View of São Paulo with the Martinelli Building in black and white
No “Tristes Tropiques”: View of São Paulo with the Martinelli Building, for a long time the tallest building in South America, in the 1950s. | Picture: ClassicStock / Alamy Stock Foto

Concert information

Musikfest Berlin



In the opening concert the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Thierry Fischer demonstrates the broad range of art music from the many “Americas”: Charles Ives evokes New York’s Central Park, while Heitor Villa-Lobos explores the sound worlds of South American rhythms. The Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s Violin Concerto is given a spectacular rendition by Hilary Hahn. And in Edgard Varèse’s “Amériques”, the utopia of endless space finds spectacular sonic form.


São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Thierry Fischer conductor
Hilary Hahn violin


Charles Ives
Central Park in the Dark

Alberto Ginastera
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 30

Hilary Hahn violin

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Uirapurú, Symphonic Poem for Orchestra

Edgard Varèse
Amériques (1st Version from 1918−1922, revised 1997)

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