Founded in 1950 under the leadership of maestro Pablo Komlós, the Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra – Ospa – is the longest, uninterrupted performing orchestra in the country. It boasts an extensive agenda of concerts throughout the state, catering to a wide and diverse audience. Its program is constituted by different series like São Pedro Theater, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Churches, Araújo Vianna, Interior, Music in the Museum Didactics, Ospa Youth Orchestra and other special concerts.

Ospa's Academy of Music

The Pablo Komlós Conservatory – Ospa's Academy of Music, created by the Ospa Foundation in 1972, fulfills a fundamental role in the promotion of culture in Rio Grande do Sul. It provides free music education, aimed at orchestral musicians, offering opportunities for professionalization within the area. The majority of instrumentalists that are now part of Ospa once studied at the institute, along with many other musicians that play in other orchestras or different areas of music, both in Brazil and abroad. The academy currently caters to some 200 students. Additionally, the music academy features orchestral groups and a choir.

Ospa's Symphonic Choir

Formed by approximately 80 amateur singers, the Ospa Symphonic Choir spans a history of over 40 years. Besides important participations as part of Ospa's program, the group also performs with other orchestras or instrument groups. It's repertoire includes famous works by Beethoven, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Gounod, Brahms, Bach, Haendel, Haydn, Vivaldi, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Borodin, among others.

Artistic Director and Maestro Evandro Matté

Artistic director and maestro for Ospa, the Unisino Anchieta Orchestra and SESC International Music Festival, Evandro Matté is also the Cultural Coordinator for the University of the Sinos Valley – UNISINOS. His introduction into the world of music began with the trumpet at age 7, performing as a professional trumpeter by age 25. After graduating in music from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, he enrolled in a specialization program at the University of Georgia (USA) and the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France). He has directed a number of orchestras in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Croatia, Italy, China, Germany, United States and the Czech Republic.