&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
5th May 2016
Marin and OSESP bring a touch of Brazil to Europe this Summer

In a month where all eyes will be on Brazil as it hosts the Olympic Games, Marin brings her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) to Europe this Summer to show international audiences it’s not just sport Brazil does well. They will perform at some of the world’s most prestigious summer festivals:  Edinburgh (August 22), BBC Proms (August 24) and Lucerne (August 26).

Latin American music is at the heart of these concerts, featuring music by Villa-Lobos, a premiere by Brazilian composer Marlos Nobre and Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero.

Opening the tour at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on August 22 – which marks the orchestra’s first appearance in Scotland – is a programme featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Villa-Lobos’ Choros No 10 and Shostakovich Symphony No 5.

Two concerts at the BBC Proms (August 24) include the UK premiere of Brazilian composer Marlos Nobre’s Kabbalah, Villa-Lobos’ Prelude to Bachianas Brasileiras No 4, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Grieg Piano Concerto with fellow South American soloist Gabriela Montero. The second, a Late Night Prom, sees the orchestra’s conductor and string players join members of the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a landmark celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years.

The orchestra performs in Lucerne for the first time on August 26, repeating the programme from the BBC Proms.

The concerts across Europe coincide with the album release of Prokofiev’s Symphony No 6, which continues the Orchestra and Marin’s major recording deal with Naxos.

Marin says: As the world focuses on Brazil this summer, I cannot wait to show off some of South America’s finest performers.  Accepting these invitations at what can only be described as the world’s most prestigious music festivals is a great honour.”

Having made history in 2012 when it became the first Brazilian orchestra to perform at the BBC Proms, OSESP has rapidly gained international attention and now accepts invitations from leading music festivals to represent its country across Europe.

The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra International Tour is sponsored by BM&FBOVESPA – the Brazilian Securities, Commodities and Futures Exchange.