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Carmina Burana
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
The Apollo Chorus of Chicago
University of Illinois Oratorio Society
Central Illinois Youth Chorus

STRAVINSKY: The Firebird Suite
ORFF: Carmina Burana

CUSO begins the 60th-anniversary season with a performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, a work the orchestra performed for the very first season concert in 1960. More than 170 voices from three choirs will join CUSO to perform Carmina Burana. ‎Read more . . .

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Tonight We're Going to Party Like It's 1959!
Saturday, September 28, 2019
5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Champaign Country Club
1211 S. Prospect Avenue, Champaign

Join Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO as we turn the clock back to 1959 for a gala celebration of the orchestra’s 60th anniversary! Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and great music performed by The Pocket Big Band. 1959 party attire is encouraged! Proceeds benefit CUSO. Get the details here . . .

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.


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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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.