CHICAGO — Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) embark on a North American tour — the Orchestra’s 63rd international tour — and additional U.S. appearances in 2023 as part of 2022/23 Season activities. Now in their 13th season of artistic collaboration, Muti and the CSO first toured together in the U.S. in 2011, and the 2023 touring activities represent their first tour together since February 2020.

The seven-city, eight-concert North American tour begins with the Orchestra’s first appearance in Mesa, Arizona, on January 22 at the Mesa Arts Center and continues with stops in three California cities: Costa Mesa on January 24, presented by Philharmonic Society of Orange County; Santa Barbara on January 25, presented by Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, Inc., and the CSO’s first appearance in Stanford at Bing Concert Hall on January 26, presented by Stanford Live. Following the California concerts is the Orchestra’s first appearance in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on January 28, presented by the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University, and a return to Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa on January 29. The North American tour culminates at Koerner Hall, in Toronto, Ontario, with two concerts presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music on February 1 and 2, marking the CSO’s first appearances in Toronto since 1914 and in Canada since 1976. The CSO’s 2023 North American Tour programming includes two Beethoven symphonies (Nos. 7 & 8) performed during Muti’s survey of the complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies in recent seasons, as well as Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition.