I just wrapped up a wonderful visit to Denver, where I joined the Colorado Symphony for a live performance of my public television concert “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey.” Together, we shared seven stirring anthems from the Romantic era that celebrate how different European countries mix a love of music with patriotism. I got to be the tour guide, setting up each piece with historical and cultural context — and then, as gorgeous images were projected on a huge screen, the orchestra took us there musically.
In this clip, you’ll join me on stage for the dress rehearsal and see a few of the happy faces I met after the show. If you enjoy this little taste, you can find the entire original show streaming now at http://www.ricksteves.com/symphony — or just grab the bit with your favorite composer using my free video database Classroom Europe. Just go to https://classroom.ricksteves.com and search for Beethoven, Grieg, Wagner, Strauss, Smetana, Verdi, Elgar, or Berlioz.
Happy — and musical — travels!