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.
I had expected to learn more on hearing impaired people’s ability to improve their impairment; but instead it delivered music to them. (It) was accomplished wonderfully. Utterly superb; great interaction. A rare treat.
Rediscovering Music is a unique program devised and presented by the CSO that offers especially engineered, interactive chamber music concerts for people with hearing loss, and who usually use hearing aids or implants. Music can sound quite different through these devices and people often need some rehabilitation to start to enjoy music again.
Rediscovering Music engages participants with a small number of related instruments in a mini-concert. Listening skills are practised with the use of familiar music, enabling listeners to really appreciate the instruments and the music. The program is curated by a qualified audiologist to ensure that each concert is tailored to the specific needs of the audience and that the program delivers maximum benefits to all participants. CSO is honoured to be able to assist audiences with hearing loss connect to the music that so many of us take for granted.
Painting with Parkinson’s
When the musicians are present I notice how painters are able to lose themselves— the rhythm guides their movement with the paintbrush across the paper—colours are vibrant.
Painting with Parkinson’s is recognised internationally as one of the most effective art therapy programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. It pairs musicians with painters in the serene settings of the National Botanic Gardens, and together they have formed a cohesive and powerful body of artwork. Painting with Parkinson’s has become a profoundly rewarding relationship between artists and musicians resulting in a positive impact on many people living with the disease. It has allowed participants to express themselves through art, in some cases for the first time. CSO musicians collaborate with Painting with Parkinson’s artists at regular sessions once a month
The HeartStrings initiative creates opportunities for members of the community experiencing financial hardship, social isolation or other challenges to enjoy live orchestral music.
With the generous support of the ACT Government, partners and supporters, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra donates tickets to community organisations and charities to provide to individuals and families in need.
We welcome donations to the HeartStrings initiative.
For more information about HeartStrings, contact the CSO:
02 6247 9191 / email@example.com