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Rick Steves' A Symphonic Journey

Boston Pops

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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. 

 

This concert’s program includes a celebration of the 68th Annual Armenian Night at the Pops.

Featured Performers

Jacomo Bairos, conductor
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Portuguese-American conductor Jacomo Bairos continues to redefine what a conductor can be and do in the 21st century, challenging the preconceptions of orchestral repertoire, blurring the lines of genre, and integrating the orchestra into the broader community in holistic and organic ways. The seventeenth Music Director for the Amarillo Symphony and Co-Founder and Artistic Director for Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble, Maestro Bairos performs regularly as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras. This week’s concerts mark his Boston Pops debut. His other conducting debuts in 2018-2019 include performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Bairos is an accomplished and award-winning tubist, having given master classes and concerts with major festivals and orchestras around the world. He has performed, toured, and recorded with the New York Philharmonic as well as with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, and Seattle. He has held principal positions with orchestras in America and Spain, and from 2004-2007, Mr. Bairos was principal tuba for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He is also a yoga teacher and a practitioner of Vipassana meditation. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Jacomo Bairos makes his home in Miami, FL, and serves his community by working with and mentoring underserved children throughout the southern Florida and Panhandle-Texas region.

Jacomo Bairos, conductor Rick Steves
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Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. As an 18-year-old, Rick began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves’ Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-traveled employees at its headquarters in Edmonds, WA, near Seattle. There he produces a bestselling guidebook series on European travel, America’s most popular travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly syndicated column, and free travel information available through his travel center and ricksteves.com. Rick Steves’ Europe also runs a successful European tour program organizing small-group tours that take more than 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. His mission: to empower Americans to take European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

Rick Steves
Laura Navasardian, cello, Armenian Night soloist
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Laura Navasardian started playing the cello at the age of six, studying with Vladimir Panteleev. She is a ninth-grade student at the Professional Children’s School in her native New York City and is currently in her second year at the Juilliard Pre-College in the class of Clara Kim. She performed on numerous occasions at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Auditorium Museo Del Violino in Cremona, and Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ms. Navasardian has won a number of prestigious competitions to date, including Cremona International Music Competition in Italy, New York Music Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria, American Fine Arts Festival, and others. She has attended master classes with Maestro David Geringas at Buchenau, Germany, and subsequently performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in Berlin with Mr. Geringas conducting. In summer of 2018 she attended the Perlman Music Program and later that year won the top prize at the Great Composers Competition for the best performance of Kabalevsky’s cello concerto. In her spare time Laura enjoys skiing and swimming, but above all she loves cooking.

Laura Navasardian, cello, Armenian Night soloist