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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 Ticket Order Form Coming Soon!

Watch your mail in July for the order form for the 2015-16 season ticket order form.

The season will open with "Bachtoberfest" at UW-Washington County on September 26. Then, you will be "Home for the Holidays" on November 21 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Bend. Hear a different, purely holiday concert at the Schauer Center in Hartford at its 15th Anniversary Celebration on December 18. Enjoy Beethoven's 6th Symphony and dream of Spring on Sunday, March 13, location TBD. Finish out the season by returning to Holy Hill on Sunday, May 15 for glorious sacred music in a sacred space.

KMS and Moraine Chorus Perform Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at Holy Hill

KMS at Holy Hill on May 17, 2015

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The Kettle Moraine Symphony (KMS) and Moraine Chorus returned to the Basilica at Holy Hill and a standing room only crowd, on Sunday, May 17, to perform music from Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in D Minor, No. 11.

Music director Paul N. Thorgaard conducted the orchestra with the Moraine Chorus, directed by Dr. Peter Gibeau of the University of Wisconsin-Washington County.

Haydn (1732-1809) wrote the Mass in 1798 during a time of upheaval in Europe. It was originally known as the “Mass for troubled times.” Considered Haydn’s greatest single composition, the work became known as the Lord Nelson Mass after a victorious Admiral Horatio Nelson met with the composer, whom he admired, and asked Hayden for the quill with which he wrote it.

The chorus also performed two short selections by Felix Mendelssohn, and one by Anton Arensky, a lovely setting of the Lord's Prayer in Russian.


an English Garden, classical music concert

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An English Garden (Concert) - and Tea!

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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

Symphony Calendar at a Glance

Next Concert: Holy Hill on May 17, 2015

Nordic Melodies
Friday, September 267:30 p.m.Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School Performing Arts Center
Italian Voices
Saturday, November 82:00 p.m.Our Savior's Lutheran Church
British Invasion! Food, Drinks, Live Music, Appearances by some of the most famous British musicians of all time!
Thursday, February 194:30-6:30 p.m.Volunteer Center of Washington County
An English Garden
Sunday, March 22Tea at 1:00 p.m., Concert at 2:00West Bend High Schools Fine Arts Center
Holy Hill
Sunday, May 173:00 p.m.Basilica at Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary

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Children's event at the library March 7
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West Bend Library Programs for Families

Sorry - the March 7 event at the Library has been cancelled. The next event will be in May.

Free Events For Kids of Any Age! Next: An English Garden - Saturday, March 7, 2015

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

Join us for the third of four sessions. 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...


Kettle Moraine Symphony performs music of England, March 2015

KMS 2014-15 Concert Season

New venues, great music!

Kettle Moraine Symphony will continue its tour this year, both musically and literally, performing music of many lands with each concert in a different location.

The September concert featured beloved music of Grieg, Sibelius and other Scandinavian favorites in an exciting venue- Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School's new Performing Arts Center, which was completed in early 2013.

In November, KMS travels back to its "home" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Bend to perform a program featuring a rich tapestry of “Italian Voices,” and welcomes back soprano soloist, Deanna Gibeau.

In March, the orchestra packs up and embarks on another exciting journey to West Bend High School's reinvented auditorium in its newly polished incarnation known as the West Bend Fine Arts Center. “An English Garden” will feature an English formal tea, compositions of English origin, and an inspiring performance by the young artist who wins the 2015 Washington County Concerto Competition.

Finally, KMS returns once more to Holy Hill in May to perform sacred music in a sacred space, featuring Haydn's majestic “Lord Nelson Mass” and KMS brass in antiphonal splendor.

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 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.

Recap of “Italian Voices”

Deanna Gibeau, Soprano, Featured Soloist

Italy came to West Bend on Saturday, Nov. 8, with Italian Voices, showcasing Italian opera and composers, and featuring two arias performed by Deanna Gibeau, soprano. Ms. Gibeau took the role of Cleopatra singing “Piangero la sorte mia” from George Fredrick Handel’s finest Italian opera, “Julius Caesar.” Before her performance, Ms. Gibeau drew in the audience by telling the stories behind the arias. Gibeau also sang the stunning “O mio babbino caro” from Giacomo Puccini’s 1918 comic opera, “Gianni Schicci,” in which Lauretta expresses her love to her beloved father.

“What a privilege it is for me to sing again with the Kettle Moraine Symphony. Both arias are favorites of mine and I'm especially grateful for the chance to channel Cleopatra through the stunningly beautiful music of Handel,” Gibeau said.

Also on the program were the Overture from the comic opera, “The Barber of Seville,” by Gioachino Rossini, the overture from "La Forza del Destino," by Giuseppe Verde, and a set of three orchestral suites, “Ancient Dances and Airs,” by Ottorino Respighi.

Rave reviews for both Deanna Gibeau and the orchestra were heard over coffee and Italian cookies at the post-concert reception.


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!