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Youth Concerts


2024 CUSO Youth Concerts
At Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

“Music That Moves!”

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 10:00 a.m.

Educators and students in grades 3–6 are invited to join the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Stephen Alltop for our April Youth Concerts at Krannert Center, “Music That Moves!” We often want to dance when we hear music . . . we tap our toes, move our bodies, and sway to the rhythms of the band. This fun and interactive program will feature lively music by Glenn Miller, George Gershwin, Camille Saint-Saëns, Johannes Brahms, and John Philip Sousa. Can you recognize the difference between a Waltz and a Tarantella? Get ready to show what you know in our game of “Guess the Dance!”

BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 5
GERSHWIN arr. NAUGHTIN: I’ve Got Rhythm
SAINT-SAËNS: Danse Macabre
MILLER arr. GARLAND: In the Mood
SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever March

Get ready for “Music That Moves!” Download the “Guess the Dance” guide here. Get the complete Educator’s Guide for the concert, with information about the music, composers, orchestra instruments, and more here.

The concert is approximately 35 minutes long. There is no charge for admission. Schools are asked to pay a registration fee based on the number of students attending:

School Registration Fee
1–10 students: $10.00
11–25 students: $25.00
26–50 students: $50.00
51–75 students: $75.00
76–100 students: $100.00
101–150 students: $150.00
151+ students: $175.00

To register for the April 2024 CUSO Youth Concerts, complete the online registration form:


The registration deadline is Thursday, March 28. Teachers will receive a confirmation of their registration, an invoice for the fee, and instructions for Krannert Center parking, check-in and seating. If you need additional information, please email Gerri Kirchner at music@cusymphony.org.

We look forward to seeing you in April for “Music That Moves!”

The CUSO Youth Concerts provide elementary school students in Champaign County a live symphonic musical experience in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. As many as 3,000 students attend these concerts each year, coming from communities throughout the region within a 50-mile radius. Participating teachers receive an Educator’s Guide and recordings for pre-concert study in the classroom to help enhance their students’ concert experience and musical education.

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra first performed the Youth Concerts (known then as Young People’s Concerts and KinderKonzerts) in 1964. Early on, the concerts were in Foellinger Auditorium, but their popularity necessitated a move first to the Assembly Hall and then to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where the performances have been held since 1975.

The CUSO recognizes the importance of engaging future generations with classical music. The Youth Concerts are a critical part of the CUSO’s mission and an opportunity we are proud to provide. The CUSO Youth Concerts are produced by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the University of Illinois School of Music Office of Public Engagement, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Funding support is provided in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Meredith Foundation, and the Robeson Family Benefit Fund.