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Rick Steves Special: A Symphonic Journey

Rick Steves introduces the next tune as Conductor Michael Miropolsky looks on.
Courtesy of RICK STEVES
Rick Steves introduces the next tune as Conductor Michael Miropolsky looks on.

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Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and maestro Michael Miropolsky for a musical journey that begins in the United States, and touches down in seven different European countries.

Michael Miropolsky conducting the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.
Courtesy of RICK STEVES
Michael Miropolsky conducting the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

The special, taped at the Edmonds Center for the Arts near Seattle, celebrates music's power to stir the patriotic soul. Playing musical tour guide, Steves utilizes his extensive knowledge of European history and culture to help set the context for each piece.

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String section of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.
Courtesy of RICK STEVES
String section of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

Then, the orchestra performs a selection of stirring 19th-century anthems by Romantic-era composers, including Grieg, Smetana, Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner, and Verdi.

View of the stage before Wagner is played. In this unique one-hour special, Rick Steves teams up with the talented Cascade Symphony Orchestra.
Courtesy of RICK STEVES
View of the stage before Wagner is played. In this unique one-hour special, Rick Steves teams up with the talented Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

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.

French horns, Cascade Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of RICK STEVES
French horns, Cascade Symphony Orchestra
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