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.

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.

 

Rehearsal and concert in Cologne

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Here’s a fish-eye view of the hall as the CSO performs Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
CSO musicians arrive at the Kölner Philharmonie for a rehearsal ahead of the evening’s concert.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Posters promoting the CSO’s tour concert receive prominent placement. 

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Principal Bass Alex Hanna welcomes guest musician Caleb Quillen with a fist bump before the start of rehearsal.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
CSO trombone Michael Mulcahy meets with his friend Andrew Joy, former horn of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.

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Before rehearsal begins, John Deverman, CSO director of orchestra personnel, makes a few announcements.

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Louwrens Langevoort, artistic/managing director and CEO of KölnMusik, the concert presenter, welcomes the CSO to Cologne.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Baird Dodge, principal second violin; Li-Kuo Chang, acting principal viola, and guest viola Leah Ferguson share a laugh during a rehearsal break.

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Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the rehearsal in Cologne.

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CSO horn section members try out Wagner tubas, which combine elements of the French horn and trombone.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Mark Ridenour, assistant principal trumpet, and his wife, Linda, take a lunch break after rehearsal ends.

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Bass trombone Charles Vernon gives a lesson to Simon Baldwin, a brass musician from Hamburg.

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