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
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
Join the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for their 63rd Season. Join us this year for Joyous Journeys…leading the way!
NMKSO, together with Hesston Bethel Performing Arts and the Kansas Paraguay Partners, will bring Latin Grammy winning guitarist Berta Rojas to North Newton for a concert on April 8 at 4 p.m. in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall.
Rojas will be featured on the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo and on two works by Paraguayan composers: “Renacer” by Oscar Cardozo Ocampo, and her own arrangement of “La Balada del Indio” by Ismael Ledesma.
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Join the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for our 61st season “Musical Passports.” Our Fall Classics Concert, “Voyage through the United Kingdom,” will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday October 1, in Bethel College Memorial Hall. Featured will be music by Händel, Mendelssohn and Elgar. Tickets $6-$15, available at Faith & Life Bookstore, 606 N. Main, Newton, or online at www.nmkso.org.
NMKSO will present its Spring Concert “Facets of Memory” at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, March 19, at Bethel College Memorial Hall. The program includes “The Reef” by guest composer Michael Knopf, plus music on remembering and western themes.
The concert is presented as an event of the Newton Area Arts Council’s third annual Spring Into the Arts Festival and in collaboration with the Kauffman Museum’s Spring Gala, which immediately follows at the museum.
The Young Soloist Competition auditions were held Nov. 19, 2016, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. First place winner in the college division was Andrew Thiesen, trombone, representing Bethel College. The runner-up was Billie Selichnow, trombone, also of Bethel. Also auditioning was Kento Aizawa, clarinet, representing McPherson College. There were no applicants in the high school division this year. Judges for the competition were James Jones and Nicholas Smith, both of Wichita.
Thiesen will perform with NMKSO at the Winter Classics Concert on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 4 pm in the Newton High School Auditorium, playing the “Trombone Concerto No. 4, mvt. II, III” by Ferdinand David.