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2018-19 Season

 

MAHLER AND STRAUSS
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

STRAUSS: Four Last Songs
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

Amanda Majeski, soprano

Join CUSO as we open the season with the late Romantic music of Mahler and Strauss. Strauss’ sumptuous Four Last Songs will feature Metropolitan Opera star Amanda Majeski, one of the brightest vocal talents of our time. Opera News wrote of Majeski’s singing:

“Just the type of glowing soprano voice with which Strauss had a lifelong love affair.”

Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 5 is a dramatic journey, from its dark opening fanfare to the famous Adagietto and the resounding conclusion.

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HOLIDAY GLORY
Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

CUSO holiday concert
CUSO holiday soloists

WENDEL: Overture To A Merry Christmas
VIVALDI: Gloria
arr. REDFORD: In dulci jubilo for Brass Quintet
FRY: Angels We Have Heard on High
LEONTOVYCH, arr. NAUGHTIN: Carol of the Bells
FRY: The Day After Christmas
ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride
arr. NAUGHTIN: Christmas Angels Sing-Along
HANDEL: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

University of Illinois Chamber Singers, Andrew Megill, Conductor
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, Andrea Solya, Conductor
Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano
Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano

The CUSO annual celebration of the holiday season brings joyful music to lift your spirits, featuring beautiful classical works and beloved carols. Vocal soloists Josefien Stoppelenburg and Kate Tombaugh return to join with the University of Illinois Chamber Singers in Vivaldi’s sparkling Gloria. The shining voices of the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus will soar through the Foellinger Great Hall in magical arrangements of the season. Families will enjoy the sing-along of traditional holiday favorites – and a visit by Santa Claus himself!

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ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Carol Cook © Todd Rosenberg Photography

ROSSINI: Barber of Seville Overture
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, D. 485
GARROP: Krakatoa
STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite

Carol Cook, viola

This colorful program takes volcanos as its subject. CUSO welcomes Carol Cook, principal viola with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, to perform Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop’s new viola concerto, Krakatoa, a work that is as dramatic and explosive as the title would suggest.

Rossini’s bubbly overture to The Barber of Seville and Schubert’s lovely Symphony No. 5 both date from 1816, “The Year Without a Summer,” caused by the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora. Stravinsky’s delightful suite from Pulcinella will highlight many solo instruments of the orchestra.

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TERRA NOSTRA
Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

GARROP: Terra Nostra

University of Illinois Oratorio Society, Andrew Megill, Conductor
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, Andrea Solya, Conductor
Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Steven Soph, tenor
David Govertsen, bass

Terra Nostra is a beautiful new work for soloists, choruses, and orchestra by Stacy Garrop, CUSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence. CUSO is joined by the University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus to perform this moving music, which focuses on the relationship between our planet and mankind.

Cast in three sections, Part I: Creation of the World, Part II: The Rise of Humanity, and Part III: Searching for Balance, Terra Nostra celebrates the beauty of our planet and explores how we can create more awareness for our planet’s plight to find a balance for living within the Earth’s resources.

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Stacy Garrop, Music Alive Composer-in-Residence
Stacy Garrop is a nationally recognized composer of works for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, chamber ensembles, and oratorio. Stacy Garrop’s 2017–19 residency with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA that demonstrates the power and value of living composers working at the center of American orchestras. Major funding for Music Alive comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

THE PLANETS AND BEYOND
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

HOLST: The Planets
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite

University of Illinois Women’s Glee Club,
Andrea Solya, Conductor

In a stellar season finale, we travel from our own planet through our solar system and beyond. Gustav Holst brought his prodigious imagination and mystical sense to his most famous composition, The Planets, a tour de force for huge orchestra. Complementing Holst’s suite of planetary portraits will be selections from the original score to Star Wars by John Williams, one of the most popular film scores of all time.

In partnership with New Music USA, CUSO is proud to support the work of young composers. Our season finale concert will feature the winning compositions of the 2018 CUSO/Music Alive Overture Composition Contest.

MAYA BENYAS: Fantasy House Overture

ROGER ZARE: Strontium Red

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CUSO PERFORMANCES | KRANNERT CENTER

CU BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
with music performed live by CUSO

November 30–December 2, 2018
December 7–December 9, 2018

CUSO YOUTH CONCERTS
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
April 17–18, 2019