Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra announces 24th season

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra announces 24th season


The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra announces their 24th concert season. The KSO, directed by Arthur Montzka, offers an exciting line-up for the 2001-2002 season including two guest conductors and splendid soloists. Recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois American String Teachers Association, Montzka brings his conducting talents to the orchestra for his 22nd season. The KSO is a community orchestra which serves all of DeKalb County and the surrounding area. It consists of professional, student and dedicated amateur musicians.

The 2001-2002 season begins October 7, when the Orchestra welcomes John D. Smith as guest conductor. Smith is no stranger to the KSO, having played trombone since their first concerts more than 20 years ago. Today he is the KSO’s principal trombonist, a member of the Shananigans, and recently completed 38 years teaching band instruments to children and young adults. He designed this concert, entitled “Pops Meet the Classics.” It highlights the classic music from south of the border, including a mariachi band, and big-band sound.

The Fall Concert on Nov. 18 features youth soloists Anna Burden on cello and Lisa Steltenpohl on viola. Both young ladies are winners of the 2001 Young Artists Concerto Competition held this past April. The DeKalb Festival Chorus, directed by Judy O’Connor, will also perform Haydn’s Mass in G.

On March 3, the Winter Concert welcomes the return of Linc Smelser as guest conductor. Smelser is principal cellist of the KSO, a member of the Grant Park Symphony, Rockford Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and an active substitute for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. William Koehler, professor of music at NIU, will be featured on the piano.

The April 28 Young Artists Competition Concert, partially sponsored by the Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust, features the 15th annual Concerto Competition winners as distinguished soloists. Musicians through age 18 who live within a 75-mile radius of DeKalb are eligible.

The Pops, Fall and Young Artists concerts will be held Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. at DeKalb’s historic Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. The Winter Concert on March 3 will be held at NIU’s Boutell Concert Hall.

Season tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices include all four concerts for the entire season. Season ticket subscription rates are: Family $50 Adult $25, Senior $15, Students and Children Under 12, $15. Send your order to Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 310, DeKalb, IL 60115. Check, Visa or MasterCard are accepted. You may also print an order form at the web site, For ticket information or order forms, call (815) 748-7071.

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