Music is a magical thing. It makes us laugh, makes us cry, evokes memories from long ago, and expresses that which cannot be defined with words alone. It is for these reasons, and many more, that the love of music is inherent in humanity.
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a vibrant presence in the local community, generating impact beyond the concert hall. The CSO delivers a growing suite of innovative programs that demonstrate the value of the arts in every facet of daily life, from education to community engagement, health and wellbeing.
These include Rediscovering Music, a leading initiative for people who have experienced hearing loss, Music and Memory, a pilot program for people living with dementia, and ensemble performances in hospitals, specialist schools and other contexts.
In 2019, CSO Community Programs reached over 4,000 people, across over 50 performances and events. CSO Community Programs are delivered free to participants with the generous support of partners and donors.
CSO Community Programs are supported by the ACT Government.