Kish symphony begins concert season

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will open its 2013-14 season with its fall concert Oct. 5.
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will open its 2013-14 season with its fall concert Oct. 5.

DeKALB – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra begins its 37th season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The orchestra’s fall concert, "The Chamber Effect," will be performed in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Room 173.

The program features Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Symphonia Concertante by Mozart, with Mathias Tacke on violin and Ann Montzka-Smelser on viola, Serenade for Strings, Op. 20, by Edward Elgar, and Appalachian Spring, by Aaron Copland. This concert is supported in part by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates.

All of this season's concerts, except the Children's Concert, will be held in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

The orchestra will present its annual free concert of music with a Halloween theme, appropriate for children and adults, at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and may trick-or-treat at 5 p.m. inside the Music Building until the first concert begins. This concert is supported in part by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.

Each year, the orchestra presents a private concert for local elementary school children and their teachers. This Children's Concert will be on Nov. 15 at The Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb. Teachers interested in attending with their third-, fourth- or fifth-grade classes can contact the orchestra at 815-756-3728 or

The orchestra performs music of the holiday season at its Holiday Pops Concert: Winter Wonderland, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Many holiday favorites, including Haydn's Toy Symphony and a seasonal sing-along, are part of this traditional family concert. This concert is supported in part by the George E. and Betty B. Dutton Foundation.

The season continues in 2014 with the Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition Winner Concert in February and the spring concerts, Shostakovich and Steel, in May. The spring concert will feature the NIU Steel Band. Both of those concerts will include pre-program lectures.

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