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Message from the Chair – Season Highlights

In 2019 we bring you rich stories through a year of music that ranges from the Bee Gees to Bach, with a full menu of experiences for you to choose from. We are proud of the contributions CSO musicians make to the cultural ecosystem of Canberra.

Welcome to your CSO in 2019—a season of storytelling through music.

“Every piece, every musician, every instrument has a story that brings the heart and soul to performances. As a music lover, you bring your own story into this mix, and together, we write a new story that tells us where we’ve come from and where we’d like to be.

Do you want to be the first in the world to hear a brand new work performed? The CSO Australian Series at the National Portrait Gallery is for you.

Are you keen to get up close and personal with world-class soloists and their music? You won’t want to miss the Sunday afternoon Recital Series.

Another daytime favourite, the Canberra Weekly Classic Afternoon concert will be a Viennese salon event in 2019, and the ever-popular Shell Prom will focus on your favourites from the world of musical theatre.

And if you enjoy the full, rich, exhilarating sound of a full orchestra bringing the classics to life, the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series delivers experiences.

So much music, so many stories and so many different ways to make them yours!

To create your own, have a look at what’s on offer in this brochure and on the CSO website. In 2019 it will be easier than ever to connect because CSO Direct will be handling all CSO ticketing.

Remember that buying a ticket to any two concerts in the season brings you the significant discounts and benefits enjoyed by CSO subscribers.

You can be especially proud that this is your CSO—a Canberra not-for-profit music organisation that is creating these unique experiences.

Established in 1950, the CSO has grown with the city and is now at the forefront of music activity in the region. As the professional orchestra of Canberra and the surrounding region, your CSO proudly showcases Australian conductors, musicians and composers, many of whom live and work among you.

CSO musicians are the hidden gems in our community. They weave CSO musical magic on the Llewellyn Hall stage and entice our senses on other CSO stages around the city and region. You may also know a CSO musician as your child’s instrumental music teacher, or you may have seen them performing with other music groups around town. We are proud, and you have a right to be proud, of the contributions these artists make to the cultural ecosystem of Canberra.

This cultural environment is a crucial element of Canberra’s liveability. The city and the surrounding region offer an amazing range of activities and opportunities that contribute to our quality of life. Music, and connecting through music, is one of the fundamentals of this story.

The CSO is working to enrich the quality and diversity of music in the life of our community and region. Our new Kingsland Resident Artists Program brings early career musicians to live and work in Canberra, gaining invaluable professional experience and a solid grounding for success in a career of music.

Over time, we believe the liveability of Canberra will entice some to remain after their residency concludes and make this city their home. And so our cultural ecosystem is nurtured and our lives, the lives of our children and grandchildren, will be enriched through ongoing connections with music.

Activities such as the Kingsland Resident Artists Program, our Music in MY Schools education program and many of the other accessible community activities the CSO delivers, are made possible through the generosity of our donors and the vision of our good-citizen corporate partners. The ACT Government, through artsACT, generously supports and advocates for the CSO on stage and in the community, and the Commonwealth Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, contributes essential core funding.

We thank everyone for weaving their stories with ours to create meaningful opportunities for music in Canberra and the surrounding region.

We thank all those members of our community who contribute so much to the CSO.

We look forward to continuing our close relationship with you in 2019. We are confident that you will enjoy another year of music that is both rich and diverse.”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d), Chair of the CSO.

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