São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
All Together Partner Concert: December 12–15, 2019
The São Paulo concerts—marking Ms. Alsop’s last as Chief Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and launching her role as Conductor of Honor—will feature traditional and contemporary music performed between the movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a new text of ”Ode to Joy” into Brazilian Portuguese adapted by Arthur Nestrovski. The performances explore the legacy of slavery in Brazil from the 19th century to the present, drawing a parallel between the time period during which Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony and the current affairs of Brazil in that same era.
Joining OSESP on stage at Sala São Paulo for the four concerts are members of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Choir, OSESP Academic Choir, and The São Paulo State Youth Choir. The first concert on Thursday, December 12 will be streamed live as part of a “Digital Concert Hall” broadcast available on OSESP’s website and social media channels, as well as Carnegie Hall’s Facebook page. Before that event, approximately 400 adult amateur singers perform the last movement in the new Brazilian translation during an open reading on December 8.
In preparation for the December concerts, more than 22,000 students across São Paulo have been engaging with ”Ode to Joy” through OSESP’s school programs and learning about Beethoven’s life and music, as well as the events of Brazil’s history during his lifetime.