John Williams speaks on a microphone

TashTish - CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

June 21, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Made in the USA

A salute to the armed forces along with music from some of our favorite movies.

Gustav Mahler in 1892

By E. Bieber - Kohut, Adolph (1900) "Gustav Mahler", Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

June 14, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Music of Titans

Explore Gustav Mahler’s music with the autobiographical Symphony No. 1.

"Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Aquarell von James Warren Childe 1830" by Eckart Kleßmann. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

June 07, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Music of Destiny

An exciting offering of acclaimed masterworks and engaging discoveries.

Gustav Holst, c. 1921 (photograph by Herbert Lambert)

By Herbert Lambert (1881–1936) - National Portrait Gallery - Portrait NPG Ax7745; Gustav Theodore Holst, Public Domain,

May 31, 2019 - Prairie Performances

The Planets

Enjoy this musical observation of the solar eclipse.

Portrait of a man from 1889

By C. Brasch, Berlin -, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

May 24, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Bold and Beautiful

The Illinois Symphony invites you to bask in brilliance of Beethoven, Barber and Brahms.

Munich Hall of Fame: Composer Carl Orff (installed in 2009)

By Rufus46 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

May 17, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Carmina Burana

Enjoy this performance of Carl Orff’s scenic cantata.

A man posing with a violin

Photo courtesy

May 10, 2019 - Prairie Performances

The Triumph of Music

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony plays Sibelius and Shostakovich.

Violin scroll

Wikimedia Commons

May 03, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Fiery Fiddlin’

Fiddles and violins abound in this program from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. 

Gustav Mahler

By E. Bieber - Kohut, Adolph (1900) "Gustav Mahler", Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

April 26, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Mahler and Strauss

Join the Champaign-Urbana Symphony in this program of the late Romantic music of Mahler and Strauss.

man standing at a piano

April 19, 2019 - Prairie Performances

Saint Matthew Passion

The performance features Sinfonia da Camera, the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, the University of Illinois Chorale, and the UI Oratorio Society.

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These programs are partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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