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Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey

Saturday, November 9, 2024 7:30pm

Event Description

Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travel, teams up with the Louisville Orchestra for a musical journey that begins in the United States, and touches down in seven different European countries. This unique concert celebrates music’s power to stir the patriotic soul. Playing musical tour guide, Rick Steves utilizes his extensive knowledge of European history and culture to help set the context for each piece. Then, 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 nationality, while the finale, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (Europe’s official anthem) pays homage to the continent’s motto of “United in Diversity.” The music is accompanied by a montage of evocative video images from each country.

Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Rick Steves, narrator


Special thanks to our series sponsor Frank & Paula Harshaw

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Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Performing Arts Center
501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States

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