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.

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.

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

Travel from Chicago to Cologne

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Musicians walk to the bus at Symphony Center before heading to O’Hare to begin their Europe Tour 2020.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Violinist Susan Synnestvedt gets a hug from her husband and daughter as she leaves Oak Park for O’Hare.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Principal Second Violin Baird Dodge plays airplane with his 15-month-old daughter, Rosie, at O’Hare.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Principal Clarinet Stephen Williamson is all smiles at O'Hare airport.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Cornelius Chiu, violin, and John Bruce Yeh, assistant principal clarinet, settle in for the flight to Germany.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Holding a cello instead of a violin, Concertmaster Robert Chen waits for his luggage at the baggage-claim area.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
After arriving in Germany, violinist Hermine Gagné chats with her daughter in the Frankfurt airport.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
A porter seems unfazed and ready to roll as he hauls luggage to the shuttle buses waiting to transport musicians to Cologne.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Musicians arrive in Cologne.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
The sun sets over Cologne as a CSO musician passes the Hohenzollern Bridge.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Bass Bradley Opland grabs some takeout and walks across Cologne’s well-known Hohenzollern Bridge as he returns to the hotel.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Night brings dramatic views of Cologne along the Rhine, with the Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge on the horizon.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
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