About the Symphony / Awards
In 1951, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony presented its first subscription season of three concerts at Beecher Chapel in Galesburg. As the Symphony audience grew, concerts moved to Central Congregational Church, then to Harbach Theatre, and finally found a home at the historic Orpheum Theatre. Over time, the Symphony added two subscription concerts and non-subscription events such as the annual Pops concert, and every spring since 1984, the Symphony has presented a free concert on the lawn of Old Main on the historic Knox College campus. Committed to arts engagement, the Symphony provides youth and adult education programs such as Music Mornings at the Galesburg Public Library, Music Memories for students at the Orpheum Theatre, the annual Young Pianists Festival, in-school tours, and more.
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony’s mission is “to foster, promote and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public.” Drawing outstanding musicians from west-central Illinois and beyond, and featuring regionally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed guest artists, the KGS maintains a commitment to excellence, presenting performances that inspire and astound audiences. In addition to standard repertoire, the Symphony supports contemporary music through performance and commission of works by composers throughout the world.