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South America Tour with Kent Nagano

Visiting Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay

From 22nd September to 7th October 2016, the Philharmonic State Orchestra and Kent Nagano toured through South America, generously enabled by the Klaus-Michael Kühne Stiftung. The Hamburgers toured through five different Latin-American countries, which welcomed them full of joy, playing four different programs. Joining them were guest soloists, French cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Japanese mezzo-sopranist Mihoko Fujimura. Apart from that, the orchestra collaborated with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra as well as local choirs for a charity concert. Later on in the tour, they met up with members of the Hamburg State Opera to bring Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" to the stage, for the first time in Colombian opera history.

22nd September 2016: First stop: Montevideo (Uruguay)
Beautiful Theatre. On the program: Strauss' "Don Quixote" and Brahms' 1st Symphony. Audience and the press are thrilled. El País Montevideo writes: "Gala quijotesca excelente y pasional" (Excellent and passionate "Quixotesque" gala).

Teatro Solis
Teatro Solis in Montevideo (Uruguay)

Brahms' 1st Symphony also excites the audience: "pasará mucho tiempo para que el público vuelva a escuchar una interpretación así." ("It will take a long time, until this audience will experience such an interpretation again.") El País Montevideo

And the title of La Revista Sinfónica reads: "Orquesta legendaria, gran director" ("Legendary orchestra, great conductor"). From Uruguay we move on to Chile.

24th September 2016: 2nd stop with the same program is the new Centro de las Artes. Radiobeethoven quotes: "el concierto de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Hamburgo probablemente quedará como el más importante del año" ("most important concert of the year"). And El Mercurio experiences "calidad superlativa de todas las familias orquestales" ("Superlatives in all orchestra groups").

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The Centro de las Artes in Santiago de Chile

From Chile we move on to Brasil, where the orchestra stayed for three days. Besides two concerts - after the Strauss-Brahms program the second concert program followed, including Wagner's prelude to Tristan and Isolde, the Wesendonck Songs and Bruckner's 6th Symphony -, a number of musicians were invited to the Instituto Baccarelli to teach master classes.

26th/27th September 2016: 3rd stop: São Paulo. Fohla de São Paulo praises the "personification of sound" ("Personificação sonora é a força de orquestra alemã"). And the Hamburgers too - in full anticipation of the Elbphilharmonie - are truly thrilled over the acoustic of the Sala São Paulo.

Sala São Paulo
Sala São Paulo (Photo: Éric Brochu)

In the morning of the second concert day in São Paulo the musicians gave master classes at the Instituo Baccarelli. 

The institution is located in one of the bigges favelas of the Brasilian metropolis.

Instituto Baccarelli
Instituto Baccarelli (Photo: Éric Brochu)

From Brasil, the orchestra flew to Argentina, where they also played both concert programs. It was the first time the Philharmonic State Orchestra played at the legendary Teatro Colón in nearly 30 years. (The last time the orchestra played at the famous theatre and concert hall was in 1983).

29th/30th September 2016: 4th stop: Bueno Aires. Great success at Teatro Colón: locals say the applause was rarely this massive and long lasting. La Nacion titles: "El sonido y la furia de Hamburgo" ("Sound and Temperament from Hamburg"). Ámbito experiences "la magia de una gran orquesta" ("The Magic of a Great Orchestra").

Foto: Liliana Morsia
Teatro Colón (Photo: Liliana Morsia)

From Buenos Aires we move 5.000 kilometres north to Bogotá, Colombia. Here at this last stop, the Philharmonics met their colleagues from the Hamburg State Opera; Ruth Berghaus' Hamburg production of "Tristan and Isolde" was being shown at Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá. Apart from that, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg collaborated with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra for a charity concert as part of the "Cien Mil Niños Al Mayor" (Onethausand children in the Teatro Mayor) project, enabling socially disadvantaged children to interact with music and art.

2nd-7th Oktober 2016: 5th stop: Bogotá. About 150 years after it was first staged, "Tristan and Isolde" is performed in Colombia for the first time.
El Nuevo siglo: "Música fluía del foso como lava de volcán" ("The music flowed out of the pit like lava from a volcano").
Semana: "Un estreno que hace historia" (A premiere making history).

Photo: Juan Diego Castillo Ramírez
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo

On Oktober 6th 2016 the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg collaborates with the Philharmonic Orchestra Bogotá for the monumental "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff as a charity concert for the project: "Cien Mil Niños Al Mayor" (Onethousand children in the Teatro Mayor). Standing ovations!

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Rehearsal for Carmina Burana

The tour was realized with the friendly assistance of