Sala São Paulo (EN)

 Opened in 1999 at the old Great Hall of the majestic Estação Júlio Prestes, Sala São Paulo is considered one of the best concert halls in the world. With a seating capacity for approximately 1,500 people, the project – led by architect Nelson Dupré – features a mobile ceiling, which allows adjusting the acoustics for each concert. It is the seat of Osesp (São Paulo State’s Symphony Orchestra).


– When the building was designed in 1925 by Christiano Stockler das Neves, the city was growing at a fast pace due to the economy of coffee and the railroads. When its construction was completed, thirteen years later, the presence of automobiles was already reducing the use of trams and trains.

– Sala São Paulo [São Paulo Hall] was registered as a historical heritage by Condephaat in 1999.

– Osesp – Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo [São Paulo State Symphonic Orchestra], was founded in 1954 and is today renowned internationally for its excellence. It has already conducted tours through Latin America, Europe and Brazil and has since 2008 maintained the Osesp Traveling project, holding concerts, workshops and courses in the interior of São Paulo.

– Nelson Dupré was the architect responsible for restoring and readapting Sala São Paulo [São Paulo Hall].

– The mobile lining of the hall is the most commented element when talking of the site’s excellent acoustics. Other elements, however, are also very important, like the layout of the counters, lack of carpets and curtains, drawing of the seats, among others.

+ Information

Address: Praça Júlio Prestes, 16 – Campos Elíseos.

Ticket Office: Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; on Saturdays, when there is a presentation, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or until the beginning of the concert; on Sundays and holidays: when there is a presentation, two hours before the concert.

Entrance fee: values according to the schedule