Wear it in good health: Maestro Muti, as promised, gives his scarf to Miles Maner. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020

After 10 sold-out concerts in eight cities, the Europe Tour 2020 came to a close Jan.23 in Lugano, Switzerland, for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti.

At the city’s LAC Arte y Cultura performing arts center, the CSO and Maestro Muti were rhapsodically received by an audience primed by the glowing notices that preceded the ensemble on tour.

“With a rich range of nuance and layering of voices, Muti and his orchestra offered a reading of exceptional clarity and sensitivity, emphasizing different instrumental timbres and underlining rhythmic games with a highly disciplined virtuosity that was flexible and full of playful liveliness,” wrote critic Isabelle Trüb in the Luxembourg Word. And of the CSO’s concert at La Scala in Milan the night before, La Repubblica declared: “Muti catalyzes energy like a laser beam.”

Meanwhile, bassoon Miles Maner pulled off the ultimate tour souvenir. Early on the orchestra’s journey, Maestro Muti agreed to give Maner his scarf (cashmere, no doubt) after the last concert, and backstage at Lugano, he delivered, like a man of his word.

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.

TOP: Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Lugano, Switzerland. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020

Concert in Lugano

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Maestro Muti and the CSO stand for their bows after the encore.
Ramblin' Rosie! The young daughter of Baird Dodge, principal second violin, gets some practice in walking — something she didn’t know to do before the tour.
As the CSO's bus nears the city, violin Lei Hou grabs a shot of the mountains and Lake Lugano.
Optical illusion: Bassoon Miles Maner appears to do a spit take while sightseeing.
With case and luggage in hand, Principal Cello John Sharp heads to the hotel.
With their distinctive, gnarly branches, plane trees (a variety of sycamore) line the shores of Lake Lugano.
Assistant Principal Cello Kenneth Olsen and violin Gina DiBello enjoy lunch along the lakeside.
Hermès and other upscale stores line the streets of downtown Lugano.
Piers cover the shoreline of Lake Lugano, which straddles the borders of Italy and Switzerland.
During their free time, bassoon Dennis Michel and wife Peggy stroll through Lugano.
Before the concert, Associate Principal Horn Daniel Gingrich warms up on the stage.
Principal Trombone Jay Friedman and wife Gail sit check out the hall before the concert.
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