Yesterday was the first day of work, with double rehearsals at the Theatro Municipal de Paulínia. Zubin covered the all-Strauss program; Til Eulenspiegel, Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben, then in the afternoon went on to rehearse Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and various encores that will be performed during the tour. The new, shining-white concert hall standing in fields of wild grass is in the neo-classic Greek style on the outside, but is quietly conservative on the inside. It serves the city of Campinas, more than a million people, the home of Brazil’s high-tech industries and an important transportation, industrial and university center.

In addition to Saturday night’s Strauss concert, the Orchestra will return from São Paulo to perform a second program later in the week. There will also be a festive outdoor concert, repeating the IPO’s incredible success of four years ago when thousands heard the Orchestra perform with Zubin under the stars.

Lunch between the rehearsals was served at the hall and in the evening. Orchestra members split into small groups for Sabbath dinner away from home.