&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
Musicomh.com
2nd October 2015
Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra announce 2016 season

Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra have announced their 2016 season “State of Listening”.

Spanning 32 weeks, the 2016 Season will feature ten programmes led by Marin, Music Director of OSESP, who will open and close the Season with Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies; four by the Associate Conductor Celso Antunes; two by the recently appointed Assistant Conductor and Marin’s Taki Concordia Fellow, Valentina Peleggi; and concerts led by 13 invited guest conductors. During the season Marin will also continue her work with students at the Campos do Jordão Festival.

Talking about the upcoming season, Marin says:

“I’m very excited about OSESP’s 2016 season.  The repertoire is thrilling, starting with the Latin American premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto with the amazing percussionist Colin Currie. Our second week features Verdi’s Requiem with our phenomenal chorus and a cast of international soloists. And it only gets better from there!”

Other highlights include British pianist and Artist in Residence Paul Lewis performing the entire cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos, conducted by Marin amongst other works throughout the season.

Contralto and conductor Nathalie Stutzmann will be the Associate Artist, working with OSESP during the 2016-18 seasons.

There will be five premieres of commissioned works by Brazilian composers – Maury Buchala, Roberto Sion, Rafael Amaral and Regina Porto, with Marin conducting the premiere of a new work by Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann.

The “Transversal Composer” for the season will be Béla Bartók with Marin conducting his Concerto for Orchestra. Other cycle series will include a focus on Schubert and those dedicated to the centenaries of Alberto Ginastera and Henri Dutilleux.

Marin will complete her cycle of Prokofiev symphonies on the Naxos label, performing and recording his Seventh Symphony. Marin and OSESP will also start a recording project of works by Bernstein, her musical mentor, as well as performing his Chichester Psalms, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – Suite for Orchestra and the Overture to Candide.

For the full 2016 Season overview click here.