Video: A Symphonic Journey to Austria

Just as travel broadens your perspective, so can music. A few years ago, I teamed up with Cascade Symphony to create Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey. In the hour-long special, we take a musical tour to seven different European countries.

For me, this was a fun opportunity to partner with my hometown community orchestra, right here in Edmonds, Washington. 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 Rick Steves’ Europe 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.

Over the next week, I’ll be posting clips from the special here on my blog. Now, I’d like to share this waltz with you.