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Youth Concerts


Educators and students are invited to 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 long.

Please note that the 2020 Youth Concerts have been canceled to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.


“Music That Moves!”

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 • 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 • 10:00 a.m.

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 engaging and interactive concert 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 tango? Show your knowledge in a game we’ll call Guess the Dance!

BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 10
GERSHWIN: I Got Rhythm
SAINT-SAËNS: Danse Macabre
MILLER: In the Mood
SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Teachers who would like to register for the April 2020 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. More than 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 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 University of Illinois School of Music Office of Public Engagement, and the Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.

logo for PNC BankThe CUSO thanks PNC Bank for their major sponsorship support of the Youth Concerts. Additional support is provided by The Robeson Family Benefit Fund, Champaign West Rotary, the City of Urbana Public Arts Commission, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

For more information about registering for the 2020 CUSO Youth Concerts, teachers and administrators can visit the University of Illinois School of Music website at: