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2023-2024 Concert Season

The Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra (KVSO) is excited to announce our 2023-2024 season with a theme of  ‘A Season of Hope!’

Harpist Miriam Kessler

We start off on September 30th with a concert titled Hope for Acceptance and Peace. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture depicts the overthrow of the Spanish out of what is today the Benelux Countries in the 1600s. The uprising of the Flemish peoples to throw out the Spanish is one of the most exciting endings in all of music! The second half of the program will feature Peter Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony #5. This is one of the most exciting of all symphonies!

Next will be Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, by Gliere, featuring award winning harpist, Miriam Kessler, who is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music. This is a rare chance to hear the beautiful sounds of harp.

Organist Kavin Sampson

Featured on the November 5th concert at Asbury United Methodist Church will be organist Kavin Sampson, in a program titled Hope for Love for All of Us. The program includes works for chamber orchestra and organ as well as love songs from Italian Operas.

Jerry Downs of the Silhouettes

December 3rd brings our wonderful annual Holiday Concert titled Hope for Time with our Families. As well as the holiday sing-a-longs and fun holiday music, we will play Stokowski’s fantastic arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Don’t miss the Women’s Guild’s dinner afterwards with their FANTASTIC collection of home-made great cakes, cookies and candy. 

Soprano Avery Simmons

Join us on February 17th as the KVSO welcomes the Morning Star Gospel Choir, the KVSO Choir and soprano soloist Avery Simmons. Hope for Joy will feature uplifting and stirring performances of Franz Schubert’s Overture in C Major, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in excelsis, George Frideric Handel’s My heart is inditing, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and the perennial favorite – Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4 – Italian.

Our season of “Hope” concludes on April 6th with exhilarating performances of Antonin Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, Richard Strauss’ French horn Concerto No. 1 with guest artist Emily Whittaker and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Please join us as we conclude a season full of hope and look forward to an exciting future featuring orchestral gems, fresh new soloists and something for the entire family.