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Maestro Stephen Alltop and CUSO begin the 2020-21 season with an orchestra of strings, percussion, keyboard, and brass musicians, performing together safely. Get the “Subscriber Suite” and join CUSO in the comfort of your home for concerts and Zoom events. Details here.



Enjoy the wonderful sound of CUSO musicians together again as the strings of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra play favorites from the silver screen, Broadway, and The Beatles. The concert video streams for the weekend of October 23 – 25. Get the details here.

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CUSO showcases the extraordinary talents of local musicians to perform the 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. Thank you!

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The magnificent music of a symphony orchestra begins in the heart of each musician. “CUSO Music Now | 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.

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CUSO Music Now | From the Heart


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. “CUSO Music Now | 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


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. “CUSO Music Now | From the Maestro” presents video lectures which include musical performances:

Antonio Vivaldi

Frédéric Chopin

Ludwig van Beethoven

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.