67th Season Tickets

NMKSO announces the 2023-24 Season “Horizons”! Fall Classics Concert “Mountain Vistas” Sunday Oct. 8, 2023 Winter Classics Concert “Arctic Pastoral” Sunday Jan. 28, 2024 Spring Classics Concert “Unfinished Journeys” Sunday April 21, 2024 Summer Chamber Music “Summer Settings” Sunday June 9, 2024

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From the music director…

I’m excited to share with you the exciting programs that we’ve curated for my first season as music director of the NMKSO. I hope you’ll join us for each special concert in our 66th Season!

We open the season with a special collaboration with Opera Kansas—we’re excited to present a concert version of Mozart’s classic fairytale, The Magic Flute. From a giant serpent to magical bells and flutes, an evil queen, a mysterious priest, and a great love story, there’s something for everyone in this program. Bring the whole family to “The Magic Flute IN Concert” on Oct. 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Newton High School Auditorium.

We return in January to celebrate local young artists and to remember the victims of the current conflict in Ukraine. This program is very special to me—we are pairing Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968 with Smetana’s Tabor from My Country. Husa’s powerful work reflects on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 and draws musical themes from the earlier work by Smetana. The concert once again features winners of the Dwight Beckham Young Soloists Competition. Please join us for “Chimes of Freedom,” at 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 29 in Memorial Hall at Bethel College.

The Summer Chamber Music Concert on June 11, at 3:00 p.m., features chamber works with James Jones and NMKSO musicians.

With appreciation of your support through the years, I encourage you to renew your season tickets and contributions.

Dr. Chris David Westover-Muñoz Music Director

65th Anniversary Season

Celebrate 65 years with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra!

NMKSO is excited to begin its 65th year of symphonic music! Last year found us reimagining our format and delivery, and we hope you enjoyed the virtual concert performances of our smaller ensembles.

The full orchestra was back on July 8, 2021, for an outdoor Pops concert at the Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival. Conductors from the orchestra led NMKSO on pops favorites highlighted by our trumpet section on “Bugle’s Holiday.”

We welcome conductor candidate Elliot Moore of Longmont, Colorado, for the Fall Classics Concert October 24, 2021 at 4:00p.m. The program explores the river scenes of The Moldau by Smetana, and an artist’s gallery in Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. Bethel College piano professor Christina Liu will be featured on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12.

The Dwight Beckham Young Soloists will perform their concerto selections with the orchestra during the Winter Classics Concert on February 13, 2022 at 4:00p.m. The complete program and special guest conductor will be announced at a later date.

The Summer Music Concert on June 5, 2022, at 3:00p.m., polishes off the season with chamber music played by James Jones, NMKSO musicians and friends.

NMKSO is proud to be your community orchestra, and we want to celebrate with you! Your season ticket purchase and donations support the season and the future.

Visit our website at www.nmkso.org for season updates, ticket information, and links to virtual concerts.

Join us for this sparkling “Sapphire” anniversary season, as we reflect and move forward.

– Jill Gatz, General Manager

Joyous Journeys!

Join the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for their 63rd Season. Join us this year for Joyous Journeys…leading the way!

Young Soloists Competition

Young Soloists

Auditions are quickly approaching for the 9th Annual Young Soloists Competition

Auditions are quickly approaching for the 9th Annual Young Soloists Competition

Applicants should be prepared to perform one movement of a standard concerto or concert piece that they expect to perform at the final concert. The selection should not exceed 12 minutes in length for the audition including all solo parts to be performed during the concert, and no more than 15 min. for the concert, including orchestral exposition. Piano soloists should have their pieces memorized. Students will provide their own audition accompanist.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016; individual times and location TBA.

Application deadline is Oct. 28, 2016. All applications must include a $20 application fee, which is non-refundable. Please make checks payable to the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra or NMKSO.

Eligibility Requirements (pdf)

Application (pdf)