Symphony's holiday concert set
URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's holiday concert, "A Season of Joy," featuring the Central Illinois Children's Chorus and the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana, is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert, directed by Stephen Alltop, will feature J.S. Bach's "Magnificat," G.F. Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus, the traditional audience sing-along and holiday favorites. Patrons are invited to attend a free reception in the Krannert lobby after the performance.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $31 for senior citizens and $5 for students. To buy tickets, call 333-6280.
Alltop said he looks forward to collaborating with the two area choruses in his first CUSO holiday concert.
"Both organizations have such wonderful leaders in Chet Alwes and Andrea Solya," he said. "I'm glad that our first time to make music together will be with such an uplifting masterpiece as Bach's 'Magnificat.'"
This is the orchestra's 54th season and Alltop's first with the orchestra. He also serves as music director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Green Lake Choral Institute.
He was named the Illinois Council of Orchestra's Conductor of the Year for 2012 for his work with the Elmhurst group.
Since 1994, Alltop has served as a member of Northwestern University's conducting and keyboard faculties; at the university, he conducts the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Baroque Music Ensemble. He has guest-conducted numerous orchestras and choruses throughout the United States.