Youth Concerts

The CUSO Youth Concerts were formerly known as the KinderKonzerts, until the name was changed in 2011. The Youth Concerts provide youths in the Champaign-Urbana community a live symphonic musical experience in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Over 4,000 area students attend these concerts every year, and the popular concert series draws students from a 50-mile radius around Champaign-Urbana. The teachers also receive an Educator’s Guide to help enhance their students’ concert experience and musical education.

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra began the KinderKonzerts in 1964. Early on, the concerts were in Foellinger Auditorium, but their popularity necessitated a move first to the Assembly Hall and then to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where concerts have been held since 1975. The programs are chosen by the conductor to portray the most relevant compositions for youths.

The CUSO recognizes the importance of instilling musical values in youths, and with these concerts, we are able to do just that!
 
2014 Youth Concerts
 
In April, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Youth Concerts in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the Foellinger Great Hall. There are four concerts being offered this year:

Tuesday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Each concert runs about 50 minutes in length.

These concerts are produced by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the University of Illinois School of Music Office of Public Engagement, and the Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and are sponsored, in part, by the City of Urbana Public Arts Commission, The Robeson Family Benefit Fund, Local 196 of the American Federation of Musicians, and the Illinois Arts Council.

2014 PROGRAM INFORMATION:

The CUSO explores all sorts of musical styles, from Renaissance to Ragtime and from Romantic to Rock 'n' Roll. This fun and interactive program features Matthew Naughtin's Birthday Variations and selections from masterpieces across the ages. The 2014 Youth Concerts are entitled “It's All About Style.”

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

Please apply with the online application website. Please follow the instructions carefully so as not to lose your data. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Nancy Boaz at 217-333-1580. Schools are accepted in the order in which the online applications are received. Schools applying after a specific concert is closed will be contacted to see if an alternate concert time is possible. When an alternate choice is not workable, the school will be placed on a waiting list.

Each participating teacher will be able to download an Educator’s Guide and the corresponding MP3’s. You will be notified when this option is available. If you are not able to download the recordings and would like a CD, please let us know and we will be glad to mail it to you. The educator’s guide contains information about each musical selection, including composer biography, music education, and history. The guide also explains the instruments used in the orchestra.

The fee for the concerts is $2.00 per student. After the concerts, you will receive a billing from our office for the amount due based on the number of students attending as indicated on your registration form application. This fee is used to cover the costs of producing the teaching materials, to make it possible to provide guest performers for the concerts, to help with the payment of the orchestra players, and other costs in producing the concerts. If your number of students attending changes, please notify Nancy Boaz at music-ope@illinois.edu.

PARKING: Bus parking will be provided around the Krannert Center. Metered parking for automobiles and smaller vans is available on the North side of both levels of the Krannert Center. Metered parking is also available in various spaces around the Krannert Center.

2013 Youth Concerts
 
This April, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Guest Conductor Jack Ranney, will present its annual Youth Concerts in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the Foellinger Great Hall. There are two concerts being offered this year:

Wednesday, April 10, at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m.

Each concert runs about 50 minutes in length.

These concerts are produced by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the University of Illinois School of Music Office of Public Engagement, and the Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and are sponsored, in part, by the City of Urbana Public Arts Commission, The Robeson Family Benefit Fund, Local 196 of the American Federation of Musicians, and the Illinois Arts Council.

2013 PROGRAM INFORMATION AND TRACKS:

Music is a constant part of our everyday lives. Through the ages, classical composers have given us music that deeply affects our emotions and dramatically raises our spirits. The 2013 Youth Concerts are entitled “Classical Power.” In the concerts you will hear energetic and powerful music from the symphonic literature. Featured works on the program include the opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss, Jr., and Gypsy Dance from Carmen by Georges Bizet. There will also be two selections by Modest MoussorgskyNight on Bald Mountain and Baba Yaga and Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition.

Curriculum Guide for the 2013 Youth Concert series

 
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