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Kettle Moraine Symphony

Premier Symphony Orchestra of the Northern Kettle Moraine, Since 1968

Kettle Moraine Symphony, West Bend's Hometown Symphony Orchestra

Classical music concerts with over 60 fine musicians from Washington County and the greater metro-Milwaukee area.

Our Mission: To provide outstanding orchestral performances that engage the community
and inspire and educate audiences of all ages.

Richard Hynson, Kettle Moraine Symphony music director, directs at Facutad de Derecho

Dr. Richard Hynson

The 2017-18 Season: A New Beginning

KMS welcomes new music director, Dr. Richard Hynson

Kettle Moraine Symphony is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Hynson as its new music director. Dr. Hynson is well-known in the Milwaukee area as the director of the Bel Canto Chorus and Orchestra. He has contributed to the greater Milwaukee community as conductor, published composer and teacher for the past 30 years.

His past conducting roles include serving as music director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra from 2006 to 2014, music director for Gathering on the Green from 2008 to 2013 and as music director and conductor of the Waukegan (IL) Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998.

Hynson's local guest conducting engagements have included performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, Skylight Opera Theatre, and the Racine, Sheboygan and Waukesha Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted numerous other ensembles nationally and internationally.

For Kettle Moraine Symphony, Hynson has created programs audiences will not want to miss, and the orchestra is eager to begin the 2017-18 season with him at the helm.

Season tickets will be available in August.


2017-18 Symphony Calendar at a Glance

Concert October 1, 2017: Overture to a New Beginning

Overture to a New Beginning

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

The season opens with well-loved symphonic works that explore the depths of the orchestra and challenge the ensemble to rise to the occasion. The program begins with the dramatic Prelude to Wagner's opera, "Die Meistersinger," and the uplifting Suite No.1 from Bizet's opera, "Carmen", and concludes with Brahms' epic Symphony No.1.

Pre-Concert Talk at 2:00 p.m. by Dr. Peter Gibeau, University of Wisconsin-Washington County music professor and KMS principal bass.

Location:
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend

Concert November 19, 2017: Salute to Veterans

Dawn's Early Light: A Salute to Veterans

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

The community honors its veterans when KMS collaborates with local organizations to remind us of the highs, lows, sacrifices and comradeship of Americans who have served, or are currently serving, in the military. Howard Hanson's lovely Symphony No.2, "Romantic" is filled with emotion and, in the composer's words, “...a work that [is] young in spirit, lyrical and romantic in temperament, and simple and direct in expression.” With the Star Spangled Banner, Hymn to the Fallen with chorus, marches by John Philip Sousa and more, your patriotic spirit will be renewed.

Pre-Concert Talk at 2 p.m. by Dr. Peter Gibeau

Location:
Silver Lining Arts Center at West Bend High Schools, 1305 E Decorah Rd, West Bend

 

Concert March 4, 2018: A New American Frontier

A New American Frontier

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

American composers are celebrated in this afternoon of lighter musical fare with the feel of days gone by. Enjoy Bugler's Holiday and Clarinet Candy, popular 1950s era compositions by Leroy Anderson, as well as Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and "Cowboys Overture" by John Williams. Also featured is the student winner of the Moraine Area Private Music Teachers Organization's annual Concerto Competition, Senior Division.

Pre-Concert Talk at 2 p.m. by Dr. Peter Gibeau, University of Wisconsin-Washington County music professor and KMS principal bass.

Location:
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend


Concert May 6, 2018: Kettle Moraine Symphony returns to Holy Hill with the Moraine Chorus

In the Beginning: The Creation
Haydn's "The Creation" with Symphony and Chorus at Holy Hill

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy sacred music the way it was meant to be heard, in this magnificent basilica high above Washington County.

The Kettle Moraine Symphony and Moraine Chorus join forces in presenting Franz Josef Haydn's magnificent oratorio, The Creation, written for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus and orchestra. Composed between 1797 and 1798, it is considered by many to be Haydn's masterpiece.

NOTE: There will be no pre-concert talk for this concert.

Location:
Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians - 1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus

Children's music event at West Bend Community Memorial Library

Click to view poster

KMS ⁄ Library "Family Fun Days"

Free Music-Literature-Craft Event For Kids of Any Age

Mother's Day was the theme for the final Family Fun Day of the 2016-17 season on April 29 at the West Bend Community Memorial Library.

Themed with the upcoming symphony concert program, these Saturday morning programs usually feature a book, a craft or other hands-on project, and musical listening which combine to show the connection between literature, music and the arts. This is a joint venture between the Kettle Moraine Symphony and the library, coordinated by KMS education liason, Patricia MacIntyre.

The program is geared for ages 4-12, but all ages (including adults) are welcome.

To see some fun event photos, visit the KMS Facebook page.

If you would like to receive emailed reminders prior to these events, please email the KMS Education Outreach Coordinator.

Auditions

KMS welcomes audition inquiries at any time, as our needs may change throughout the season and we maintain a sub list. Please see the Auditions page for current availability and contact information.

Thank you to the following businesses who serve as ticket outlets:

  • White House of Music, West Bend and Germantown
  • West Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Music Academy of West Bend
  • Horicon Bank, West Bend

Columbian Exposition posterTeachers!

View education outreach curriculum here.

Lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school, related to upcoming concerts.

Email our Education Coordinator

Volunteer or become a board member KMS Wants You!

Kettle Moraine Symphony invites you to consider becoming a board member or committee volunteer.

See our Volunteer Opportunities for specific ways to help.

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