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Kishwaukee Symphony Associates celebrating 30 years

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Kishwaukee Symphony Associates, the support organization for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, hosted its annual members’ event, Meet the Conductor/KSO Season Preview on Sept. 22 at the Ellwood-Nehring House in DeKalb. The KSA, named 2012 Orchestra Guild of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Special attendees included Shirley Hamilton-Nehring and DeKalb Mayor John Rey and his wife, Marge.    

Highlighting this year’s event was Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, the “Archduke,” performed by KSO Conductor and Music Director Linc Smelser on cello; and his Wheaton College colleagues, Karin Edwards on piano; and Lee Joiner on violin. Smelser also presented an overview of the current KSO concert season, which was followed by a reception with appetizers and desserts.

Membership in the KSA is open to all those interested in supporting the award-winning community orchestra. Membership includes an invitation to the annual event in September, name(s) listed in the KSO concert programs, and the KSA Winter Newsletter. For more KSA information, call Gretchen Moore, KSA president, at 815-758-6397 or visit

The KSA is looking forward to the orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert: Winter Wonderland at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

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.

For more information about the KSO concert season and ticket prices, visit

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