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2020 Message from the Chair and Chief Executive Officer

This season, the CSO celebrates its 70th anniversary — so many years of growth, development, and performances for our community, which reaches across and beyond the borders of the ACT. We are passionate about creating exceptional, world class experiences for all, as we continue to expand our community programs and bravely embark on new ventures to ensure the orchestra’s sustainability into the future. We’re making the CSO just as relevant to the community today as it was in 1950.

Welcome to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 season

It is with incredible gratitude and affection that we recognise Maestro Nicholas Milton for his contribution to the CSO over the last 14 years. Nick has led the orchestra through successful mainstage concerts and creative programming that has seen the CSO go from strength to strength. His shared vision to develop a place for Australian music and emerging artists to reside means the CSO is proudly now a leader in this field. This will have an enduring effect for all Australians, now and into the future.

This 2020 subscription season would not be possible without the support we receive from government through artsACT and the Australia Council, and from our wonderful corporate partners and valued donors. As we gratefully continue some very long-term and meaningful partnerships, this year we also welcome exciting new partnerships to the CSO family. This demonstrates the CSO’s commitment to crafting individual and relevant experiences for the organisations who invest with us.

These generous contributions are meaningful, not only from a financial perspective, but also in a way that is bigger than all of that. Our supporters understand the CSO is uniquely placed, as the largest performing arts organisation in the region, to make a significant difference through the vital contribution our orchestra makes to the social and cultural fabric of our community. Together, we believe exceptional quality music should be available to everyone.

Behind the scenes, the CSO’s small but mighty administrative team, the CSO Board and our talented CSO musicians contribute so much. They are amazing, passionate and invested in their ambition to bring all Canberrans inspiring and memorable experiences. We hope you enjoy your time with us in 2020.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Rachel Thomas
Chief Executive Officer

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