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CSO 2020: Digital programming

Faced with concert cancellations due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the CSO will deliver a suite of digital content over the coming weeks and months. Programming will champion Australian artists and composers, profile CSO musicians and support ongoing collaboration and community connectedness.

“All of us in the CSO family are committed to making and sharing music in 2020,” said Dr Nicholas Milton AM, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. “Without minimising the gravity of these circumstances for the entire creative and performing arts sector, we are embracing the opportunity to try some new things.” Read full message

CSO 2020 Digital programming


Co-curated by Professor Matthew Hindson AM and Jessica Cottis, the Australian Miniseries will commission 14 short works by established and emerging Australian composers. Each work will be premiered online by a CSO musician.


With artistic guidance from Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM, the CSO will produce a series of short virtual orchestra projects, with parts recorded remotely and edited together. This series will feature two collaborations with the ANU School of Music, made possible with production expertise from School of Music technical staff Matt Barnes and Craig Greening. The first, Side by Side, Byte Size, takes the collaborative orchestra project of the CSO and the ANU School of Music online, ensuring continuation of professional development opportunities for emerging players. The second will invite submissions from members of the public for a participatory Virtual Orchestra: Community Special.


CSO musicians and others will curate an eclectic series of playlists, accompanied by interviews.


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