Ahead of their first concert on the Europe Tour 2020, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians spent a day sightseeing in Cologne, Germany, with stops at the city’s famous twin-spired cathedral, the historic Great St. Martin Church and the mouth-watering Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum — Chocolate Museum.
Set on the banks of the Rhine, Cologne offers dramatic views of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter — once the world’s tallest structure — and now of one Germany’s most popular attractions, with more than 20,000 visitors daily.
The CSO’s return to Cologne marks its first visit since 2000, when Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez each led two performances during a four-concert engagement. For this year’s concert, on Jan. 9, the CSO and Muti will perform an all-Prokofiev program. The tour consists of 10 concerts in six countries Jan. 9-23, with concerts in Vienna, Luxembourg, Paris, Naples, Florence, Milan and Lugano.