The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) and Music Director Marin Alsop have launched their 2017 season. The theme “A Greater World” emphasises the idea of looking within music to explore another bigger, and better world especially as a counterbalance to the current crises and conflicts going on in our world today. Artistic Director Arthur Nestrovski says: “After all, perhaps this bigger and better world does not exist outside music itself; but perhaps there is no more noble purpose for music than to remain just as it is, a refuge of humanity and hope, in the face of all that conspires to turn the world into a lesser place. Whether implicitly or explicitly, music always takes on the role of resistance, within every concert, day after day, year after year.”
With 32 signature programmes, this new season will include 30 concerts conducted by Marin Alsop. During the season Marin will lead a special cycle focussed on the theme of the “hero”, opening with Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, featuring an all-Brazilian cast, and closing with Mahler’s wonderful and final Ninth Symphony. Programs also feature Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem, R. Strauss’ A Hero’s Life and Debussy’s Berceuse héroïque.
In between there will be concerts, some showcasing the talent of OSESP’s own musicians, as guest soloists; Peter Pas perfoms Hindemith’s Trauermusik; concertmaster Emmanuele Baldini will perform Paganini’s virtuosic Capriccio and Principle Clarinettist Sergio Burgani performs Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto. Marin will also conduct a program with OSESP’s Principal Cellist Ilia Laporev in three meditations from Bernstein’s Mass.
Other highlights include performances by Nathalie Stutzmann, Associate Artist for the second year running, performing as a soloist and conductor; the German violinist Isabelle Faust, this Season’s Artist in Residence, who in addition to two concerts with the Orchestra (Brahms and Szymanowski), will also play the complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Beethoven and Bach’s entire Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. The Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses, who is commemorating 60 years with the Orchestra, will play Dvorák’s Cello Concerto and J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites in their entirety. Furthermore, the Season will feature two Visiting Composers: the South Korean Unsuk Chin and Krzyzstof Penderecki from Poland (also performing as conductor).
Four premières of specially commissioned works will take place during the year, written by the composers André Mehmari (of which Marin will conduct), Paulo Zuben, Edino Krieger and Celso Loureiro Chaves (the latter for the project SP-LX New Music, a partnership between the São Paulo Symphony Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon).
A new series – Osesp 60 – begins this Season, featuring 60-minute programmes, without an interval, followed by conversations between soloists, conductors and the audience.
OSESP’s recording projects will continue, including the symphonies of Prokofiev conducted by Marin Alsop on the Naxos label, as well as new releases on the Osesp Digital Label (accessed and downloaded free of charge).
To see the full 2017 season click here.