OSDL – a magical end to the tour!

Sao Paulo, Brazil | The day after the fifth and final concert of his first tour of his life in South America, Alexandre Da Costa and the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra return to Quebec with heads held high and hearts brimming with joy. “I had the confirmation that I am not alone in my madness”, explains the teacher excitedly.

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On August 9, Alexandre Da Costa and 33 OSDL musicians left Quebec for their first joint international tour. This tour would take him to Colombia and Brazil, for five concerts in the main theaters of as many South American cities.

“This tour really exceeded my expectations,” says violinist director Alexandre Da Costa. He was hoping there wouldn’t be too many problems, because anything could happen. In fact, I didn’t believe it until the last minute. Seeing that it was such a big hit, I can’t believe it, I’m speechless! »

During this tour, Da Costa explains that he understood one thing: that all musicians, even those who were most recalcitrant at first sight about his unique approach to classical music, loved this kind of tour. By this he refers to a human journey that unites all participants with a strong desire to “do something different and human. »

“At the end of the last concert in Sao Paulo, all the musicians came up to me and surrounded me during the last piece (I love you like crazy by Robert Charlebois), he says excitedly. I had no idea they were going to do this and for me that was the strongest moment of all. »

If after this last concert in Brazil, several musicians looked at each other with tears in their eyes, it is largely thanks to the 42-year-old conductor who has the gift of being a positive leader, coupled with sensitivity and a human being.

“I never would have believed that we would go there, continues the man who has many other important projects in mind for the OSDL. We all became friends, everyone was sincere. I saw in his eyes the deepest human warmth. »

to the power of ten

For Da Costa and his band, the concerts offered in Brazil during the second part of the tour were ten times more than they experienced in Colombia. They will not forget, for example, the sumptuous Municipal Theater of Rio (a dazzling replica of the Paris Opera) or this evening that lasted until dawn in a small restaurant in Sao Paulo.

“I light the fire, but it’s up to the people to maintain it and make it grow,” adds the teacher, who says that during this tour he experienced strong moments on an artistic, personal and human level. He wanted to do a tour that was like me, which was going to be an adventure in Latin countries whose culture I deeply love. I thanked the musicians for following me there and for coming. »

Alexandre Da Costa and his mini-teacher, Mattenzo Da Costa.

Photo courtesy of Marc Dussault

Alexandre Da Costa and his mini-teacher, Mattenzo Da Costa.

His father’s heart also melted every time his 8.5-year-old son Mattenzo took the stage to conduct the orchestra at the end of concerts, and when he interacted in such an adult way with the other members of the company.

The Da Costa family on Copacabana beach in Brazil.

Photo courtesy of Marc Dussault

The Da Costa family on Copacabana beach in Brazil.

As for his wife and press relations officer for the tour, Martine Cardinal, he explains that he has no idea how he could do another tour of this kind without her invaluable help.

“His connection with the people, including all the musicians, made a huge difference,” he says. We have a passion for music, but honestly, we have a passion for adventure and human relationships. It is humans who have created these defining moments. We wanted to experience something unique and that’s exactly what happened. »


  • the city of rio “A magical place with the beach, the feeling of being in a big city and the incredible landscapes with the mountains and the bays. »
  • The Municipal Theater of Rio “which is one of the most beautiful theaters I have seen in my life. »
  • The city of Sao Paulo and the small grilled meat restaurant 30 meters from your hotel. “Where the magic happened in the band. »

♦ Alexandre Da Costa and his jazz trio Stradivarius BaRock will be at the St-Zénon festival in Piopolis on August 27: festivalpiopolis.com.

Next for OSDL

  • The concerts will take place from next week by the OSDL.
  • 60 concerts are scheduled this year.
  • Alexandre Da Costa is already working on a possible tour for 2024 in which he would combine Europe and Argentina.
  • Two albums are also in the process of being created.
  • Major concert-events include beauty will save the world, a theatrical and musical fresco by Jacques Béland with his partner Mobilisaction Jeunesse. on August 26 at the Oratory of Saint-Joseph of Mount Royal in Montreal, on September 3 at the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame-du-Cap in Trois-Rivières and on September 10 at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de – Beaupre. (mobilisaction-jeunesse.com)
  • OSDL Regular Season Schedule and News: osdl.ca/

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