Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1975, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra is a community music organization that provides a welcoming environment for players and audiences through outstanding concerts, events and social action. Our over 80 musicians and audiences hail from Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville, and numerous surrounding communities.

Our season includes three masterworks concerts, an annual Family concert and a free outdoor Pops concert.

The full orchestra also performs free outreach concerts for audiences with limited access to live orchestral music including the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown  and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale. Chamber music performed by members of the orchestra is presented in free public concerts at non-traditional venues and in outreach concerts for audiences with limited access to live music.

Community Outreach

Reaching out to the community is central to our mission at the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.  To that end, each year we present several free concerts and donate tickets to several Cambridge social services organizations.

The full orchestra will perform a free Pops on the Lawn concert for the public, and private concerts for the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, and the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale.

The Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players will perform chamber music in free public concerts at the Cambridge Public Library, and private concerts at Cadbury Commons and Youville House assisted living residences.

Last but not least, each year the CSO selects another Cambridge-based charity to feature at one of our concerts.  The selected charity benefits from our donation of a portion of our ticket proceeds, from direct donations by audience, and from heightened visibility for their organization.

Our spotlight partner for the 2012-2013 season was Target Cancer. Past spotlight partners include the Disabled American Veterans (May 2012), Root Capital (March 2011), YWCA Shelter for Homeless Families (December 2009), Physicians For Human Rights (March 2009), Cambridge Cares about AIDS (March 2008) and Musicians’ Village, a Habitat for Humanity Katrina Relief project (March 2007), as previous organizations who the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra has partnered with in order to create continued awareness.  We also encourage the audience to bring food donations to our concerts to benefit the food pantry at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Porter Square.

The CSO is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


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