Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra sets spring concert

Miko Kominami will perform with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Miko Kominami will perform with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

DeKALB – Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert on Saturday, May 4. The concert will feature Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt. Music director Linc Smelser will present a free pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. in room 173 in the Music Building.

Pianist Miko Kominami is the guest soloist for the evening. Kominami graduated from The Juilliard School and enjoys a varied career on the faculty at Luther College and as principal keyboardist of Orchestra Iowa. She has performed extensively throughout North America, both as a soloist and as a collaborator with other artists.

As a concerto soloist, she has performed with Orchestra Iowa, the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra and the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. Kominami gave her New York solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1996 as a result of winning the Artists International Award.

She was acclaimed by New York Concert Review as “both a virtuosic and a musicianly performer.”

Other awards include a Canada Council Arts Grant and first prize at the 1996 Concerto Soloists’ Competition in Philadelphia. She has performed live on WFMT in Chicago and on Maine and Iowa public radio stations.

In addition to her solo engagements, Kominami is a founding member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello/piano ensemble. In 2005, the duo toured Scandinavia. It regularly performs on chamber-music series throughout the nation and has released a recording on the Centaur Records label, featuring the works of Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff­. Kominami can also be heard on recordings released by Delos, Innova and Fleur de Son Classics.

Spring Concert: Romancing the 'Rach'

7:30 p.m. May 4

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

Adults $15, students and seniors $10, children younger than 12 $5

Tickets available at the door.

A free pre-concert lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 173 of the Music Building.

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