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WASO’s Music for the Ages

Classical music has long been recognised for its ability to heal and soothe. Australia’s symphony orchestras have regularly engaged in programs that support the elderly and unwell in their communities.

In 2018 WASO introduced a new program – Music for the Ages – to its Community Outreach portfolio. This program provides engaging performances across the Aged Care and Healthcare sectors, and encourages a lifelong journey with WASO’s music and musicians. WASO launched this program as part of the Amana Living Arts Festival and delivered chamber music performances across three Amana Living villages throughout February and March.

Studies highlight the ongoing benefit and enjoyment that engagement with the arts can have on a participant’s health and social wellbeing. Partnering with Amana Living has enabled WASO to reach new audiences who cannot access traditional classical music performances. Audiences enjoyed the selection of classical pieces, well-known tunes as well as arrangements of opera arias and popular songs. Many joined the WASO musicians in song, and appreciated the opportunity to meet and talk to the musicians in a homely setting.