Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off 43rd Concert Season October 12
DeKALB, IL – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its 43rd concert season. All public concerts are performed in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.
The KSO will present its first concert, “Love is in the Air,” on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The evening’s program will feature “Vorspiel und Liebestod” from the opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in D Major, Kr. 172 by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Alexander Hanna, soloist, and Symphony No. 2 in D flat Major, Op. 30 (“Romantic”) by Howard Hanson. Guest Soloist Alexander Hanna is the principal bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) appointed by Riccardo Muti in the spring of 2012. This concert is supported in part by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates. Audience members are invited to a free pre-concert talk by the music director at 6:30 p.m.
The season continues with following events:
• The KSO presents its free Halloween Concert on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, with free trick-or-treating offered in the NIU Music Building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. The program includes music with a theme appropriate for all audience members. Orchestra members are in costume and audience members are encouraged to wear their costumes to this festive concert event in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
• In November, the KSO presents its annual Children’s Concert at the historic Egyptian Theatre, 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 by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.
• To help celebrate the holiday season, the KSO will perform its popular Winter Wonderland concert at NIU on Friday, December 13, 2019, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Many holiday favorites are part of this traditional family concert.
• On Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the KSO hosts its Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. This is a live annual competition for instrumentalists up to the age of 18 years. The competition is open to the public to watch at no admission charge. 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 perform as the soloist with the KSO in its Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The program features Mazeppa, S. 100, by Franz Liszt, Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39, by Antonín Dvorák, and the winner’s concerto. Audience members are invited to a free pre-concert talk by the music director at 6:30 p.m.
• The KSO performs its Spring Pops Concert, on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
• The final concert of the KSO’s 43rd season, “Springtime in Vienna,” will be presented on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The program will feature The Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314, by Johann Strauss II, and Symphony No. 5, by Gustav Mahler. Audience members are invited to a free pre-concert talk by the music director at 6:30 p.m.
Changes in programs, dates, times and location of concerts will be posted on the orchestra’s website, kishorchestra.org. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to the concert. All seats are general admission. Individual ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and over, and a special discounted price of $7 for students (with a valid school i.d. card), and $7 for children under 12. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://kishorchestra.org/ticket-info/.
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization supported in part by grants from the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, the George and Betty Dutton Foundation, the Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust, Ideal Industries with a generous gift from Jean Juday, WNIU/WNIJ station sponsorship, the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates, Marilyn Montzka and family, the Phillip S. Smelser family, and other private donations. The KSO is a member of the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
To learn more about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra visit www.kishorchestra.org or the KSO’s Facebook page.