The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

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Julio Prestes Cultural Center

The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, located in an old train station, is noted for housing the famous Sala Sao Paulo, home of the Sao Paulo State Symphonic Orchestra. The venue features nearly 1,500 seats and is used for regular symphonic and chamber music performances. The site’s state-of-the-art design is often compared to that of the Boston Symphony Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein. The train station building was restored and renovated in the 1990s, as part of an important downtown revitalization project. The station’s large hall was chosen as the main performance space because like the finest 19th century concert halls, it resembles a shoebox, considered an optimal design for such venues. Check the center’s official website for an updated list of concerts and other special events. Plan to visit The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo during your Sao Paulo vacation using our convenient Sao Paulo trip planner.
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  • Any concert there is a real pleasurable experience. From a classical concert to a more popular one. The sound is amazing from any part of the auditorium where you sit.  more »
  • I simply love this place so must. For music concerts, TEDex, no matter, is always a great and special ocasion. I dream to get married in the foyer! Who knows some day.... ;-)  more »
  • Great experience if you really enjoy classical music, strings and vocals! I recommend going by cab or uber.  more »
  • Good acoustics and astonishing and exquisitely refurbished room. It's surroundings are not safe at all. Do not go alone, specially in the evening. Almost got mugged twice...
  • One of the best concert hall in the world. On January 12th, 2021, Sonia Rubinsky delivery a breathtaking rendition of the Beethoven's Sonata nº 4 in Eb Major, Op.7 and Schumann's Etudes in Variation Form on a Theme by Beethoven, WoO 31.
  • #Disappointed with the streets around the place. The interior area of ​​Sala São Paulo is beautiful and impressive! One of the best in the world! OSESP is also one of the best orchestras in the world! Unfortunately it contrasts with the surroundings on the streets of the region of Luz that are depressing, full of drug users, beggars, dirt and misery ... which makes us believe that Brazil is a country of the fifth world! Visiting Sala São Paulo brings at the same time the feeling of being proud and ashamed of being Brazilian. Unfortunately, the public authorities and the Brazilian courts left the Old Center of São Paulo to become an immense free Cracolandia for drug use, preventing the compulsory internment of addicts ... For foreign tourists who intend to visit the place I recommend a lot of care if they are walking through the streets and I say that I feel ashamed and disappointed as a Brazilian and as a Paulista for the fact that the center of my city is horrible, when it should be the city's postcard. It is an underutilized tourist potential abandoned to the subject and drugs, failing to generate thousands of jobs related to tourism. / A área interna da Sala São Paulo é linda e impressionante! Uma das melhores do mundo! A OSESP também é uma das melhores orquestras do mundo! Infelizmente contrasta com os arredores nas ruas da região da Luz que são deprimentes, cheias de usuários de drogas, mendigos, sujeira e miséria... o que nos faz crer que o Brasil é um país de quinto mundo! Visitar a Sala São Paulo traz ao mesmo tempo a sensação de ter orgulho e vergonha de ser brasileiro. Infelizmente o poder público e a Justiça brasileira deixaram o Centro Antigo de São Paulo virar uma imensa Cracolandia livre para o consumo de drogas, impedindo a internação compulsória dos viciados... Para os turistas estrangeiros que pretendem visitar o local eu recomendo muito cuidado se forem caminhar pelas ruas e digo que me sinto envergonhado e decepcionado como Brasileiro e como Paulista pelo fato do Centro da minha cidade se horrível, quando deveria ser o cartão postal da cidade. É um potencial turístico subutilziado abandonado à sujeita e às drogas, deixando de gerar milhares de empregos ligados ao turismo.
  • Maybe one of the most beautiful places of Sao Paulo
  • Great venue with signs of ancient architectures. It has been a renovated train station. Need to be careful on the surrounding though within the building is totally safe and elegant.

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