Sunday morning, after performing at Teatro Dom Pedro II in Ribriero Preto, the IPO drove 200 km. in the direction of San Paulo.  Brazil’s “green” power was apparent in the 3 hour trip across rolling hills.  Fields of sugar cane used for bio-fuel in Brazil’s cars, or refined to make Cachasa, Brazil’s vodka, stretched to the horizon.  The changing shades of green were sometimes broken by orange and avocado groves or grazing cattle.  It was an incredibly pastoral scene under warm, blue skies.

 Shelly and Micha on the bus

Sunday’s afternoon concert took place outdoors in Paulinia. Four years ago, the IPO appeared with Zubin Mehta in Campinas, the neighboring municipality, and enjoyed an incredible success with thousands attending. Once again, more than 12,000 people attended, some arriving hours before to catch a good seat. 

Waiting for Tico Tico


Many came prepared with umbrellas to shield themselves from the afternoon sun during the wait.  The organization of the concert was impeccable; acoustic shell, sound, lighting, lunch for the musicians was all in place well before the musicians arrived.

Outdoor concert Zubin   

Maestro Mehta chose a “classical” start, Beethoven Seventh Symphony, and then continued with “Fledermaus”, the Haydn Trumpet Concerto performed by IPO soloist Yigael Meltzer, “Kaiser Waltz” and Viennese Polkas. When the applause continued, the orchestra played two South American selections; “Adios Nonino” by Astor Piazzola showing off the IPO strings’ special sound, and “Tico Tico” a great crowd pleaser. 

By 19:00, the orchestra checked into its hotel, and already at 06:30 the next morning was on the road again on the way to Curitiba in the south of Brazil.

bus to Paulinia