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.

For more coverage, go to the tour page on cso.org, Sounds and Stories’ CSO on Tour category, the CSO’s Facebook page and other social media outlets, including Twitter and Instagram.

 

A free day in Cologne

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CSO oboe Lora Schaefer and guest musician J. Michael Holmes marvel at the interior of the historic Cologne Cathedral.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Violin Simon Michal and his wife, viola Weijing Wang, head back to the hotel after a morning excursion into Cologne.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Violin Paul Phillips Jr. crosses the colorful Hohenzollern Bridge on his way to Cologne for some shopping.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
“Love Padlocks,” placed by couples to celebrate their affections, adorn the city’s Hohenzollern Bridge.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
The Cologne Cathedral, which dates to the 13th century, is one of Germany’s most popular landmarks. 

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Piccolo Jennifer Gunn and guest musician Kiju Joh climb up to the tallest reaches of Cologne Cathedral.

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Viola Sunghee Choi takes in the panoramic vistas from the top of Cologne Cathedral.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Here’s a view from the top of one of the cathedral’s twin spires, which rise to 515 feet in height.

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CSO musicians admire a giant bell housed in the cathedral’s twin spires. Eleven bells are scattered throughout the cathedral.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Each day Cologne Cathedral attracts more than 20,000 visitors, including this man who's exploring its many nooks and crannies.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Guest musicians Kit Polen (left) and J. Michael Holmes (right) join bassoon Miles Maner on a walk through the city's shopping district.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Cello Karen Basrak and bassoon Miles Maner take a selfie with the Lindt Bears at the Cologne Chocolate Museum.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
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