● Debut performances in capital cities of Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, 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 Bogota, Medellin, Lima, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago. The LSO will perform Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No 5, Berlioz 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. It is a real thrill to be making this visit to South America, it seems inconceivable that in its 115 year history that 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 44 cities in 18 countries: Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the US and Vietnam.


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