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Royal Albert Hall, London, England – August 28, 1989

Sir Georg Solti led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s sixth trip to Europe in August and September 1989, including stops in Austria, Denmark, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland. And for the first two concerts of the tour, the Chicago Symphony Chorus joined the Orchestra for the first time on an overseas tour.

August 28, 1989 – Royal Albert Hall, London, England
August 30, 1989 – Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria
BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Keith Lewis, tenor
José van Dam, bass-baritone
Peter Rose, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis, chorus director
Westminster Cathedral Choir
James O’Donnell, chorus director

August 31, 1989 – Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria
September 3, 1989 – Kunsthaus, Lucerne, Switzerland
September 8, 1989 – Grosse Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany
September 15, 1989 – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
September 16, 1989 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 18, 1989 – Royal Albert Hall, London, England
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 485
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65


September 4, 1989 – Kunsthaus, Lucerne, Switzerland
September 5, 1989 – Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich, Germany
September 7, 1989 – Tonhalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
September 9, 1989 – Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark
September 11, 1989 – Göteborgs Konserthus, Göteborg, Sweden
September 12, 1989 – Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville
BARTÓK Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (Eroica)

The August 28 performance of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust was recorded for television broadcast and later released on VHS and DVD. Kenneth Corden was the executive producer and the film was directed by Rodney Greenberg. A couple of clips from the program are below.

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