Journey with Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travel, as he and the Boston Pops transport you on a musical voyage. Mr. Steves’ extensive knowledge of European history and culture set the context for each piece as the orchestra performs a selection of stirring 19th-century anthems by Romantic-era composers, including Grieg, Smetana, Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner, and Verdi, conducted by Portuguese-American Jacomo Bairos. Each selection honors a particular nation, while the finale, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (Europe’s official anthem) pays homage to the continent’s motto of “United in Diversity.” The concert is enhanced by a montage of evocative video images curated by Rick Steves.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk with Rick Steves. More details to follow.