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COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Updated September 24, 2020 | Posted September 19, 2020

Save the Date!

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 – The KVSO is pleased to present its Woodwind Quartet, which will be performing at the following locations:

MATERNITY BVM CHURCH – 2PM
308 E Marsile • Bourbonnais, IL

ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH – 4PM
196 S Harrison • Kankakee, IL

Click here to register for concert passes. Proper social distancing regulations will be in effect.

Posted September 8, 2020

The KVSO is planning two more Chamber Ensemble performances on Sunday, September 20, 2020! The location is the Amphitheater at Legacy Park, located at 10229 N. Maple Street in Manteno, IL. There will be two afternoon performance times – 2PM and 4PM. This concert is free with a suggested donation to the KVSO. Please wear masks and socially distance at the concert. At this time, regulations will allow no more than 50 people in attendance. Click here to register for your concert passes.

We would like to thank all of our supporters for attendance at our previous concerts, donations and patience. We hope to see you on the 20th!

Posted August 25, 2020

Due to new restrictions from the governor, the concert on Friday 8/28/20 has been cancelled.

Posted August 22, 2020

The KVSO has added another outdoor concert! Join us at the Kankakee Depot on Friday, August 28 at 6PM for a wonderful concert outside! Cello soloist David Caplan will perform, followed by a brass quintet: Paul Germano (trombone), Rod Williams (trumpet), Steve Tongren (trumpet), Chuck Gray (French horn) and Tom Hentschel (tuba). This concert is free with a suggested donation to the KVSO. Please wear masks and socially distance at the concert. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic if you like! The Depot is located at Harold and Jean Miner Festival Square199 South East Avenue in downtown Kankakee. Click here to register for your concert passes.

Posted August 3, 2020

The KVSO musicians are embarking on a series of mini-concerts in Kankakee public parks. The events are designed to lift community spirits and bring exposure to the symphony.

Our director and conductor, Allan Dennis, says the events are in line with this year’s symphony theme, which is ‘Music Brings Us Together’. “I’ve always wanted to get our music out into the parks.” Dennis says. “People will see that we have a wonderful orchestra. This is going to be a great event — the Beatles, show tunes. If you like music, any kind of music, this is going to be enjoyable.”

Called Family Sunday Soirees, the concerts are planned Sunday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 23. All the events are free, but you must register here for a pass to the concerts, which will be emailed to you. Under Illinois pandemic guidelines, the audience will be limited to 40 people. State covid guidelines limit all events to 50 or fewer participants, including the performers. All are outdoor concerts. Dennis says it is likely the hat will be passed if anyone wants to contribute.

Patrons are asked to bring their own chairs. Face masks and social distancing will be required. If you think you’ll need an umbrella for either too much sun or a droplet or two, bring one.

The August schedule is as follows:

Sunday, August 9

  • Bird Park: Kankakee Valley Youth Orchestra soloists, 2 pm and 4 pm.
  • Civic Auditorium: Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, 4 pm.
  • Cobb Park Pavilion: Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra String Quintet, 4 pm.

Sunday, August 23

  • Civic Auditorium: Kankakee Valley Youth Orchestra soloists, 2 pm and 4 pm.
  • Bird Park: Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, 4 pm.
  • Cobb Park Pavilion: Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra String Quintet, 4 pm.

All events are scheduled rain or shine.

Posted May 23, 2020 | 10:20 AM

The Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra has announced it will not be holding the annual July 4th concert on the grounds of Kankakee Community College this summer. Safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic are the cause of the cancellation. 

“We are very disappointed to have to cancel the traditional July 4th concert, but the safety of the community and our orchestra are of paramount concern,” said Lynn Ahlden, president of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra (KVSO).

The KVSO season, themed “Music Brings Us Together,” is scheduled to open on September 26th at Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.

“Our season theme ‘Music Brings us Together,’ was chosen prior to the pandemic, but it now seems especially fitting,” said Ahlden. “Our hope is the season will open on time and indeed the wonderful music of the KVSO will bring us together.”

Updates on the season, as well as information about events the KVSO will be involved in this summer, will be available here at the symphony’s website.

“Like many arts organizations, we have felt the tremendously negative impact of this pandemic,” said Ahlden. “We encourage those who have enjoyed the KVSO over the years to go to our website and show their support through an on-line donation. We know many appreciate the extreme value and joy the KVSO brings to the community and we want to continue to provide that cultural enrichment to the area.”

Posted April 17, 2020 | 5:20 PM

GREAT NEWS! As you know, we couldn’t perform our last concert of this season – ‘Dance Music’, so the first performance of the 2020-2021 season will begin with that concert! Flex and season subscribers can use their tickets from the cancelled April 4th concert for ‘Dance Music’ next season (date to be announced soon). Until you can hear KVSO live, please visit our YOUTUBE channel. You will find several recordings from earlier concerts for your listening enjoyment! Please let us know how you are and what we might do to bring beauty into your day. If you wish to make a donation, please visit KVSO.org. Thank you!! Stay safe!!

Posted March 18, 2020 | 1:20 PM

Concert Update – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from public health officials, the KVSO has made the difficult decision to postpone its April 4th ‘Dance Classics’ concert. The health and safety of our Symphony patrons, orchestra and support personnel is of utmost importance to the KVSO. More information will be available soon. Stay safe!