Tour Stops in Three Florida Cities Include First Appearance for Muti and the CSO Together in Miami and Return Appearances in West Palm Beach and Naples

Muti and the CSO’s 2019 Appearance in Naples Launches Three-Year Residency Presented by Artis—Naples

Tour Programs Feature Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade

Master Classes and Community Activities Presented by the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO Planned in All Three Tour Cities


CHICAGO—Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) embark on the second of two tours during the 2018/19 season from February 25 to March 3, 2019. This Florida tour, as well as the Orchestra’s acclaimed tour to Asia in January and February 2019, are part of the 128th season.

Muti and the CSO open the 2019 Florida tour with a return appearance at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 26, presented by the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The tour continues with the first performance for Muti and the CSO together at the Knight Concert Hall in Miami on February 27, presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, the 2019 performances in Frances Pew Hayes Hall on February 28 and March 2 presented by Artis—Naples, mark the beginning of a three-year residency for the CSO in Naples, which will include community performances and education activities each year through the 2020/21 season.

Muti and the CSO’s appearances at Florida venues during their 2018 East Coast tour were met with wide popular and critical acclaim. South Florida Classical Review affirmed that Muti and the CSO “impressively demonstrated that they remain one of the world’s best,” and the Palm Beach Daily News remarked that the Orchestra’s performance in West Palm Beach “was a reminder of why it enjoys a top ranking.”

The first of two programs for the Florida 2019 tour features three works by Beethoven, including Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 7. The program, performed in West Palm Beach on February 26 and in Naples on February 28, opens with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and continues with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, perhaps the composer’s most widely recognized work. Full of a palpable rhythmic drive and joyful energy, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 closes the program. Muti and the CSO performed Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony for the first time together in September 2016 at Symphony Center, prompting the Chicago Sun-Times to declare “Muti and the CSO make you hear it anew, infusing it with a grand singing beauty, alternately frenzied and rapturous.”

Reprising a program that they presented on tour to Asia in January and February 2019, Muti and the CSO perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade at the tour stops in Miami (February 27) and Naples (March 2). Muti and the Orchestra performed a survey of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies during the 2014/15 season and return to the composer’s dramatic Symphony No. 5 for the 2018/19 tour programs. The Chicago Tribune hailed their performance of the Fifth Symphony saying “the qualities that have marked his [Muti’s] cycle all along were again in evidence: scrupulous attention to dynamic markings, elastic handling of phrasing and transitions, purposeful shaping of harmonic tension and release, a richly sonorous soundstage.” The September 2018 performance of Sheherazade by Muti and the Orchestra in Chicago caused the Chicago Tribune to remark “No doubt listeners will hear Sheherazade many times again, but rarely with as much integrity and truth.”

Presented by the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO, a number of educational and engagement activities are planned during the 2019 Florida tour.

During the stop in West Palm Beach, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the Once Upon a Symphony (OUAS) production of The Ugly Duckling for the young students of Palm Beach Day Academy and Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center on February 25. The Once Upon a Symphony (OUAS) production of The Ugly Duckling is produced and presented in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre and features CSO musicians Emma Gerstein (Flute); Lora Schaefer (Oboe); David Griffin (Horn); Gary Stucka (Cello); and actor Lily Emerson. On February 26, CSO musicians including David Taylor (Assistant Concertmaster); Sylvia Kilcullen (Assistant Principal Second Violin); Li-Kuo Chang (Acting Principal Viola); John Sharp (Principal Cello); and Daniel Armstrong (Bass) lead sectionals at the Dreyfoos School for the Arts.

In Miami, CSO musicians Stephen Williamson (Principal Clarinet); Dennis Michel (Bassoon); and Michael Mulcahy (Trombone) give masterclasses for members of the New World Symphony at New World Center on February 27.

As part of its special multi-year residency with Artis—Naples, the CSO participates in several educational and engagement activities. This year’s multi-day residency in Naples includes a March 1 chamber music performance at Immokalee High School by CSO musicians Mihaela Ionescu (Violin); Russell Hershow (Violin); Sunghee Choi (Viola); Oto Carillo (Horn); and Michael Hovnanian (Bass). In addition, there will be masterclasses for students in the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra by CSO Principal Second Violin Baird Dodge and Principal Cello John Sharp on March 1, and Acting Principal Viola Li-Kuo Chang and Assistant Principal Clarinet John Yeh on March 2. The master classes in Naples are open to the public and more information is available through Artis—Naples.

Muti and the CSO’s Florida tour follows their five-city, 11-concert Asia tour in January and February 2019 to Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Osaka. Tour highlights included the debut appearance for Muti and the CSO together at Festival Hall in Osaka, as well as a multi-day residency at Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, which featured performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Tokyo Opera Singers chorus and soloists.

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been touring—domestically and internationally—since the beginning of its history. First traveling to Canada in 1892, the Orchestra has since embarked on 61 international tours, performing in 29 countries on five continents.


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