“Come to the Concert” is a 10 week series of illustrated introductions to the music in each of the orchestral and chamber music concerts of the 2016-2017 KSO season. With the idea that knowledge and familiarity can help enrich any listener’s enjoyment, you are invited to “come to the class,” and, a few days later, to “Come to the Concert” itself. Each class is scheduled a few days before the performance, and, in addition to a brief overview of the structure of each work, classes will include information on composers, on the evolution of musical styles, and the growth of musical genres. As the KSO season does not schedule a concert every week, the classes in the non-concert weeks will provide opportunities for a variety of activities: to exchange reactions to the previous week’s performance, to explore questions about aspects of the music and performance, and to develop more fully the musical and historical background that will increase our comfort and familiarity with classical music. This year marks two significant milestones for the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra: first, a 40th Anniversary—40 continuous years of performing orchestral and chamber music to Kamloops and surrounding communities; second, the search for a new Music Director to replace longtime Director, Bruce Dunn. From the many applicants for the post four have been shortlisted, two women and two men. What makes this season a special time to “Come to the Concert” is that as part of the season-long selection process, each candidate will conduct one of the Masterworks Series orchestral concerts. Audience opinion of the candidates will be sought, and these classes may sharpen your judgement as you help determine who will direct the KSO in the coming years.