Youth Concerts

On April 17 and April 18, 2019,  the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra (CUSO), under the direction of Music Director Stephen Alltop, will present the annual CUSO Youth Concerts in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Join Music Director & Conductor Stephen Alltop and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra for an interactive, educational concert in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center. Each concert is approximately 45 minutes. From fish to fossils, donkeys to kangaroos, The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns turns the orchestra into a marvelous zoo! Enjoy this humorous musical suite and the fun ways these many creatures come to life in orchestral instruments.

Each concert is approximately fifty minutes long, and four performances are offered this year:

April 17, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

April 18, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

Program Information Poster

Educator's Guide

The educator’s guide contains background information about the musical program, focusing on historical context, composers’ biographies, music education, and the instruments and traditions of the orchestra.

Here are two performances you may enjoy watching on YouTube: 

Fun visuals!

Just the music with the score

Watch a Video

Watch a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, played by the Canadian Brass.



If you have any questions, please feel free to call Nancy Boaz at (217) 333-1580.  Schools are accepted in the order in which the online applications are received.  Schools applying after a specific concert is closed, will be contacted to see if an alternate concert time is possible. When an alternate choice is not workable, the school will be placed on a waiting list.

Please Note:  Homeschooled students and parents are welcome to apply.  Please register online.

Parking Information

PLEASE NOTE: Bus Parking will be available only upon pre-notification with registration.



The fee for the concerts is $2.00 per student. After the concerts, you will receive a billing from our office for the amount due based on the number of students attending as indicated on your registration form application. This fee is used to cover the costs of producing the teaching materials, to make it possible to provide guest performers for the concerts, to help with the payment of the orchestra players, and other costs in producing the concerts. If your number of students attending changes, please notify Nancy Boaz at

Tickets will be distributed upon arrival at Krannert Center at the registration table in the lobby.

These 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 2018 Youth Concerts are sponsored in part by the City of Urbana Public Arts Commission, The Robeson Family Benefit Fund, Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, Music Alive/New Music USA, and the Illinois Arts Council.