This month, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti return to the Sunshine State for concerts in Miami, Sarasota and Naples. Before the first concert of the Florida Tour 2020, a group of CSO musicians, donors and staffers headed to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach for a day of student mentoring, recitals and a VIP reception, organized by the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute.

At the Norton Museum auditorium, Concertmaster Robert Chen, Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong, Assistant Principal Cello Kenneth Olsen and viola Wei-Ting Kuo joined students from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, a public secondary institution, for a side-by-rehearsal of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. The Recording Academy, the institution behind the Grammy Awards, has designated the Dreyfoos school’s music department as one of the top 10 music programs in the nation. Then the four CSO musicians gave a recital featuring excerpts of works by Beethoven and Verdi.

Next stop, Miami, for a CSO performance Feb. 11 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 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: CSO musicians are seen in silhouette during a recital at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020

Recitals and reception in West Palm Beach

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As light filters in from a window, the CSO quartet is seen in silhouette.

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After the last performance of Cavalleria rusticana, Principal Trumpet Esteban Batallán loads his trumpets into a trunk for the trip to Florida.

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CSO librarian Carole Keller locks up a trunk containing scores for the Florida tour repertoire as well as works for the following week back at Symphony Center.

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As they approach the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, CSO musicians pass by a giant banyan tree. Native to south Asia, the banyan grows only in Florida in the continental United States.

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Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong meets her stand partner, a student from the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts, who will be rehearsing with CSO musicians.

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CSO musicians Robert Chen, Stephanie Jeong, Wei-Ting Kuo and Kenneth Olsen conduct a side-by-side rehearsal with students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

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CSO viola Wei-Ting Kuo shares a stand with a Dreyfoos student.

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Concertmaster Robert Chen, standing with Dreyfoos students, places his hand over his heart in appreciation during the concert, presented by the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute.

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Assistant Principal Cello Kenneth Olsen performs alongside a Dreyfoos student.

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Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong stands centerstage as CSO musicians join Dreyfoos students for the side-by-side performance.

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Bows up! The side-by-side concert nears its end.

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The CSO quartet begins its recital, which consists of excerpts of works by Beethoven and Verdi.

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