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 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.
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.