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Day 17: Back home again

After a whirlwind two and a half weeks, with nine concerts in five cities, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra…


Day 16: Goodbye, Vienna

Ahead of their final performance at the Musikverein, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra found time for sightseeing, rehearsal and…


Vienna in Lincoln Square: Forgotten songs in a faded shoebox

The rectangular hall is a gilded jewel box from a forgotten era, but bereft of sparkle. Swirling cornices are faded…


Day 15: Requiem in Vienna

Nearing the end of its week-long residency in Vienna, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs the first of two performances of…


Days 13 & 14: Exploring Vienna

With two days off before the next performance of their Musikverein residency, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra explored the…


Geneva in Geneva: Marching Vikings under Friday night lights

It’s a punishing day after a tiring week, but the musicians in Geneva are ready. At the 5:30 p.m. rehearsal,…


Paris via WhatsApp: Denise vis-à-vis Maestro

Two chiseled countenances go face-to-face in Paris on Saturday: CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti and my pal Denise Serafim. Concertgoers in…

Riccardo Muti and the CSO on tour in Vienna, Oct. 29, 2014. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography

Day 12: Second concert at the Musikverein

For its second concert in Vienna, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed the overture to Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Debussy’s La mer and…


Luxembourg in Portage Park: Peter Reinberg’s progeny and prodigies

I’m on a tough oak bench in the principal’s office, and a stern, mustachioed Luxembourger stares me down. He’s not…

A SOLD OUT sign covers the Musikverein’s poster promoting Music Director Riccardo Muti and the CSO’s concert there—the first of four in the legendary concert hall—on Tuesday night. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2014 European Fall Tour. © Todd Rosenberg Photograph

Day 11: Sold out in Vienna

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra began its week-long residency in Vienna with a sold-out concert, Citizen Musician activities and a welcome…


Day 9: Sold out in Paris

For the second sold-out concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra offered a program of Tchaikovsy’s…

This just in: press reports of the CSO’s European tour

Day 8: First concert in Paris

Day 7: Travel to Paris

Day 6: Debut in Geneva

Day 5: Travel to Geneva

Day 4: Lighting up gray skies in Luxembourg

Day 3: The CSO’s debut in Warsaw

Day 2: Exploring Warsaw

Day 1: Travel to Warsaw

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