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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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Composer Stacy Garrop

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra thanks composer Stacy Garrop for all she brought to our community during her Music Alive residency with the orchestra, which was funded by a grant from New Music USA.

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Overture Winners

Fantasy House Overture  by Maya Benyas
Strontium Red  by Roger Zare

CUSO was proud to perform the two winning overtures of the 2018 Music Alive Composition Competition at our April 27th concert. The competition was sponsored in partnership with New Music USA to promote the creation and performance of new music. Congratulations and best wishes to these talented young composers, Maya Benyas and Roger Zare. Read more . . .


Music That Moves!
Tuesday, April 7 | 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 8 | 10:00 a.m.

CUSO, The Guild of CUSO, and the University of Illinois School of Music invite grade school educators and their students to attend the 2020 CUSO Youth Concerts at Krannert Center, as the orchestra performs Music That Moves!
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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 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.