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Austrian Gems

Saturday, October 7th, 2017
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 Don Giovanni, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Concerto No. 2 in D Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb:2, by Joseph Haydn
    Cheng-Hou Lee* of the Avalon String Quartet, soloist
  • Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (“The Great”), by Franz Schubert

*Information about the cello soloist is found here.

This concert is supported in part by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates.

Halloween Concert

Monday, October 30th, 2017
at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

The KSO will present its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults.  The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, and there will be trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert.

The concert will include the following, and much more:

  • Night on Bald Mountain, by Modest Mussorgsky
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by John Williams
  • Funeral March of a Marionette, by Charles Gounod
  • Theme from “Halloween”, by John Carpenter

This concert is supported in part by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.

Children’s Concert

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
at 10:00 AM
Location: Egyptian Theater, DeKalb

Each year, the KSO presents a concert, not open to the general public, that is specifically for students and their teachers invited from elementary schools and middle schools in our region.

This concert is supported in part by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.

Holiday Pops Concert: Winter Wonderland

Friday, December 8th, 2017
at 7:00 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

The KSO will warm your heart with music of the holiday season. Many holiday favorites are part of this traditional family concert.

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

Encore Performance! Holiday Pops Concert: Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 9th, 2017
at 2:00 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

The KSO will warm your heart with music of the holiday season. Many holiday favorites are part of this traditional family concert.

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

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 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.

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