Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey

Rick Steves

Jacomo Bairos

Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey

Jacomo Bairos, conductor

Friday, June 14, 8pm

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. 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. 

“The Pops’ ability to balance a Broadway icon against a woman who has been to outer space, bouncing between Strauss and Williams and “Send in the Clowns” over a two-hour concert should be applauded. (Certainly a season that finds space for travel guru Rick Steves to lead a tour of European classical music, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. to sing a night of Nat King Cole and polymath Rhiannon Giddens to present four nights of African-American composers and lost music should be cheered.)” – Boston Herald


7:15PM – Lecture from the Symphony Hall Stage with Rick Steves
Take your seats before the concert start for this add-on event. Rick Steves shares his love of Europe, why he thinks travel is more important than ever to broaden our perspectives, and the back story on his collaboration with the Boston Pops in which he celebrates Romantic Era music and how it makes hearts pound differently all around Europe.  

Also, please join us in Higginson Hall for a post-concert book signing/meet & greet with Rick Steves. Items available for purchase include the A Symphonic Journey DVD/Booklet and CD combo, as well as the books Travel As A Political Act – Leave your baggage at home and Europe Through the Back Door. Cash bars will be open.