DeKALB – Getting children interested in music is a goal Amanda Nelson considers a priority.
"My passion is getting music to kids," said Nelson, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra general manager and former music teacher. "We should get kids to concerts and get music to them."
Nelson said the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra's next performance is a good opportunity for families to hear music. The annual free concert is 8 p.m. June 26 at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park in DeKalb. The show is part of the orchestra's 38th concert season.
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit community orchestra, comprised of student, amateur and professional local musicians.
The orchestra will present a program that includes classical, popular and movie music. Tunes include the "Star Wars" main title theme, the theme from "Mission Impossible," and patriotic songs.
"With this concert we try to reach many types of listeners," Nelson said. "By playing different types of music we can reach the community, kids through seniors."
Orchestra board president Ann Tucker said this year's concert is unique in that Sycamore Park District is a first-time sponsor. The DeKalb Park District will continue to be a sponsor this year.
"This is a wonderful pairing of communities," Tucker said. "We want to expand our audience beyond DeKalb."
Tucker said concertgoers are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show in the park.
"Hopefully it's a beautiful summer evening," Tucker said. "The weather and atmosphere make it special for an outdoor concert. We like playing a concert under the stars."
If you go
WHAT: Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert in the Park
WHEN: 8 p.m. June 26
WHERE: Dee Palmer Band Shell, Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb