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Before their initial rehearsal in Taipei, Music Director Riccardo Muti greeted Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians for the first time on the Asia Tour 2019. (The maestro flew in from Europe while his musicians traveled west from Chicago to Taipei.) The first of two concerts at Taipei’s National Concert Hall showcased music by Brahms: the composer’s First and Second Symphonies.

Meanwhile, three CSO musicians from Taiwan — Cynthia Yeh, Youming Chen and Wei-Ting Kuo — sat for an interview with the local press — conducted against the lush green backdrop of the National Concert Hall’s lobby. Yeh, the CSO’s principal percussion, also took time to lead a master class at the Taipei National University of the Arts.

After a rapturous ovation, Muti and the CSO granted the audience an encore. Then Maestro Muti greeted fans at a post-concert CD signing in the lobby.

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