The CSO’s Europe Tour 2020 got under way earlier this week as musicians and staff traveled from Chicago to Cologne, Germany. It marks the CSO’s 34th tour to Europe, the 62nd international tour in its distinguished history and the eighth European tour under Music Director Riccardo Muti. The schedule consists of 10 concerts in six countries Jan. 9-23, with stops in Vienna, Luxembourg, Paris, Naples, Florence, Milan and Lugano.
Set on the banks of the Rhine, Cologne offers dramatic views of the Cologne Cathedral — once the world’s tallest building and an edifice that withstood World War II bombings — and the famous Hohenzollern Bridge.
The CSO’s return to Cologne marks its first visit since 2000, when Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez each led two performances during a four-concert engagement. For this year’s concert, on Jan. 9, the CSO and Muti will perform an all-Prokofiev program.
TOP: Night brings into focus dramatic views of Cologne along the Rhine, with the Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge in the background. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020