Review from The Guardian
Wednesday 15 August at 19.30
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
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I don’t know – you wait for women conductors to be featured at the Proms and two come along at once! Hot on the heels of Susanna Mälkki’s Prom on Monday now we celebrate Marin Alsop who was recently appointed Chief Conductor to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and another woman composer! You can still hear a broadcast of Woman’s Hour which deals exactly with these points.
Music from both American hemispheres features in this Prom. First the masterpiece through which the Bohemian Dvořák, resident in New York, sought to establish an American musical identity, a symphony exuding nostalgia for his own native woods and fields.
Later comes Copland’s iconic Fanfare and highlights from Ginastera’s best-known score. Joan Tower, whose childhood was spent partly in Bolivia, celebrates ‘women who take risks and are adventurous’, while distinguished Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire returns to the Proms to play one of Villa-Lobos’s most attractive compositions.
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19.30 – Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’
20.10 – INTERVAL Marin Alsop and Cathy Graham of the British Council discuss the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and its place in Brazilian musical life.
20.30 – Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Villa-Lobos – Momoprécoce
Ginastera – Estancia – suite
This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 30 August at 14.00
Founded in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is the leading and largest orchestra in Latin America with 115 musicians and 52 singers. The orchestra performs over 100 concerts every season at its home, the Sala São Paulo, a restored train station, inaugurated in 1999 as a 1500-seat concert hall, and tours throughout Brazil and abroad. It also runs a publishing house dedicated to the works of Brazilian composers, and a composer in residence program, the most recent incumbent of which is Magnus Lindberg. The orchestra is dedicated to musical education – their outreach programmes were attended by 87,000 children and teenagers last year alone.
The other women conductors featured at the Proms are: