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Long recognised as South America’s leading symphony orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra will make history next month when it becomes the first South American orchestra to tour China

Long recognized as South America’s leading symphony orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra will make history next month when it becomes the first South American orchestra to tour China.

The Orchestra will visit Shanghai, Jinan, Beijing and Hong Kong presenting two different musical programmes of Brazilian, Russian and European works, all under the baton of its Music Director Marin Alsop who also makes her Chinese debut with this tour.

From its home in one of the world’s most beautiful concert halls, the Sala di São Paulo, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra have consistently toured Europe and North America, made award-winning recordings and live-streamed many of their concerts to viewers around the world. With this tour of China, the Orchestra extends its reach further than ever and showcases the best of Brazilian culture.

Education and outreach have long been central to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Marin Alsop and this tour includes a joint rehearsal with local music students and a chamber concert.

Marcelo Lopes, Executive Director of the Orchestra said:
“Everyone at the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is thrilled at the prospect of touring China. This is an incredible opportunity for us to not only showcase the great musicianship of our players under Marin Alsop but also to bring Brazilian music to audiences that may be unfamiliar with the riches of Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri. I particularly wish to thank our master sponsor, CBMM (Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração), for their support in making our dream a reality.”

Marin Alsop said:
“I’m excited by the huge interest in classical music in China and can’t wait to bring the wonderful São Paulo Symphony to these enthusiastic audiences and to work with the students in Hong Kong. It’s been a dream of mine to visit China and I’m looking forward to experiencing these four great cities.”

CBMM, the Master Sponsor of the tour said:
“CBMM understands that the promotion of education, art and culture is a transformative force for the society, and therefore, as part of its mission, support initiatives of this nature. For CBMM, 2019 marks forty years of our collaboration for the development of the steel industry, through niobium technology, with our partners in China. The support for OSESP’s first China tour symbolizes part of the celebration of this milestone by promoting an icon of the musical art Made in Brazil.”

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is internationally renowned for its musical excellence and as a major force in the cultural life of both the state of São Paulo and Brazil as a whole, promoting deep cultural and social changes.

The Sala São Paulo was opened in 1999 and, in the following years, Symphonic, Chamber, Youth and Children’s Choirs were created, along with the Centre for Musical Documentation, the Educational Programs, the Creators from Brazil publishing office and the Music Academy.

The creation of Osesp Foundation, in 2005, represents a milestone in the orchestra’s history. With former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso heading up the Administration Council, the Foundation puts into practice new management standards that have become benchmarks in the Brazilian cultural environment.

Appointed in 2011, Marin Alsop has toured with the Orchestra to London’s BBC Proms and Royal Festival Hall; the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals, as well as many other leading international venues such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie Hall and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Recordings include the complete Prokofiev symphonies for Naxos.

The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Sala São Paulo are institutions created and mainly supported by the Government of the São Paulo State.

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

14 - 22 February

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