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Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano
Carl Alexander, countertenor
Central Illinois Youth Chorus

Bring the family for this joyous concert featuring classical and popular music of the season, with a visit from Santa, and a Christmas carol sing-along. Read more‎ . . .

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Bach, Barber, Mozart, Stravinsky, and Strauss . . . your gift makes the performance of this great music possible. The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and two-thirds of our annual funding is provided by generous donors like you. Thank you!

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Anniversary Quilt Raffles

CUSO will raffle off two beautiful music quilts, handmade by CUSO supporter KT, to commemorate our 60th-Anniversary season. Raffle tickets will go on sale at the Oct. 5 concert. Get more information here.


CU Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, with live music performed by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.

Join Clara, her princely Nutcracker, and the talented young cast of the Champaign Urbana Ballet for this enchanted journey.
Six performances at Krannert Center.
December 5–8, 2019

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The dream of establishing a permanent and professional symphony orchestra in Champaign-Urbana began in 1959, when more than 300 community members became subscribers to the first season of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO are proud to celebrate the orchestra’s Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary with a brilliant season of music . . . Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Respighi’s epic Pines of Rome, and other dazzling masterworks will make 2019-20 a season to remember.

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The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by providing symphonic music of the highest caliber through live performances and music education in the schools, the concert hall, and the community. The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is the professional orchestra in residence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, and is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Photos of the orchestra and Conductor Stephen Alltop by Darrell Hoemann Photography.