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Kettle Moraine Symphony

Washington County's Semi-Pro “Hometown” Symphony Orchestra, 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.

KMS Plays Copland, Bernstein and Britten

Callie Olinski is named winner of 2017 Concerto Competition

Kettle Moraine Symphony plays Copland, Bernstein and Britten

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The Kettle Moraine Symphony (KMS) explores music composed in the 20th Century on March 5, 2017 at 2pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Bend, playing Britten, Copland and Bernstein. The program includes Benjamin Britten's "Simple Symphony", a medley of tunes from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story", and "Fanfare for the Common Man", "Quiet City" and "Hoedown" by Aaron Copland.

Be there early for the pre-concert talk by UWWC music professor and KMS bassist, Dr. Peter Gibeau. Stay to marvel at the talent of 2017 Washington County Concerto Competition winner, Callie Olinski, as she performs the third movement of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54.

The season offers something for every taste, as music director Lindsay Riemer leads the orchestra and audiences through great music from the Classical, Romantic, Baroque, and 20th Century eras, with “Joy” an overarching theme. The season opened in October with the music of the Romantic era, featuring Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, composed in 1889. Following that, in November we shared a taste of the Baroque era with Bach, along with a beautiful but little-known Christmas Eve orchestral suite by Rimsky-Korsakov to celebrate the season.

“Music brings us joy in so many ways, that’s why I chose ‘Joy’ as the theme for my first season as music director of the KMS,” said Riemer, who was selected this spring to succeed retiring music director Paul Thorgaard.

See an overview of concert dates and descriptions below.

Order your tickets online here.

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Children's music event at West Bend Community Memorial Library

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Next West Bend Library Family Fun Days Celebrates Mom!

Free Music-Literature-Craft Events For Kids of Any Age!

Mother's Day will provide the theme for the next Family Fun Day. Watch for the announcement of the date, yet to be determined, in late April or early May.

Themed with the concert program and held at West Bend Community Memorial Library, 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 West Bend Community Memorial Library, coordinated by KMS education liason, Patricia MacIntyre.

The program is geared for ages 4-12, but all ages (including adults) are welcome. The event takes place at the library. If you would like to receive emailed reminders prior to these events, please send us an email.

In December 2015 a record number of children and their parents attended the Family Fun Day event, "Christmas Around the World", in conjunction with the two holiday concerts being performed by KMS. Patricia McIntyre, program coordinator, said afterward, "I am so delighted to announce we had twenty five children and many adults who attended this morning's KMS Family Fun Day event at the library. It was fantastic! I recruited seven West Bend High School Band musicians, and ten Interact students, and we needed all of them! Families kept thanking me for having a program that brought music into their kids' lives in a way they don't usually get to experience it, and for having teens there show that musicianship is cool. Every family signed up for our email list and wants to be invited next time."


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 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

2016-17 Symphony Calendar at a Glance

Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates Bach, Brahms and Strauss at University of Wisconsin - Washington County

romantic Era

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 reflects the Romantic Era, when music became more expressive and emotional. Its opening flute solo mimics birdsong, one of its many images of nature. The program also includes Beethoven’s Leonore No.3 and Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage.”

Pre-Concert Talk at 1 p.m. by Peter Gibeau, University of Wisconsin-Washington County music professor and KMS principal bass.

Our Savior Lutheran Church
1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend

Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates the winter holidays


Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

J.S. Bach’s timeless “Sheep May Safely Graze” aria, composed in 1713, adds a bit of Baroque to this program of thanksgiving and winter holiday anticipation. Bizet’s Farandole is from a French Baroque dance, and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3, is a spirited work from a composer with claims to both the Romantic and Classical eras. Rimsky-Korsakov’s wintery Christmas Eve Suite, Schubert’s Ave Maria, Moen’s Give Thanks, Anderson’s merry Sleigh Ride, and carols complete the program.

Pre-Concert Talk at 1 p.m. by Peter Gibeau, University of Wisconsin-Washington County music professor and KMS principal bass.

Our Savior Lutheran Church
1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend


Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates spring with Beethoven!

20th century

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Aaron Copland wrote “Fanfare for the Common Man” in response to the U.S. entry into World War II, inspired in part by a famous 1942 speech proclaiming the dawn of the "Century of the Common Man.” Copland’s “Quiet City”, BenjaminBritten’s “Simple Symphony” and Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" add to the contemporary vibe. This Concerto Concert also features Callie Olinski, student winner of the Washington County Concerto Competition, performing the 3rd movement of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54.

Pre-Concert Talk at 1 p.m. by Peter Gibeau, University of Wisconsin-Washington County music professor and KMS principal bass.

Our Savior Lutheran Church
1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend

Kettle Moraine Symphony returns to Holy Hill with the Moraine Chorus

classical era: mozart's "Great Mass" in C minor
Symphony and Chorus at Holy Hill

Sunday, May 7, 2017 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 in presenting Mozart’s Mass in c minor – the “Great Mass” – composed in 1782-1783. This most prolific and influential central figure of the Classical era has composed an uplifting work that soars in the great vault of the basilica at Holy Hill. The popular Holy Hill concert has become an annual tradition for audiences from a wide area. There will be no pre-concert talk for this concert.

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

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View education outreach curriculum here.

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

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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