DeKALB – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 43rd concert season with “Love is in the Air,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
All public concerts are performed in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.
“Love is in the Air” will feature “Vorspiel und Liebestod” from the opera "Tristan und Isolde" by Richard Wagner; "Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in D Major, Kr. 172" by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, with soloist Alexander Hanna; and "Symphony No. 2 in D flat Major, Op. 3" (“Romantic”) by Howard Hanson.
Hanna is the principal bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appointed by Riccardo Muti in the spring of 2012.
This concert is supported in part by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates. Audience members are invited to a free pre-concert talk by the music director at 6:30 p.m.
The season continues with the following events:
• The KSO will present its free Halloween concert at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Free trick-or-treating will be offered in the NIU Music Building a half hour before the 5:30 p.m. concert. The program includes music with a theme appropriate for all audience members. Orchestra members will be in costume and audience members are encouraged to wear their costumes to this festive event.
• In November, the KSO will perform its annual children’s concert at the Egyptian Theatre. It is not open to the general public. The concert is specifically for students and their teachers invited from elementary schools and middle schools in the region. This concert is supported by the Farny R.Wurlitzer Foundation.
• To help celebrate the holiday season, the KSO will perform its popular Winter Wonderland concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Many holiday favorites are part of this traditional family concert.
• On Jan. 4, the KSO will host its Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a live annual competition for instrumentalists up to the age of 18. The competition is open to the public to watch with no admission charge. Audience members may arrive and leave during any of the brief breaks between the 15-minute performances.
• The competition winner, as determined by a panel of judges, will perform as the soloist with the KSO in its Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. The program will feature "Mazeppa, S. 100," by Franz Liszt, "Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39," by Antonín Dvorák, and the winner’s concerto. Audience members are invited to a free pre-concert talk by the music director at 6:30 p.m.
• The KSO will perform its Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 7.
• The final concert of the season,“Springtime in Vienna,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 2. The program will feature "The Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314," by Johann Strauss II, and "Symphony No.5," by Gustav Mahler. Audience members are invited to a free pre-concert talk by the music director at 6:30 p.m.
Changes in programs, dates, times and location of concerts will be posted on the orchestra’s website, kishorchestra.org.
Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before the concert. All seats are general admission. Individual ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and older, and a special discounted price of $7 for students (with a valid school ID), and $7 for children younger than 12. Tickets also can be bought online at http://kishorchestra.org/ticket-info.
To learn about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, visit www.kishorchestra.org or the KSO’s Facebook page.