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. 
    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.... ;-) 
    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 »
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  • Grand experience. Very good acoustics from all seats. Well organized - almost no bottleneck of people after the show. Very nice coffee/bar area for pre-show drink.
  • Can much can I rave about this place? The building itself is beautiful, but the main concert hall is something else. The acoustic is perfectly adjusted by panels on the ceiling that can be mechanically moved before the concert. It doesn't happen every time, but I saw it once before an open rehearsal and it was very cool. You can also get seats behind the orchestra, which gives you the same view of the maestro as the musicians, again a very different experience. On the Main building you can have dinner or coffee and there is a nice gift shop. The only problem is that it is in a dangerous area of São Paulo, so if you are not used to the city, take a taxi and be safe. P.S. the screen at the picture obviously didn't stay down during the concert.

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