The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present its Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.
A free pre-concert lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.
Nathan Mo, 2015 winner of the Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition, will perform “Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 107,” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
The orchestra also will play “Overture to Romeo and Juliet,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and “Symphony No. 2, Op. 132” (“Mysterious Mountain”), by Alan Hovhaness.
Mo, a 16-year-old cellist from Rolling Meadows, Ill., is a fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program. He has previously studied with Gilda Barston and is currently studying with artist faculty Hans Jorgen Jensen.
He has won awards in a number of competitions, including first place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, where he performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May of 2014.
In 2013, Mo performed with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the De Paul Concerto Competition. He also has received first prize from the Society of American Musicians competition, second prize from the Chinese Fine Arts Competition, and honorable mention from the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. He was also the finalist at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
The Fremd High School sophomore enjoys basketball in his spare time.
Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the concert begins: adults are $15; seniors older than 62 and students are $10; children younger than 12 are $5. This concert is supported in part by The Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust.
For more information, call (815) 756-3728 or email [email protected].