The Orchestra recently embarked on their twenty-eighth tour to Europe. Today, overseas tours seem to be a regular event, not only to numerous European countries but also to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Russia.

But it was just forty years ago in 1971 that the Orchestra first traveled overseas to Europe, just before the beginning of the eightieth season (also Georg Solti’s second as music director and Carlo Maria Giulini’s second as principal guest conductor).

And before they played a single note for an audience, Solti and the Orchestra spent three days making the now legendary recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the Sofiensaal in Vienna.

The band was on the road for over a month, leaving Chicago on August 26 and not returning until October 6. Solti and Giulini shared the podium for that first tour, encompassing twenty-five concerts in fifteen venues in nine countries, performing sixteen different works:

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
Opera House, Ghent, Belgium
Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland
Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden
Folkets Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Kuppelsaal der Stadthalle, Hannover, Germany
Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
Grosse Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany
Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria
La Scala, Milan, Italy
Kongress-Hall im Deutschen Museum, Munich, Germany
Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France
Royal Festival Hall, London, England

BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
BERLIOZ Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
BRAHMS Tragic Overture, Op. 81
CARTER Variations for Orchestra
HAYDN Symphony No. 94 in G Major (Surprise)
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D Major
MAHLER Symphony No. 5
MENDELSSOHN Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 (Rafael Orozco)
RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique)