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2016-17 Season

MAHLER’S RESURRECTION
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Darrell Hoemann/CU Symphony during the Champaign-Urbana Symphony's "Brass Blowout" concert in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center on Friday, April 15, 2016.

MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)

University of Illinois Oratorio Society
Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano

The CUSO and the University of Illinois Oratorio Society come together for one of the biggest musical events of the year in Mahler’s searing, epic Symphony No. 2, one of his most awe inspiring and majestic creations. Written for a massive orchestra, chorus, and soloists, this thrilling work builds to one of the grandest conclusions in all of music.

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CU BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
December 1-4, 2016

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Thursday December 1, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday December 2, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 3, 2016 | 2:00 p.m.
Saturday December 3, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday December 4, 2016 | 2:00 p.m.
Sunday December 4, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.

in Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

The CUSO partners with Champaign Urbana Ballet for six performances of The Nutcracker at the Krannert Center!

Tickets for this special event must be purchased from the Krannert Center at (217) 333-6280 or online and are not included in CUSO season subscriptions.

HOLIDAY GLORIES
Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Holiday Heralds CUSO

BACH: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
POULENC: Gloria
WENDEL: A Chanukah Overture
TYZIK: The Twelve Gifts of Christmas
ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride
NAUGHTIN: Christmas Angels Sing-Along
HANDEL: Hallelujah Chorus

Central Illinois Children’s Chorus
University of Illinois Oratorio Society
Andrew Megill, Director of Choral Activities
Josefein Stoppelenburg, soprano

This mix of classical and popular selections is sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit! Poulenc’s Gloria for large orchestra, chorus, and soprano contrasts joyous outbursts with passages of sublime beauty. Rounding out the evening will be season’s favorites including a carol sing-along and, of course, a visit from Santa himself!

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BRITISH BOUNTY
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

William Moersch

VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
MACMILLAN: Percussion Concerto: “Veni, veni, Emmanuel”
ELGAR: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

William Moersch, percussion

Musical treasures from the British Isles will delight and amaze you, starting with Vaughan Williams’ beloved masterpiece for strings, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. CUSO Principal Timpanist William Moersch will perform as soloist in MacMillan’s percussion concerto, Veni, veni, Emmanuel. This virtuoso showcase is as stunning to watch as it is to hear as William Moersch will move around the stage filled with percussion instruments of every type. This offering of British musical bounty concludes with the richly melodic Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar.

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MUSIC OF THE HEARTLAND
Friday, March 17, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Rich Ridenour

COPLAND Lincoln Portrait
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
COPLAND: Symphony No. 3

Rich Ridenour, piano
Roger Cooper, narrator

In this program of music that defines our country, the CUSO will perform blockbuster favorites of Aaron Copland and George Gershwin’s immortal Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist and entertainer par excellence Rich Ridenour. In a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, a special encore may await you! The moving text and music of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait carry special meaning here in the Land of Lincoln. Many still consider Copland’s Symphony No. 3 the greatest American symphony written to date. Its rugged themes and optimistic rhythms culminate in a dazzling finale based on Fanfare for the Common Man.

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LATIN SENSATIONS!
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Colin Davin

The CUSO season finale is a community celebration of vibrant Latin music, from the scintillating rhythms of Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, inspired by a trip to Havana, to the brilliant orchestral dances of Márquez and Moncayo. Guitarist Colin Davin will delight you in music of Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

CUSO is pleased to be joined by the young musicians of the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, who will perform Danzón No. 2 side-by-side with their counterparts in CUSO.

Community guitar aficionados will join in for a lively group performance of Malagueña, as we conclude the CUSO season with this evening of fun and colorful music.

MONCAYO Huapango
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.99
Colin Davin, Guitar
MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2
with the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra
LECUONA Malagueña
MILHAUD The Bull on the Roof
VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 – Aria
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture

Guitarists! Take the Stage at the April 29 Latin Sensations Concert and Play Malagueña with Colin Davin
Come join this musical celebration! Maestro Stephen Alltop and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra invite interested guitar players to join with Colin Davin in a rendition of Lecuona’s Malagueña, arranged for Guitar Ensemble by Mr. Davin. There are two accompanying parts for different skill levels.

There will be one rehearsal on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from noon-1:00 pm, (location to be announced) and an on-stage warm-up in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center from 6:30 to 7:00 pm that evening. The concert is at 7:30 pm. As our thank you, guest guitarists will receive two comp tickets to the concert, one for their admission, and one for a guest.

Interested players should contact CUSO Operations Manager Hannah Dole at 217-351-9139 or by email at operations@cusymphony.org.

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