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Stephen Alltop,
Music Director and Conductor

Carmina Burana | Sat Oct 5, 2019
Joys of the Season | Thu Dec 12, 2019
Magical Delights | Sat Feb 1, 2020
Diamonds and Gems | Sat Mar 7, 2020
Brass Brilliance | Sat Apr 18, 2020*

As we join the community to respond to COVID-19 public health priorities, CUSO regrets that we will not be performing the April 18th concert, Brass Brilliance.


Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO thank our patrons and donors for their support as we celebrated the orchestra's 60th Anniversary, and we thank our musicians for their extraordinary dedication to performing this great music.

Music has the power to connect us to our shared humanity. CUSO extends our warmest wishes for our community's good health, and we look forward to announcing Maestro Stephen Alltop’s plans for the 2020-21 season.


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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Win This Music Quilt!

CUSO is still planning to hold the raffle for the beautiful Diamond Jubilee quilt, handmade by CUSO supporter KT to commemorate the orchestra's 60th Anniversary. Raffle tickets may be purchased by mail through April 23, 2020, get the details here. Tune into CUSO’s Facebook site to see the video of the drawing that will be held on April 25! Proceeds will benefit CUSO. Thank you!


on Sunday, May 3, 2020, is Canceled

CUSO regrets that the May 3rd season finale celebration with the New Orleans Jazz Machine has to be canceled. We can all look forward to the time when our community can come together again to celebrate the joy of live music, and appreciate it all the more. Be well!

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.