert”
Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.* 

Carnival Overture, Op. 92, B. 169

Antonin Dvořák  (1841-1904)


Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)


Esme Arias-Kim, violin
Winner of the 2022 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition

Symphony No. 9 in Eb Major, Op. 70

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)


The printed program for this concert is available here.

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Spring Pops Concert
Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

88 Degrees in the Shade (2000)

Robert Chappell (1949-)
orch. Patrick Sheehan


Branches of Snow (1981)

Robert Chappell (1949-)
orch. Patrick Sheehan


Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 (1801) – I. Adagio sostenuto

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
arr. Abe Breiling, orch. Linc Smelser


Dream, dedicated to Dr. Clifford Alexis (2021)

Liam Teague (1974-)


Ivory Coast (2006)

Robert Chappell (1949-)
orch. Patrick Sheehan


The above musical selections feature
the Northern Illinois University Steelband.
Liam Teague and Yuko Asada, Co-directors.


Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354 (1873)

Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)


Prayer of St. Gregory (1946)

Alan Hovhannes (1911-2000)


Kevin Davis, trumpet

Aurora (2015)

Ian Cook (1990-)


Trombone Concerto in C (1966)

Nino Rota (1911-1979)


Kirk Lundbeck, trombone

Superman March (1978)

John Williams (1932-)


Information about trumpet soloist Kevin Davis is found here.
Information about trombone soloist Kirk Lundbeck is found here.
Information about composer Robert Chappell is found here.
Information about composer Ian Cook is found here.
Information about Steelband Co-director Liam Teague is found here.
Information about Steelband Co-Director Yuko Asada is found here.
Information about the Northern Illinois University Steelband is found here.
The printed program for this concert is here.

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“Happy 45th Anniversary, KSO”
Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.*

Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


Genevieve Smelser, Violin

Symphony No. 1 in D major “Titan”

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)


The program notes for this concert are here.

*On these three dates, join KSO Music Director Linc Smelser for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in Room 173 near the concert hall.

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

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