&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
6th March 2015
A great start to OSESP’s 2015 season!

Last weekend Marin and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) opened their 2015 season at Sala São Paulo. Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony was paired with Christopher Rouse’s piece “Rapture”. Having been Music Director of OSESP since 2012, Marin’s work to make her Brazilian forces a world class orchestra is paying off, as testified by the recent review in Folha de São Paulo:

“(…) The Finale showed us that today’s OSESP is ‘Marin Alsop’s OSESP’. More than mutual respect, after three entire seasons, the complicity between Marin Alsop and the musicians is evident. Results achieved by engagement and hard work.”

“o finale mostrou que a Osesp é hoje “a Osesp de Marin Alsop”. Mais do que respeito mútuo, após três temporadas completas há cumplicidade entre ela e os músicos. Engajamento conquistado com trabalho.”

Read the full review here.

Marin and OSESP continue their 2015 season this weekend with works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Mozart and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, a piece by Joan Tower conducted by an Italian women conductor Valentina Peleggi.

Talking about the 2015 season, Marin says:

“Our 2015 season is off to a great start! The orchestra is at a new level; working hard and playing their hearts out. We played sold out concerts to our wonderfully warm and enthusiastic audiences and I so enjoyed the fact that everyone loved hearing the opening piece by Chris Rouse.  Bringing new music to receptive musicians and listeners is an incredibly rewarding experience and following it with Mahler 5 made the week very special for me.

Our second concert features Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony and works by Prokofiev and Mozart. Since this week ends with International Women’s Day on March 8th, we decided to celebrate women’s contributions and added a short piece by Joan Tower that will be conducted by a very gifted Italian woman named Valentina Peleggi.

While the ratio of men to women in the São Paulo Symphony isn’t exemplary, we do have some exceptional women in leading roles, notably as timpanist, a role rarely held by a woman in a major orchestra. She has been in this position for 40 years! That and a woman president here give me hope!”

“Começamos nossa temporada 2015 com o pé direito! A Orquestra conquistou um notável nível de excelência com muito trabalho, muita garra e tocando com a famosa ‘Alma brasileira’. Todas as noites temos a casa lotada com a nossa maravilhosa platéia, sempre calorosa e entusiasmada. Foi maravilhoso ver que todos amaram ouvir a peça de abertura de Chris Rouse. Foi uma experiência muito gratificante trazer uma obra contemporânea e ver que ela foi muito bem recebida por músicos e público e fechamos este programa com chave de ouro, tocando a Quinta Sinfonia de Mahler.  Foi realmente uma semana muito especial para mim. 

Já estamos trabalhando no nosso segundo programa da temporada que traz a Sinfonia Patética de Tchaikovsky, mais obras de Prokofiev e Mozart. Uma vez que estamos na semana do “Dia Internacional da Mulher”, dia 8 de Março, decidimos celebrar a data incluindo uma obra de Joan Tower que será regida pela talentosa regente Italiana Valentina Peleggi.

Apesar de a quantidade de mulheres na OSESP ainda ser pequena em comparação aos homens, temos mulheres excepcionais em posições de liderança por aqui, como é o caso da nossa timpanista, um cargo raramente ocupado por mulheres, o qual ela ocupa há mais de 40 anos.  O fato termos aqui uma Presidente mulher, também me deixa esperançosa.” 

Credit: Rodrigo Rosenthal

Credit: Rodrigo Rosenthal