Musicians of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra are

back together again making music for you!  

We are pleased to present a re-imagined Fall 2020 that can be viewed 

online as Video on Demand programs.


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Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.

Video concert streamed December 10–13 to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Music for Brass Quintet, Strings, and Voices

Carl Alexander, countertenor

Katelyn Lee, soprano

Maria Arrua, violin

Central Illinois Youth Chorus, Andrea Solya, Conductor

University of Illinois Oratorio Society, Andrew Megill, Conductor

LEONTOVICH arr. MCNEFF: Carol of the Bells

arr. FRY: Go Tell It on the Mountain

VIVALDI: “Laudate pueri” RV 601

VIVALDI: Violin Concerto in F Minor (“Winter” from The Four Seasons)

VIVALDI: “Laudamus te” from Gloria

arr. NAUGHTIN: Bell Carol/In dulci jubilo

MACGIMSEY arr. FRY: Sweet Little Jesus Boy

ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride

MOZART: Dona nobis pacem

arr. SNEDECOR: We Wish You a Merry Christmas


CUSO continues our annual holiday tradition with this magical concert for the whole family. Enjoy the sublime sounds of Vivaldi, beautiful carols, stellar voices, and brilliant brass. The soaring soprano voice of Katelyn Lee performing Vivaldi’s sacred music will bring a quiet joy. Countertenor Carl Alexander returns to perform the moving “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” with CUSO. Concertmaster Maria Arrua helps to usher in chilly weather with “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Enjoy the regal sounds of our brass quintet performing Carol of the Bells. CUSO is delighted to host the angelic voices of the Central Illinois Youth Chorus, joined by singers from the Oratorio Society, for a magical performance of Dona nobis pacem. As always, Santa will be stopping by to take us on a Sleigh Ride!


Enjoy the Holiday Magic concert from the comfort of your home. The video will be streamed on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. The link will make the concert available to view through 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13.


Each Concert Ticket/Link: $25


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TO ORDER TICKETS BY PHONE: Call CUSO at (217) 351-9139




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Virtual Concert

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This Thanksgiving Weekend, Apollo Chorus of Chicago will debut our first full-length, virtual concert, Glory: Music for Our World.


Kicking off our first-ever online season, Glory is one-of-a-kind concert that has been lovingly curated to reflect our shared experiences during these many months. It will bring us together to celebrate frontline workers and honor the memories of those lost to the pandemic; to delight in the solace we have found in nature and in moments of our shared humanity; and to energize us as we come together to create a better tomorrow.


We have missed you—and we have missed making music together. We cannot wait to share this amazing concert with you.


This event is FREE to attend.


To Register for access to and updates for this unique event, please click HERE.

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Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. The 2013-2014 season marks his seventeenth year as Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. Mr. Alltop is the ninth music director in the 140-year history of the chorus. Under his direction, the Apollo Chorus has expanded its collaborations to include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A specialist in oratorio performance, he has conducted over 100 oratorio and operatic masterworks. He also serves as music director for the Green Lake Choral Institute in Wisconsin and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he was named Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras for his work with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.  The orchestra has received multiple awards for excellence in programming. 

In April of 2013,Stephen Alltop was named as Music Director and Conductor of the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his first season there include Daphnis et Chloé Suites 1 and 2 by Ravel, Bach's Magnificat, and the Symphony No. 4 by Carl Nielsen.  Dr. Alltop has served as a member of Northwestern University's conducting and keyboard faculties since 1994 where he con


ducts the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Baroque Music Ensemble.  This year, he will conduct the world premiere of "Chapel Songs: Five Diverse Songs for Chorus and Orchestra" by Joseph Schwantner, commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of Alice Millar Chapel.

Mr. Alltop has guest conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the United States.  He has led opera and orchestral concerts with a number of Italian orchestras, including I Soloisti di Perugia, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Bologna), Teatro Reggio Orchestra (Parma), Festival Mozart (Roverto), Orchestra Sinfonica (Bari), Teatro Piccinni (Bari), and the Festival Duni (Matera). Dr. Alltop led the International Schools Choral Music Society Festival in Busan, South Korea in February of 2013. He has worked closely with leading composers of the day, including residency projects with John Corigliano, Eleanor Daley, Stephen Paulus and Eric Whitacre, and has conducted world premieres of works by John Luther Adams, Jan Bach, Miguel del Agila, Frank Ferko, Fabrizio Festa, Stephen Paulus, Alan Terricciano, and many others. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting music of Eric Whitacre.

An active musician in historic performance practices, Stephen Alltop has performed with many of today's outstanding early music musicians, including Julianne Baird, Elizabeth Blumenstock, David Douglass, Kenneth Slowik and Ton Koopman and Nicholas McGegan. He has appeared as a harpsichordist and organist with Boston's Handel and Haydn Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Bach Project, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, and the Omaha Symphony.  Dr. Alltop has served as principal organist for Soli Deo Gloria's Chicago Bach Project. In 2011, he was principal organist performing Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and conductor John Nelson at the Basilique St. Denis in France. As conductor of the Annual Celebration of Celtic Music at Chicago's Symphony Center, he has worked with distinguished television and stage performers such as Brian Dennehy, Bill Kurtis, John Mahoney, and Martin Sheen. His performances have been broadcast on Medici TV, RAI Italian Radio and Television, and the WFMT Fine Arts Network. His recordings can be found on the Albany, Cedille, Clarion, and American Gramaphone labels.