Press release: South American tour, May 2019

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra tour to five countries in South America for the first time.

Debut performances in capital cities of Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.

The London Symphony Orchestra, under its Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle, will tour Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile in May 2019, the first time that the orchestra has performed in South America. Cities will include Bogotá, Medellín, Lima, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago. The LSO will perform Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No 5, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, and extracts from Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances.

Commenting on the plans for the South American tour, Sir Simon Rattle said: ‘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.’

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO added: ‘As one of the world’s most international orchestras, reaching new audiences is extremely important to the LSO so I’m delighted the Orchestra will play to new audiences in five different countries. The LSO is the world’s most recorded and listened to orchestra, and through LSO Live – our own recording label – many music lovers across South America will have heard the Orchestra’s music making before we even set out on tour. It is a real thrill to be making this visit to South America; it seems inconceivable that in its 115 year history the LSO has never played in this part of the world. I would like to thank our local concert promoters for helping us bring this about; they are instrumental to the success of a major tour on this scale.’

The London Symphony Orchestra is expanding its international touring in the coming years. During the 2018/19 season they will present 60 concerts internationally, visiting 50 cities in 23 countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, the US and Vietnam.

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For further information, please contact:

Christopher Millard, Head of Press & External Affairs
London Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
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D +44 20 7382 2550
M +44 20 7768 667 419

Listings information

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

COLOMBIA
Sat 11 May 2019, 20:00
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Bogotá
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem
MAHLER Symphony No 5
Concert presented by Teatro Mayor

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Sun 12 May 2019, 18:00
Teatro Metropolitano, Medellín
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem
MAHLER Symphony No 5
Concert presented by Teatro Metropolitano

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PERU

Tue 14 May 2018, 20:00
Gran Teatro Nacional del Peru, Lima
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem
MAHLER Symphony No 5
Concert presented by TQ Producciones

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ARGENTINA

Sat 18 May 2019, 20:00
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem
MAHLER Symphony No 5
Concert presented by Teatro Colón

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Sun 19 May 2019, 17:00
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op 72 (Nos 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7)
BERLIOZ Symphonic fantastique Op 14
Concert presented by Teatro Colón

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URUGUAY

Mon 20 May 2019, 20:00
Auditorio Nacional del Sodre Dra Adela Reta, Montevideo
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem
MAHLER Symphony No 5
Concert presented by Centro Cultural de Música

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CHILE

Wed 22 May 2019, 20:00
CorpArtes, Centro Cultural, Santiago de Chile
DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op 72 (Nos 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7)
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique Op 14
Concert presented by CorpArtes

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Thu 23 May 2019, 20:00
CorpArtes, Centro Cultural, Santiago de Chile
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem
MAHLER Symphony No 5
Concert presented by CorpArtes

Notes to Editors

About the London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra [LSO] was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos. As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and partnership. With an inimitable signature sound, the LSO’s mission is to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. The LSO has been the only Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in the City of London since it opened in 1982, giving 70 symphonic concerts there every year. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes some of the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, and Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate. Through LSO Discovery, it is a pioneer of music education, offering musical experiences to 60,000 people every year at its music education centre LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, across East London and further afield. The LSO strives to embrace new digital technologies in order to broaden its reach, and with the formation of its own record label LSO Live in 1999 it pioneered a revolution in recording live orchestral music. With a discography spanning many genres and including some of the most iconic recordings ever made the LSO is now the most recorded and listened to orchestra in the world, regularly reaching over 3,500,000 people worldwide each month on Spotify and beyond. The Orchestra continues to innovate through partnerships with market-leading tech companies, as well as initiatives such as LSO Play and a programme of livestreamed concerts made available for free via the LSO YouTube channel. The LSO is a highly successful creative enterprise, with 80% of all funding self-generated.