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Gems of the 20th Century

Oct 14, 2023 | 7:30 PM

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

The KSO's 47th season begins with a tribute to 20th century music, including works by Kodály, Kilar, and Shostakovich. This concert is sponsored in part by Ann and James Tucker.
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FREE Halloween Concerts

Oct 30, 2023 | 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

Join the KSO in Boo-tell Hall for a performance of Halloween favorites and enjoy seeing your favorite orchestra musicians in costume. No tickets are required for these free, family-friendly concerts.
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Holiday Pops: Winter Wonderland

Dec 8, 2023 | 7:00 PM

Dec 10, 2023 | 2:00 PM

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

A beloved annual tradition! Ring in the holiday season with traditional favorites. Local music ensembles will be featured in the lobby before the concerts, during intermission, and following the concerts. These concerts are sponsored in part by the George E. and Betty B. Dutton Foundation.
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Arthur D. Montzka
Young Artists Concerto Competition

Jan 6, 2024 | 10:00 AM

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

Beginning at 10:00 AM, join us in Boutell Hall to hear the best young musicians in Illinois compete for the opportunity to perform with the KSO on March 2, 2024. This competition is open to the public and free to attend; come when you wish and stay for as long as you'd like. The winner will be announced from the stage at the end of the competition day.
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Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert

March 2, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

This concert will feature the winner of the 2024 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition, Neal Kotamarty Eisfeldt, performing the Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The concert also includes the Tragic Overture Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G Major. This concert is sponsored in part by Annette and Jerry Johns. Students will be admitted at no charge. Join Linc Smelser and our competition winner in a room near the concert hall for a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm.
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Spring Pops: A Tribute to John Williams

March 23, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

Join us in a celebration of music by the great film composer, John Williams! This concert will feature a variety of favorites from his large body of work.
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A Taste of Italy

May 4, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

Celebrate the conclusion of Linc Smelser's 20th anniversary season with a concert featuring works by Puccini, Verdi, and Respighi. The concert will also feature two Vivaldi concerti with soloists Blaise , Ann Montzka Smelser, Mathias Tacke, and Marie Wang. This concert is sponsored by JoAnn Smelser.
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