The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra continues to share the inspirational power of music with our community as we invite you to join the music online. In these times, we remember the pleasure of experiencing live orchestral music at CUSO concerts in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. “From the Hall” presents memorable performances from past concerts to enjoy again.
“WINTER” FROM THE FOUR SEASONS
CUSO invites you to enjoy our performance of “Winter” from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring CUSO concertmaster Maria Arrua. Conducted by Stephen Alltop, CUSO performed this famous work for the Holiday Magic virtual concert presented on December 10, 2020.
Experience the brilliance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, conducted by Stephen Alltop and performed by CUSO on October 13, 2018, in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy this powerful performance by 82 local musicians in a musical journey that moves from tragedy to triumph as you listen to the excellent sound quality of the audio recording on CUSO’s SoundCloud channel.
Feel the healing power of music in flutist Amanda Pond’s soulful performance of Phoenix Rising by Stacy Garrop. Mindful that these times call on our resiliency, CUSO Music Now presents this moving musical portrayal of the phoenix myth and the sacred journey toward renewal. Phoenix Rising was performed on the stage of Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 9, 2019. Phoenix Rising is in two parts: I. Dying in Embers; II. Reborn in Flames.
DVOŘÁK SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN G MAJOR, OP. 88
On August 12, 1893, Antonín Dvořák conducted his G-major symphony at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Experience the timeless beauty of this work as CUSO presents Dvořák’s extraordinary Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, performed on February 1, 2020. Known as one of Dvořák’s greatest achievements, the Eighth is lyrical and expressive of the joys of life and the beauty of nature in its changing rhythms. Enjoy the excellent sound quality of the audio recording on CUSO’s SoundCloud channel.
SMILE O VOLUPTUOUS COOL-BREATHED EARTH!
The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra invites you to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of nature and music in this scenic CUSO Music Now video presentation of “Smile O voluptuous cool-breathed earth!” Walt Whitman’s poetry is the text for this sublime love song to the planet, an aria from Terra Nostra by Stacy Garrop. This moving performance by baritone David Govertsen and CUSO is from our concert on March 9, 2019, in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Experience the power of musical fireworks in this dynamic work by Illinois composer, Roger Zare. Performed by CUSO on April 27, 2019 at the concert, “The Planets and Beyond,” Strontium Red is charged with energy. Strontium is the element that gives fireworks and flares their bright red color. As Zare describes, “Bursting with rapidly flowing streamers of notes and explosive percussive cracks, the rousing energy of this music reflects the heat and brilliance of red fireworks.”
LO, HOW A ROSE E’ER BLOOMING
Enjoy this timeless music of inspiration and hope by Michael Praetorius in this special video message for our community. The piece was originally performed by CUSO at the holiday concert on December 12, 2019.
Experience the musical journey of Terra Nostra, a brilliant oratorio by composer Stacy Garrop, which celebrates the beauty of Earth and humanity’s historic search for living in balance. The concert was performed by CUSO and the University of Illinois Oratorio Society on March 9, 2019.
THE COMPOSER’S TOOLBOX
Discover the delight of a CUSO Youth Concert as Maestro Stephen Alltop opens “The Composer’s Toolbox.” CUSO performed Stacy Garrop’s Blurrr for orchestra, favorite movements from Bizet’s Carmen, and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite for schoolchildren who visited Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on April 9, 2018.