KSO to open 42nd season with ‘Romantic Legends’

Stephanie Jeong will be the guest soloist at the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert on Oct. 13.
Stephanie Jeong will be the guest soloist at the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert on Oct. 13.

DeKALB – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present the first concert of its 42nd season, “Romantic Legends,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall inside the Music Building, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

There will be a free pre-concert talk led by Music Director and Conductor Linc Smelser at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

On the evening’s program will be “Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin,” by Richard Wagner, dedicated to the memory of Thomas Sims and Susan Huhta; “Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61,” by Camille Saint-Saëns, featuring soloist Stephanie Jeong; and “Symphony No.6 in D Major, Op. 60,” by Antonin Dvoák.

Jeong is the associate concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the CSO, she was a member of the New York Philharmonic. For more information about Jeong, visit

This concert is supported in part by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates. WNIU/WNIJ is the radio station sponsor for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, featuring KSO concerts on select Monday nights on its Encore program.

Changes in programs, dates, times and location of concerts will be posted on Tickets go on sale at the concert hall 30 minutes prior to each concert. All seats are general admission (no reserved seating).

Tickets also may be purchased, with cash, check or credit card, by visiting the box office at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb, between 3 and 6 p.m. on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Tickets also can be purchased with a credit card via telephone at 815-758-1225.

Visit for information about purchasing tickets online.

Individual ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and older, $7 for students with school ID, and $7 for children younger than 12. Season tickets can be purchased at special prices for the five regular concerts of the season, using the order form found on the website or in person at the first concert.

Highlights of the 42nd annual concert season include (all concerts are held in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall):

• Two free Halloween concerts at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, with a theme appropriate for children and adults. There will be trick-or-treating in the NIU Music Building a half hour before the 5:30 p.m. concert. This concert is supported in part by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.

• Winter Wonderland at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. This concert is supported in part by the George E. and Betty B. Dutton Foundation.

• Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, featuring the winner of the KSO’s annual Young Artists Concerto Competition. (The public is invited, at no admission charge, to the live annual competition on Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where the winner will be determined.) This concert is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, The Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust and WNIU/WNIJ Station Sponsorship.

• Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 9.

• Aaron Copland: An American Music Icon at 7:30 p.m. May 4, featuring soloist Stephen Beus, piano. This concert is sponsored in part by Ideal Industries with a generous gift from Jean Juday.

For more information about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra or season tickets, call 815-756-3728 or visit and on Facebook.

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