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Kettle Moraine Symphony

Washington County's “Hometown” Symphony Orchestra, Since 1968

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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.

2015-16 Season Tickets Available Now

If you are on our mailing list, you should have received the season ticket order form in July. You may order season or single concert tickets by mail or online.

See concert details below...

2015-16 Symphony Calendar at a Glance

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


Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Autumn is the time to get "Bach" to the great German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The program includes his Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, a showcase for the Dr. Peter Gibeau, baroque harpsichord, Karla Siegler, violin, and Mary Hughes, flute.

The full orchestra takes the stage for Johannes Brahms' “Academic Festival Overture,” ending with the familiar and rousing student graduation son, “Gaudeamus igitur.” Other selections include works by Austrian composers Schubert and Strauss, with “An Overture to Roseamunde” and “On the Blue Danube.”

Enjoy beer and wine service, and West Bend gemütlichkeit. (This concert is also available as part of UW-WC's Fine Arts Series.)

University of Wisconsin - Washington County Theater
400 University Drive, West Bend

Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates the winter holidays

Home for the Holidays

Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Start the holidays with family-friendly music of thanks and joy, including your favorite carols, “Sleigh Ride,” music from “Frozen,” and a few surprises.

Reserve a spot at our fun Holiday Tea at 12:30 p.m. (Advance reservations required, sold separately.)

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

Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates spring with Beethoven!

Countryside Delights

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

We present one of the greats, Ludwig van Beethoven, with a full prformance his Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony, celebrating nature's beauty, birds, rocks, storms and streams. And we honor a young musical talent with a performance by the student winner of the Washington County Concerto Competition.

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

Kettle Moraine Symphony returns to Holy Hill with the Moraine Chorus

Brahms' Requiem
Symphony and Chorus at Holy Hill

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Music director Paul Thorgaard conducts the orchestra and the Moraine Chorus, under the the direction of Prof. Peter Gibeau, in this magnificent basilica high above Washington County.

Deeply moving, profound and powerful, the German Requiem is Johannes Brahms' largest single work and one of the greatest monuments of choral music. The oratorio - a choral setting of biblical texts - draws on the composer's deep knowledge of Old and New Testament verse. The beautiful words and music combine to console the living, and give hope and blessings to the departed.

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

an English Garden, classical music concert

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An English Garden (Concert) - and Tea!

This event is now history...

Many thanks to everyone who made it a special event. And thanks to you, our audience members!

Featured on the program was Callie Olinski, winner of the 2015 Washington County Concerto Competition. Ms. Olinski performed the third movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. The remainder of the program represented the music of several English composers: Sir Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, C. Hubert Parry and G.F. Handel.

Thanks to board member, Patricia McIntyre, for organizing the tea and creating the wonderful food for the guests. Kudos to the culinary department at Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac campus, for creating the beautiful and scrumptious petit fours. Thanks also to our other donors:

  • - Savoring Thyme for the teas
    - Clothes Clinic for discounted linens
    - Rita Ganser, Joyce Malloy, Patricia McIntyre, Therese Sizer and Sharon Sullivan for china and teapots
    - Student volunteers from West Bend High School Interact for setup, food preparation, serving and cleanup
Children's event at the library March 7
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West Bend Library Programs for Families

Free Events For Kids of Any Age!

Prior to each concert, themed with the concert program. Held at West Bend Community Memorial Library

A featured book, a craft project, and musical excerpts combine to show the connection between literature, music and the arts. A joint venture between the Kettle Moraine Symphony and the West Bend Community Memorial Library!

The program is geared for ages 4-12, but all ages (including adults) are welcome. The event takes place at the library. For more information, visit or this page...


Heinzel Kunsman in rehearsal, 2013

Heinzel Kunsmann in rehearsal in 2013.
Photo © 2013 Heather Beilke.

Recap of “Nordic Melodies”

Lovely Venue, Scandinavian Flavor

On Friday, September 26, 2014 the orchestra presented its Nordic Melodies concert in a concert hall new to KMS and its patrons, the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School’s Performing Arts Center. The venue in Jackson is a lovely facility and a great place for the orchestra to begin its 2014-15 season.

Prior to the concert, KMS violinist Lisa Kitzke of Jackson shared many articles from her collection of Scandinavian handicrafts. Many of the articles on display were family heirlooms and others were items collected on family trips to the region. The display attracted the attention of many who came to the concert and helped set the mood for the evening.

Pianist Heinzel Kunsmann was the featured soloist for this concert. His performance of the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto was an audience favorite. Many audience members had an opportunity to meet the soloist at a post-concert reception. Kunsman is a Wisconsin musician who teaches at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.

Other selections on the program included selections from Grieg’s Pier Gynt Suite and Finlandia by Sibelius. It was a fine celebration of the music of the Nordic countries and a great way to kick off the new season.


There is a currently an opening for bassoon. Please see auditions if you are interested in auditioning for an open seat or for the sub list.

KMS welcomes audition inquiries at any time, as our needs may change throughout the season.

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
  • Hartford Music Center

Columbian Exposition posterTeachers!

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.

Thank you!