&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
17th June 2013
Marin Alsop and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra return to Europe for most extensive tour to date

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In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour. The Orchestra’s most extensive European tour to date takes in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus, plus three dates at the Salzburg Festival.

This far-reaching tour is another exciting chapter for Marin and the Orchestra, having made history in 2012 when they 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.

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.”

Marin and the Orchestra have crafted varied programs for the tour, featuring the European premiere of a specially-commissioned work by Brazilian composer Clarice Assad. Soloists will include Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire and the Swingle Singers with works by Mahler, Prokofiev and Chopin as well as Bernstein, Guarnieri and Berio.

The European tour coincides with the second CD release in their complete Prokofiev cycle of Symphony No.4 , which continues the Orchestra and Marin Alsop’s major recording relationship with Naxos Records. The first release, Symphony No.5 and The Year 1941 received rave reviews. BBC Music Magazine awarded the disc five stars, writing: “this first volume of Prokofiev is an outstanding achievement”, with The Daily Telegraph calling the performance of the Symphony “one of considerable power”.

Marin took up the post of Chief Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2012 season, steering the orchestra in its artistic and creative programming, recording ventures and becoming integrally involved in the orchestra’s education and outreach activities, including the three week Campos do Jordao Winter Music Festival.

For a full list of all European tour dates please visit the schedule page.