Ahead of the second concert in Taiwan, musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti were greeted with cloudy skies over Taipei. Inside the National Concert Hall, however, the mood was sunny and jovial as Maestro Muti and the CSO rehearsed that evening’s program, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade.
After the concert, Maestro Muti signed autographs and CDs in the lobby, while several musicians wound down with a spirited game of euchre. The next stop on the CSO’s Asia Tour 2019 is Shanghai, where the orchestra will perform two concerts Jan. 22-23 at the city’s Oriental Art Centre.