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The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting.  The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians.  It began informally in 1976 and engages in weekly rehearsals and an annual series of concerts. 

At times, its programs are enhanced by including guest conductors and soloists from the region and beyond. The orchestra's plans and policies are established by the Music Director and a Board of Directors composed of citizens from the community.

The Illinois Council of Orchestras named the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra the 2009 Community Orchestra of the Year, has named the KSO Music Director, Linc Smelser, the 2009 Conductor of the Year (Small Orchestra), has named the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates the 2012 Orchestra Guild of the Year, and named KSO General Manager Amanda Nelson as its only recipient of a 2013 Honorable Mention as a designation of person who has made outstanding contributions to an orchestra within Illinois.

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is supported, in part the DeKalb County Community Foundation; by corporate sponsorship; by WNIU/WNIJ station sponsorship; and by private donations.


Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
NIU Music Building

There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

This concert will feature this year's winner of the Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition.

  1. Overture to "Romeo and Juliet", by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  2. Competition Winner's Concerto: to be announced
  3. Symphony No. 2, Op. 132 ("Mysterious Mountain"), by Alan Hovhaness

Tickets at the door: Adult $15, Senior (62 and over) $10, Child (under 12) $5, Student $10.

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

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