First published 18 May 2023
Arcangelo will appear at leading venues across South America this August in a seven city tour of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Colombia with soloist Avi Avital.
The tour is the first of South America by a UK-based orchestra since the pandemic, and the biggest tour in Arcangelo’s history to date.
The tour will open at the renowned Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires on 7 August and proceed to Rosario (8 August; Teatro El Círculo), Montevideo (10 August, Auditiorio del Sodre), Rio de Janeiro (12 August, Theatro Municipal), São Paulo (14 August, Sala São Paulo) and Lima (16 August, Auditorio Santa Ursula), concluding at the Teatro Colsubsidio in Bogotá on 18 August.
Arcangelo’s ensemble for the tour will comprise seven UK-based and three EU-based instrumentalists, including the three current members of Arcangelo’s New Ensemblists programme. The main tour programme showcases works and arrangements for mandolin by Bach and Vivaldi; a standalone orchestra programme will see Arcangelo presenting an unusually broad sweep of chamber strings repertoire from Mozart to Elgar. All performances will be led by Arcangelo founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen.
Arcangelo General Manager Julian Forbes said:
“This tour is a hugely exciting prospect for Arcangelo. South America’s exceptionally rich classical music culture ordinarily lies beyond our reach and experience. We couldn’t hope to be visiting with a better collaborator than Avi, a player at the height of his powers and a perfect match for Arcangelo’s chamber ethos. It’s also a hugely rewarding outcome for four years of business planning, with Brexit and a pandemic along the way, with our friends at Sulivan Sweetland Artist Management and Martin Ochs Konzert- und Tourneemanagement. We are grateful to them for their enterprise and assistance, and look forward to more projects together in future seasons.”
Plans for the tour began following initial discussions at the 2019 Association of British Orchestras Conference in Belfast.
ABO Chief Executive Judith Webster said:
“We are delighted to see that the ABO has again played an active part in facilitating this rich international partnership. Through its annual conference and active networking initiatives we support collaborations which take UK musicians all over the world, enhancing the UK’s standing on the world stage.”
Details of Arcangelo’s South America tour concerts are available on the ‘What’s On’ page of our website.