Symphony Concert, Feb. 21, Features Knox Alumnae

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) will feature Knox College alumnae Kim Pokin Lee, soprano and Janet Mensen Reynolds, mezzo soprano at its Saturday, Feb. 21 concert. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, in Galesburg.

Concert tickets with prices starting at $10 are available at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (309-342-2299), 57 South Kellogg St., Galesburg, and online 24/7 at or at the door. Children and students are half-price.
Knox students admitted Free w/I.D.; Knox Fac/Staff @ 20% discount.

Under the direction of KGS artistic director/conductor Bruce Polay, Reynolds will perform in the finale of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. She last performed this piece with the KGS as a Knox College student. Lee will perform Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 5. Flynn’s “Larghetto” for String Orchestra will also be performed by the KGS.

Kim Pokin Lee, former member of the Knox College Choir, made her 2013 debut in Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.” Other noteworthy performances include the role of Cunegonde in Florida State University’s production of “Candide” and the soprano soloist in Saint-Saëns’ “Christmas Oratorio” with Grace Lutheran Church in Tallahassee (FL). Lee is now a voice teacher in Lombard (IL). Janet Mensen Reynolds also made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 with the Knox College Choir singing alto solos in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.” She is currently completing her 26th season at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. In addition to the KGS, she has performed with numerous Chicago area orchestras, recently singing as soloist for Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and “A Night of Rodgers and Hammerstein” with the West Suburban Symphony.

Luke Flynn (b.1988), a finalist for the 2013 American Prize in Composition, was the first American student to study music composition at the International University of Kogoshima in Japan. His “Larghetto” for String Orchestra was selected from the KGS International Call for Scores. Hector Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), born in Rio de Janeiro, was a prolific composer having written in many genres. Between 1930 and 1945 he wrote 9 pieces titled “Bachianas Brasileiras” with No. 5 composed in 1938 based on the style of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), as a composer, was regarded as a bridge between 19th-century Austro-German tradition and modernism of the early 20th century. He composed Symphony No. 4 from 1899 to 1900 and incorporated a song from his “The Youth’s Magic Horn” originally written in 1892. Mahler conducted the 1901 world premiere of Symphony No. 4 in Munich. Its 1904 American premiere was in New York City.

On Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m., Lee and Reynolds will present “Two Sopranos” for the “Music Mornings” Program at the Galesburg Public Library. “Music Mornings”, co-sponsored by the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and the Galesburg Public Library in cooperation with Galesburg School District 205, is a FREE concert preview for children ages preschool through 5th grade. Adults are welcome to attend. The next “Music Mornings” program, “The Flute,” is slated for Saturday, March 28 which will be presented by KGS principal flute Carol Neuleib.