This month, while eyes around the globe remain fixed on Brazil for the final rounds of soccer’s World Cup, medici.tv will present a special free, exclusive live streaming event from São Paulo. One of today’s most compelling conductors will perform one of music’s most iconic works for the World Cup, as the Gramophone Award-winning Marin Alsop leads her Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo in Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony No. 9 live on medici.tv at 4:30 p.m. EST on July 6. One of the most popular scores in history, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony famously features in its last movement the “Ode to Joy,” which was chosen more than four decades ago as the European Union’s official anthem. Along with the São Paulo Symphony – Brazil’s major orchestra – the concert will feature two choirs: Coro Academico da OSESP and Coro da OSESP. The lineup of vocal soloists is an international one, befitting a World Cup event: American soprano Lauren Snouffer, Brazilian mezzo-soprano Denise de Freitas, English tenor John Mark Ainsley and Polish-Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot. Following the live webcast on July 9 – only on medici.tv – the Alsop/São Paulo performance of Beethoven’s Ninth will remain available for streaming free for 90 days before becoming part of the peerless and ever-growing medici.tv on-demand library.
Music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Alsop was named principal conductor of the São Paulo Symphony in 2012 and became its music director the following year. In 2011, she was the only woman representing classical music to appear in the “Top 100 Women” ranking of the British newspaper The Guardian. In addition to her appointments in Baltimore and São Paulo, she has served as music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (1993-2005) and as principal conductor of the UK’s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (2002-2008). Alsop was named Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year in 2003. Two years later, she became the only conductor ever to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, or the “Genius Grant.” And in 2013, she became the first woman to conduct the BBC’s “Last Night of the Proms” concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live around the world. The UK’s Daily Telegraph has said of Alsop: “She has shown herself to be a conductor who makes a difference.”
Alsop’s fully staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide with the New York Philharmonic was broadcast by PBS, nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005 and released on DVD via Image Entertainment. Her ever-growing discography includes a complete Brahms symphony cycle with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Naxos, as well as a long line of recordings in the label’s “American Classics” series and a version of Dvorák’s “New World” Symphony that was nominated for BBC Music magazine’s album of the year in 2008. She has also recorded for Sony Classical (John Corigliano’s chart-topping film score The Red Violin with Joshua Bell) and LPO Live (Jennifer Higdon’s Grammy Award-winning Percussion Concerto), among other labels. Her recordings with the São Paulo Symphony on Naxos include Prokofiev’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5.
Beethoven in Brazil
July 6, 2014, 4:30 p.m. EST
Sala São Paulo, Brazil
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Choral”
Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo; Marin Alsop, conductor
Coro Academico da OSESP; Coro da OSESP; Lauren Snouffer, soprano; Denise de Freitas, mezzo-soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Paulo Szot, baritone
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