Annual Holiday Pops Concert Friday


holidaypopsconcertThe Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, now celebrating its 40th season, plans to delight concert-goers once again with its annual Holiday Pops Concert on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 7 pm, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, inside the Music Building, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. The KSO will be joined by the Celebration Chorale, directed by Christine Monteiro, who is also a member of the orchestra. The orchestra will play music of the holiday season, including contemporary and familiar traditional music and a singalong of holiday favorites, including the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah by George Frideric Handel.

Conductor Linc Smelser invites the children from the audience on stage for an interactive performance of Haydn’s Toy Symphony, making this concert a perfect introduction to live orchestral music. Pre-concert music will be provided by the NIU Suzuki Strings Program, directed by Ann Montzka Smelser, intermission music will be provided by the DeKalb High School Madrigals, and post-concert music will be provided by the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. Refreshments will be served afterwards. This concert is supported in part by the George E. and Betty B. Dutton Foundation.

Changes in programs, dates, times, and location of concerts will be posted on the website. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each concert. All seats are general admission. Individual ticket prices are $16 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and over, and a special discounted price of $6 students (with a valid school i.d. card), and $6 for children under 12. To learn more about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, visit or the KSO’s Facebook page.

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