Music Lovers and Europhiles… This Waltz Is for You

I am so happy that our newest production, “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey,” is debuting all across the USA on public television. This hour-long special flies us musically to seven different countries in Europe. It celebrates how, in the late 19th century, music partnered with freedom-lovers; Romanticism and Nationalism were on the same team. For me this was a fun opportunity to partner with my local volunteer community orchestra here in Edmonds. I happily huddled with its wonderful conductor and came up with a concert plan, hosted the concert (three times in order to film it thoroughly), and then let my brilliant TV production team (Producer Simon Griffith and Editor Steve Cammarano) expertly cut gorgeous video clips to the music.

As the musical tour guide, the challenge for me was to say more while saying less. The joy was to let the gorgeous images simply play with music from that country–rather than having my script explain everything. With this first entry, we start in Austria. Then, over the next two weeks here on Facebook, we’ll share six more concert clips featuring six different, proud nations–ending with our big, fat Beethoven finale. I hope you enjoy this. Share this with your Facebook friends who enjoy weaving travel and classical music together. (BTW, the entire “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey” special is airing across the USA on public television this season. If it’s not showing on your station, it is available to them for free. Give them a ring with a request, and it’s likely that you’ll have it on the air. If you can’t wait, the DVD and CD of the concert are now in our Travel Store on the Web.)

Now, I’d like this waltz with you.

If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube.