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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.

The Glory of Mozart at Holy Hill

KMS and Moraine Chorus collaborate on Mozart's Great Mass in C-Minor

Kettle Moraine Symphony and Moraine Chorus at Holy Hill, May 7, 2017

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On Sunday, May 7 at 3:00pm at the basilica of Holy Hill, the combined forces of the Moraine Chorus and the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Great Mass in C-minor, K.427/417a, with Peter Gibeau as guest conductor. Soloists were Deanna Gibeau, soprano; Kathryn Flynn, mezzo-soprano; Wesley Dunnagan, tenor; and David Mohr, baritone.

Dr. Peter Gibeau, director of the Moraine Chorus and guest conductor for this concert, offers a few introductory thoughts about Mozart's work.

The C-minor Mass and the Requiem are Mozart's greatest choral works. Both were left unfinished. Mozart composed the C-minor Mass in 1782-83 in Vienna and Salzburg and performed it in Salzburg in 1783. The soprano soloist for the “Et incarnatus est” was Constanze, his wife, who was visiting Mozart’s hometown and meeting her father-in-law Leopold for the first time. Because Mozart married Constanze over the objections of his father, the C-minor Mass may have been a kind of peace offering, an attempt to reconcile with his father. While much of the music is exuberant and euphoric, as in the opening movement of the Gloria, some of it is very dark, chromatic, and even disturbing, such as the opening “Kyrie eleison” (Lord have mercy), which is a troubled pleading to his (biological) father for forgiveness.

Kettle Moraine Symphony's 2016-17 season has offered something for every taste, as music director Lindsay Riemer led the orchestra and audiences through great music from the 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.

KMS explored music composed in the 20th Century in March, playing Britten, Copland and Bernstein. KMS was also excited to perform the 3rd movement of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor with Callie Olinski, 16, who is the 2017 winner of the Washington County Concerto Competition.

In May, we close our season with Mozart's Great Mass in C minor at the Basilica of Holy Hill with guest conductor, Dr. Peter Gibeau.

See a season overview below.

Children's music event at West Bend Community Memorial Library

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KMS ⁄ Library "Family Fun Days" Celebrates Mom!

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.

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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

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”, Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony” and Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" add to the contemporary vibe. This 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 Great Mass in c minor, 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. NOTE: 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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Lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school, related to upcoming concerts.

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