Sala São Paulo is a concert hall in Brazil’s largest city. The venue, with its distinctive clock tower, is home to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP).
The Sala is housed in the former Júlio Prestes railway station, which was built between 1925 and 1938 and named after a former railwayman and governor of São Paulo. The station stood on the Sorocabana Line, which was constructed in order to transport coffee from the distant inland plantations to the coastal ports.
In the 1990s, following the gradual decline of the railway, the government decided to transform the station building into a cultural centre. The former main hall of the station was chosen as the concert hall, due to its shape being similar to that of 19th century concert halls. Sala São Paulo was officially inaugurated in 1999 with an OSESP performance of the Resurrection Symphony by Gustav Mahler.
The concert hall has a capacity of almost 1,500, and regularly hosts performances by the OSESP, the OSESP Choir and OSESP Quartet, among others. Notable artists to have performed at the Sala São Paulo include Elton John, who gave a private concert there in 2009.