For the inaugural concert of the Europe Tour 2020, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra returned to Cologne, Germany, marking its first performance there since 2000. Music Director Riccardo Muti led the orchestra in an all-Prokofiev program at the Kölner Philharmonie, near the center of the historic city.
The orchestra and Muti received a warm welcome from Louwrens Langevoort, artistic/managing director and CEO of KölnMusik (the tour concert presenter), who invited them to return “as soon as possible.”
In a review posted on the site Online Merker, critic Dirk Schauss wrote: “What an impressive exhibition! A top-class symphonic summit! And Riccardo Muti acted in this unforgettable concert as a true maestro, with much temperament and charisma, made music an extraordinary experience. The Cologne audience showed no restraint in their enthusiasm and cheered loudly with standing ovations.”
From Cologne, the CSO and Muti travel to Vienna for three concerts at the Musikverein. The tour consists of 10 concerts in six countries Jan. 9-23, with stops Luxembourg, Paris, Naples, Florence, Milan and Lugano.