Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Perform 45th Season Finale Concert May 7

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Linc Smelser, will perform its 45th season finale concert, “Happy 45th Anniversary, KSO!” at 7:30 pm, on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Northern Illinois University Music Building. Audience members are invited to attend a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm in Room 173 near the concert hall. The recipients of the new Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra High School Senior Musician Scholarship will be announced.

The KSO is excited to participate in Give DeKalb County on Thursday, May 5, and appreciates the community’s support. Donors may choose to contribute to the KSO General Operating Fund or the KSO Endowment Fund. The all-day online giving event benefits local nonprofit organizations and is bolstered by a bonus pool of over $125,000. Mail-in donations must be postmarked by May 5. For more information and to find the KSO’s giving profiles, visit

On the May 7 concert program: 

  • Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
  • Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring Genevieve Smelser, violin
  • Symphony No. 1 in D major “Titan” by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Violin soloist Genevieve Smelser, a DeKalb native, began Suzuki violin at age three in Chicagoland. She studied chamber music at Midwest Young Artists, where her quartet competed and received a bronze medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Quartet Competition. Throughout her time at MYA, Smelser studied closely with Mathias Tacke and coached with Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet. Smelser also served as concertmaster of MYA’s Symphony Orchestra. Genevieve attended the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Stephen Rose, where she received her bachelor’s degree. During her time at CIM, Smelser won the 2015 Concerto Competition and performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the CIM Orchestra, and received the 2017 Anna Y. Tringas Award of Violin Excellence. After completing her undergraduate degree, Smelser attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as a student of Paul Kantor, and received her Master of Music Degree in 2019. During her time at Rice, Smelser won the 2019 Concerto Competition and performed Shostakovich’s first violin concerto with the Shepherd Symphony. Upon the completion of her master’s degree, Smelser has performed with several ensembles throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Verbier, Switzerland), The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Charleston’s Spoleto Festival and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization supported in part by grants from the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust, Sycamore Charities, WNIU/WNIJ Station Sponsorship,featuring KSO concerts on select Monday nights on WNIU’s Encore program, the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates, and other private donations. The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a member of the Illinois Council of Orchestras. 

Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each concert in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall lobby, NIU Music Building. All seats are general admission (no reserved seating); it is recommended to arrive early. Individual ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and older, and $7 for students (with a valid school ID) and $7 for children younger than 12.

Visit for information about purchasing tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Egyptian Theatre box office at 815.758.1225 or in person at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb, between 3 and 6 pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, with cash, check or credit card.

To learn more about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, visit the website,, or call 815.756.3728. Changes in programs, dates, times and locations of concerts will be posted on the KSO website.

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