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