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Youth Concerts


Join Music Director & Conductor Stephen Alltop and CUSO for an interactive, educational concert in the Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center. Each concert is approximately 45 minutes.

“The Composer’s Toolbox”

Monday, April 9, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

How do composers write music? What do they find in their “tool box” to help them compose? This engaging and interactive program will feature Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop as she guides of through the creative world of the composer. Along with Stacy’s Blurrr for Orchestra, students will enjoy favorite movements from Bizet’s Carmen and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite.

Teachers who would like to register for the April 2018 Youth Concerts can get more details by downloading the poster.

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. Approximately 3,000 area students attend these concerts every year, and the popular concert series draws students from a 50-mile radius. Participating teachers also receive an Educator’s Guide and recordings 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 Youth Concerts are produced by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music Office of Public Engagement and the Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. The Youth Concerts are sponsored in part by the City of Urbana Public Arts Commission, The Robeson Family Benefit Fund, the Curtis C. Nash Children’s Creativity Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.

For more information about registering for the 2018 Youth Concerts, teachers and administrators can visit the UI School of Music website at: