In October the Orquestra de São Paulo begins its 2009 Tour of the U.S. The CAMI website has some preliminary information. I'm anxious to see the programme for the tour. The Tour Press Release mentions that conductor Kazem Abdullah (whose career got a big boost when he took over for James Levine at a Metropolitan Opera performance of Gluck’s Orfeo last January) will include music by Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri. Another highlight will be a brand new percussion concerto written for Evelyn Glennie by Marlos Nobre.
Naturally, this announcement caused a bit of a stir in Brazil, where the controversy over the firing of John Neschling still simmers. See this story at the Concerto website.