15-date tour in October 2013 includes Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Salle Pleyel, London Royal Festival Hall & Vienna Konzerthaus

The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, announces its most extensive European tour to date. Chief Conductor Marin Alsop brings the flagship orchestra of Brazil to Europe in October 2013 for a 15-date tour taking in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus, plus three dates at the Salzburg Festival.

The far-reaching tour is another exciting chapter for the Orchestra, which made history in 2012 when it became the first Brazilian orchestra to perform at the BBC Proms. As Brazil’s cultural beacon, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra represents its country across Europe in advance of it being the next host nation of the World Cup and the Olympic Games, when all eyes will be focused on Brazil.

“With [Alsop] at the helm, this orchestra is a force to be reckoned with.” (Daily Telegraph, August 2012).

Opening the tour at Paris’s Salle Pleyel on 7 October - in the orchestra’s first appearance at the venue – is the European premiere of a specially-commissioned work by Brazilian composer Clarice Assad. Soloists for the tour include Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire and the Swingle Singers with programmes featuring works by Mahler, Prokofiev and Chopin, as well as Bernstein, Guarnieri and Berio, whose Sinfonia the Swingle Singers premiered in 1969. For the tour’s penultimate date on 26 October, the orchestra becomes the first South American orchestra to perform at Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

The European tour coincides with the album release of Prokofiev’s Symphony No.4 across Europe, which continues the Orchestra and Marin Alsop’s major recording deal with Naxos.

As the cultural ambassador for Brazil, there is no other orchestra in the world encompassing such scope and variety of work to these high artistic standards. As well as international tours, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s work includes wide-reaching education projects, ground-breaking recordings, a publishing house and the full management of the Campos Winter Music Festival. The latter powerfully changes the lives of its participating students, with the Orchestra offering fellowships, assistantships and exchange programme awards.

Marin Alsop comments, “After such a warm reception last year, when we became the first Brazilian orchestra to perform at the BBC Proms, we are thrilled to return to play for our European audiences as part of our most extensive tour to date. In anticipation of Brazil hosting the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, we will be flying the flag for all of Brazil with 15 concerts across Europe. The musicians and I are hugely excited.”

Alsop’s five-year tenure as Chief Conductor began in March 2012 with a series of concerts in the Orchestra’s magnificent home, the Sala São Paulo, to international critical acclaim: “The Shostakovich had a maverick quality.”[The Times] During her time as Chief Conductor, Alsop is working closely with the Orchestra in all facets of its output, from performance, programming and recording, to education and outreach work.

Founded in 1954, the São Paolo Symphony Orchestra is the largest and most esteemed professional orchestra in South America, regarded as a pinnacle of excellence in the continent’s cultural landscape. A flagship institution of Brazil’s most populous and economically important city – and the largest metropolis in the southern hemisphere – the Orchestra plays over 90 concerts each season in its 1500-seat hall, the Sala São Paulo, situated in a former railway station re-opened as a cultural centre in 1999.

 

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