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Arts feature

A world-class orchestra in the heart of São Paulo’s Crackland

<em>Damian Thompson</em> visits Brazil to hear Marin Alsop whip São Paulo’s orchestra into shape

7 September 2013

9:00 AM

7 September 2013

9:00 AM

São Paulo has a concert hall that London’s orchestras would kill for. It was originally a railway station, a mighty space bounded by Corinthian pilasters in the style of a French palace, built by Brazilian coffee barons. Now the tracks are buried beneath 800 seats on the main floor, plus another 700 on the balconies and mid-air boxes facing the stage.

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