On tour: London Symphony Orchestra debuts in South America



Under Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra will make debuts in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, on the orchestra’s first ever tour to South America.

Beginning on Saturday 11 May, the orchestra performs a total of nine concerts, in Bogotá, Medellín, Lima, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago, with repertoire including Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, and extracts from Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances.

Commenting on plans for the South American tour, Sir Simon said:

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“Sharing the culture and experience of these outstanding musicians with audiences in South America for the first time is exciting, opening up new relationships for the future. The orchestra already undertakes more international touring than any other major UK orchestra. I passionately believe that these opportunities for international engagement are important both for the orchestra and for London, as one of the world’s great centres for music.”

Askonas Holt has arranged many tours for the LSO in Europe and Asia, and is thrilled to bring the orchestra to South America for the first time. Recent collaborations have included expanding the orchestra’s global reach through debut performances in both Kuwait and Thailand, as well as Sir Simon and the orchestra’s first joint performances in Japan and South Korea.

Before embarking on this landmark tour, Sir Simon and the LSO perform several concerts at home in London: Stravinsky, Birtwistle and Adams on Wednesday 1 May; celebrating 150 years of Hector Berlioz on Sunday 5 May; and Mahler Symphony No. 5 on Wednesday 8 May. They will also perform at the Gasteig in Munich on Thursday 2 May. Sir Simon then returns in June, to conduct a new semi-staged production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Peter Sellars and with Lucy Crowe in the title role.

View full tour information here.

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