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2020 Subscriptions



While we can’t perform live in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center, Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop has reimagined the first half of the 2020-21 season to bring the music to you online. CUSO concerts will be performed by an orchestra of strings, percussion, keyboard, and brass musicians, who are performing together safely as we follow the recommended COVID-19 safety protocols. Join CUSO as we keep the music playing to celebrate the talents of local musicians and the uplifting power of music!

The 2020 “Subscriber Suite” features five online events for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home during October, November, and December:

Welcome Back Pops! The Strings Sing Concert
Streamed on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. and available to view through Sunday

Afterglow Live! with Stephen Alltop
Friday, October 23 at 8:30 p.m.
After the Pops concert, CUSO Suite Subscribers are invited to gather with CUSO friends for Afterglow Live! Enjoy the conversation and some delightful surprises as Conductor Stephen Alltop hosts this live soiree event by Zoom.

Give Thanks for Music
Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.

As we face this challenging time, the search for optimism and hope begins with gratitude. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, CUSO invites you to join Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop for a special presentation to give thanks for music. As the leader of several preeminent music organizations, Stephen is immersed in the world of music. He teaches at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and is Director of Music for the Alice Millar Chapel there. Stephen also serves as Music Director and Conductor for the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. Stephen will share his reflections about how music inspires and unites us, as he presents highlights from several of his recent artistic collaborations and performances, including these works:

Barber’s Adagio for Strings
Monteverdi’s Opera Orfeo (reimagined as a film)
J. S. Bach’s “Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3
J. S. Bach’s “Bist du bei mir”

“Give Thanks for Music” is a live Zoom event hosted by Stephen Alltop. After the live Zoom, a video recording of the event will be available for viewing through Sunday, November 22.

Holiday Magic Concert
Streamed on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and available to view through Sunday

Afterglow Live! Holiday Zoom with Stephen Alltop
Thursday, December 10 at 8:30 p.m.
After the Holiday Magic concert, CUSO Suite Subscribers are invited to join Stephen Alltop and friends for some holiday cheer at our live Afterglow soiree hosted on Zoom.
You only need to purchase one ticket/link per household. Email address is required; order confirmations and event links will be sent by email.

SUBSCRIBER SUITE (all five online events): $100.00

CONCERTS: $25.00 each
The October 23 Welcome Back Pops! concert and the December 10 Holiday Magic concert may also be purchased individually.

TO ORDER TICKETS BY MAIL: Download the ticket order form

TO ORDER TICKETS BY PHONE: Call CUSO at (217) 351-9139


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