For the first full concert of the Florida Tour 2020, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti headed to Miami for a performance Feb. 11 at the Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Built in 2006 by acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli, the Arsht Center consists of three main theaters, including the Knight Concert Hall, the Ziff Ballet Opera House and the Carnival Studio Theater.  The Knight Concert Hall seats 2,2oo and its acoustic design is by Russell Johnson of Artec Consultants, which also worked on the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

For its Miami program, the CSO and Muti offered the overture to Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World).

Next stop, Sarasota, where the CSO will perform for the first time since 2007 (and also for the first time there under Muti). 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 leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a tour concert at the Knight Concert Hall in Miami. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020

Concert in Miami

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Maestro Muti puts the orchestra through its paces during rehearsal.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Dressed in appropriate tropical attire, bass Mark Kraemer heads to the hall from the hotel before the morning rehearsal.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Assistant Principal Timpani Vadim Karpinos gets in a little impromptu warm-up while backstage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
English horn Scott Hostetler moves into focus during the rehearsal.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Cello Katinka Kleijn flashes a bemused smile as she’s caught on camera.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Music Director Riccardo Muti talks with the string section as the orchestra changes pieces during rehearsal.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Principal Percussion Cynthia Yeh gets a close-up as she switches to the triangle.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
A CSO Florida Tour book rests on Principal Timpani David Herbert’s mallet rack.

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The CSO’s bass section, led by Alex Hanna, principal, performs during rehearsal.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
During a break in the action, Maestro Muti shares a story from his past.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Principal Bass Alex Hanna displays a special companion: Freddy C. Gull. The mascot, which usually resides in the bass box, was a gift to Hanna after an unfortunate encounter with a Chicago gull.

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Best friends forever: Sylvia Kim Kilcullen, assistant principal second violin, and cello Katinka Kleijn stroll down a backstage corridor.
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