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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 Young Artists Concerto Competition

Saturday, January 6th, 2018
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

This is a live annual competition for instrumentalists up to the age of 18 years. It open to the public at no admission charge. Each performer, with a piano accompanist, will play one or more movements of a solo concerto, or an appropriate one-movement composition, that is written for orchestral accompaniment, the performance time not to exceed 15 minutes. Audience members may arrive and leave during any of the brief breaks between the 15-minute performances. The competition winner, as determined by a panel of judges, will receive a cash award and perform as soloist with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in its concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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 Competition Winner, to be determined
  • 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.

Spring Concert: 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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