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Past Events of the 2016-2017 Concert Season

Fall Concert: Happy 40th Season, KSO!

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
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.

  • Santa Fe, by Emily Bear
  • Les Voyages, by Emily Bear
  • The Bravest Journey, by Emily Bear
  • Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin
    Emily Bear, piano
  • The Planets, Op. 32, by Gustav Holst

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

Halloween Concert

Friday, October 28th, 2016
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.

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

Children’s Concert

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
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 9th, 2016
at 7:00 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Joined by the Celebration Chorale, 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 7th, 2017
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

This is a live annual competition, open to the public at no admission charge. It is for instrumentalists up to the age of 18 years who are residents of Illinois. 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. The performance schedule for the competitors is found here.  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 with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in its concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 25.

Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert

Saturday, February 25th, 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.

  • Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront,” by Leonard Bernstein
  • Concerto for Violin in D Major, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
              Maya Anjali Buchanan, soloist*
  • Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 (“Italian”), by Felix Mendelssohn

This concert is supported in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust.

*The violin soloist is the winner of this year’s concerto competition.  Information about her is found here.

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