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CUSO continues to share the power of music with our community as we invite you to join the music online with CUSO MUSIC NOW. “From the Heart” presents new video performances by CUSO musicians from their homes. “From the Hall” features memorable CUSO performances from our concerts in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center. “From the Maestro” is the virtual venue where Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop shares his passion for music in special video presentations.


The magnificent music of a symphony orchestra begins in the heart of each musician. CUSO musicians have built their lives around music and bring talent and technique to give a unique voice to their instruments. “From the Heart” features CUSO principals and orchestra members as they share their love for music in a personal way with solo and ensemble performances from their homes.

View all of these performances:

CUSO Music Now | From the Heart


Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop has engaged our community in the concert hall and in the classroom. Known for his entertaining and informative talks, Stephen shares a deep knowledge and insight into the composers and their music. “From the Maestro” presents special video lectures, which include musical performances:

Lecture in Place | Antonio Vivaldi

Lecture in Place | Frédéric Chopin

Lecture in Place | Ludwig van Beethoven

From the Hall

In these times, we remember the excitement of experiencing the power of live orchestral music at CUSO concerts in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center, and appreciate it all the more. “From the Hall” presents memorable CUSO performances to enjoy again.

Tune in to these performances featuring the full orchestra:

CUSO Music Now | From the Hall

Celebrating 60 Seasons

Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO thank our patrons and donors for their support as we celebrated the milestone of the orchestra's 60th-Anniversary season in 2019-20. We are grateful to our musicians for their dedication to performance excellence as CUSO presented Orff's Carmina Burana, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and many other great works. We look forward to the time when we can all come together again to experience the power and passion of live orchestral music.


CUSO showcases the extraordinary talents of local musicians to perform the awe-inspiring music you love. Your gift today will help the orchestra weather the COVID-19 crisis and ensure our strong return to the concert hall when live performances resume at Krannert Center. For 60 years, community support has made CUSO possible. Thank you!

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Founded in 1959, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra has a proud history made possible by extraordinary community support.  Over the years, CUSO has performed more than 350 concerts and showcased the talents of hundreds of local, professional musicians, bringing the magic of music to audiences of all ages. Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO musicians will keep the music playing as our community faces the unique challenges of this time, together.


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CUSO is 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.