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2017-18 Season


Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

CUSO Verdi Soloists

VERDI: Requiem

Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Scott Ramsay, tenor
Sam Handley, bass

University of Illinois Oratorio Society,
Andrew Megill, Conductor

University of Illinois Men’s Varsity Glee Club,
Michael Schmidt, Interim Director

CUSO and the University of Illinois Oratorio Society come together to perform one of the most moving and memorable works of the choral repertoire, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. From the sublime beauty of soaring solo voices to the awe-inspiring power of the full orchestra and chorus, Verdi masterfully uses all of the vocal and instrumental forces at his command.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

CUSO holiday concert
CUSO holiday soloists
WALDTEUFEL: The Skater’s Waltz (Les Patineurs), Op. 183
WARLOCK: Capriol Suite
GABRIELI: Canzona Noni Toni á 8
HANDEL: Organ Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 4 No. 2
HANDEL: “Rejoice greatly” from Messiah
J.S. BACH: “Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten” from Cantata No. 78
J.S. BACH: Little Fugue in g minor
CAREY: I Saw Three Ships
NILES: I Wonder as I Wander
ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride
NAUGHTIN: Christmas Angels Sing-Along
HANDEL: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, Kevin Kelly, Director
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus
Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano
Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano
Stephen Alltop, organ

The CUSO annual celebration of the holiday season brings joyful music to lift your spirits, featuring beautiful classical works and beloved carols. CUSO will be joined by two outstanding soloists, the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, and the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus. Maestro Stephen Alltop, organ virtuoso, will perform several works. Families will enjoy the sing-along of traditional holiday favorites– and a visit by Santa Claus himself is sure to be expected!

Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

violinist Joshua Brown

HANDEL: Concerto Grosso “Alexander’s Feast”
BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons

Joshua Brown, violin

CUSO presents an evening of “Baroque Brilliance” with stellar works by three giants of the era. Handel’s Concerto Grosso from “Alexander’s Feast” and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 feature dazzling solos by outstanding CUSO principals. CUSO welcomes the remarkably talented Joshua Brown to perform as violin soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Joshua is 18 and surely one of the most exciting violinists of his generation. He has been awarded use of an outstanding violin by the Stradivari Society, a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from Cremona, Italy. Read more at joshuabrownviolinist.com.

*CUSO regrets to announce that the originally scheduled guest artist, violinist Zachary Carrettin, is unable to perform for this concert due to an injury. We wish Mr. Carrettin a fast and full recovery.

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

violinist Stefan Milenkovich

GARROP: Mythology Symphony
   III. The Lovely Sirens
   IV. The Fates of Man
   V. Pandora Undone

MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Stefan Milenkovich, violin

An exciting offering of acclaimed masterworks and engaging discoveries will have you on the edge of your seat. Our Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop will introduce three compelling portraits from her Mythology Symphony. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is perhaps the most perfect ever composed. CUSO will be joined by Stefan Milenkovich, one of the greatest violinists of his generation. The evening concludes with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which is always thrilling to hear in live performance.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

pianist Sun Chang

GARROP: Mythology Symphony
   I. Becoming Medusa

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 “Titan”

Sun Chang, piano

CUSO’s exploration of Gustav Mahler’s music continues with the autobiographical Symphony No. 1. This spectacular work, scored for a huge orchestra, draws upon a vast array of musical influences in Mahler’s life, from children’s songs to military marches. Contrasting Mahler’s titanic opus will be Garrop’s Becoming Medusa, a fascinating movement that traces the progression of this frightening mythological figure from “gorgeous” to “Gorgon.” You will also delight in the debut of the immensely talented and charming pianist Sun Chang, playing Mozart’s elegant Concerto No. 14.

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