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2017-18 Season

 

VERDI'S REQUIEM
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

CUSO Verdi Soloists

VERDI: Requiem

Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Scott Ramsay, tenor
Sam Handley, bass

University of Illinois Oratorio Society,
Andrew Megill, Conductor

University of Illinois Men’s Varsity Glee Club,
Michael Schmidt, Interim Director

CUSO and the University of Illinois Oratorio Society come together to perform one of the most moving and memorable works of the choral repertoire, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. From the sublime beauty of soaring solo voices to the awe-inspiring power of the full orchestra and chorus, Verdi masterfully uses all of the vocal and instrumental forces at his command.

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MUSIC OF THE SEASON
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

CUSO holiday concert
CUSO holiday soloists

WENDELL: Overture To A Merry Christmas (after Mozart)
WARLOCK: Capriol Suite
HANDEL: Organ Concerto Op. 2 No. 2 in B-flat major
GABRIELI: Canzona
BACH: Little Fugue in g minor
WALDTEUFEL: The Skater’s Waltz (Les Patineurs) , Op. 183
CAREY: I Saw Three Ships
arr. REDFORD: In dulci jubilo
NILES: I Wonder as I Wander
ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride
arr. NAUGHTIN: Christmas Angels Sing-Along
HANDEL: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

Central Illinois Children’s Chorus
Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano
Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano

The CUSO annual celebration of the holiday season brings music to delight your ears and lift your spirits. Enjoy beloved carols in beautiful arrangements, featuring the angelic voices of the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus and outstanding soloists. Of course, a visit by Santa Claus himself is sure to be expected!

BAROQUE BRILLIANCE
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

violinist Zachary Carrettin

HANDEL: Concerto Grosso “Alexander’s Feast”
BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons

Zachary Carrettin, violin

CUSO presents an evening of “Baroque Brilliance” with stellar works by three giants of the era. Handel’s Concerto Grosso from “Alexander’s Feast” and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 feature dazzling solos by outstanding CUSO principals. Zachary Carrettin, a Baroque specialist and Music Director of the Boulder Bach Festival, returns to Champaign as violin soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Hearing and seeing this beloved music in live performance will be a special pleasure for all!

MUSIC OF DESTINY
Friday, March 2, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

violinist Stefan Milenkovich

GARROP: Mythology Symphony
   III. The Lovely Sirens
   IV. The Fates of Man
   V. Pandora Undone

MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Stefan Milenkovich, violin

An exciting offering of acclaimed masterworks and engaging discoveries will have you on the edge of your seat. Our Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop will introduce three compelling portraits from her Mythology Symphony. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is perhaps the most perfect ever composed. CUSO will be joined by Stefan Milenkovich, one of the greatest violinists of his generation. The evening concludes with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which is always thrilling to hear in live performance.

MUSIC OF TITANS
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

pianist Sun Chang

GARROP: Mythology Symphony
   I. Becoming Medusa

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 “Titan”

Sun Chang, piano

CUSO’s exploration of Gustav Mahler’s music continues with the autobiographical Symphony No. 1. This spectacular work, scored for a huge orchestra, draws upon a vast array of musical influences in Mahler’s life, from children’s songs to military marches. Contrasting Mahler’s titanic opus will be Garrop’s Becoming Medusa, a fascinating movement that traces the progression of this frightening mythological figure from “gorgeous” to “Gorgon.” You will also delight in the debut of the immensely talented and charming pianist Sun Chang, playing Mozart’s elegant Concerto No. 14.


CUSO PERFORMANCES | KRANNERT CENTER

CU BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
December 1-3, 2017
December 8-10, 2017

CUSO YOUTH CONCERTS
THE COMPOSER’S TOOLBOX
April 9-10, 2018