NOTICE OF CONCERT DATE CHANGE:
Due to scheduling conflicts, the January 21, 2020 performance of Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey has been rescheduled to January 17, 2020. All tickets for the January 21 performance will be automatically transferred to the January 17 performance. All affected ticketholders will receive an email with their ticketing options and can contact the Ticket Office by emailing email@example.com or calling 206.215.4747.
Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, teams up with the Seattle Symphony 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, 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, 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.
Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2014, 2017 and 2019, Lee Mills is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted and energetic conductor. In his previous position as Resident Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, he led performances hailed as having a “sonority of unequalled liveliness and quality” (movimento.com), working alongside such artists as Simone Porter, Conrad Tao, Eliane Coelho and the Smetana Trio.
Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America's most respected authority on European travel. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with more than 100 full-time, well-travelled employees at its headquarters in Edmonds, Washington. There he produces a best-selling guidebook series on European travel, America's most popular travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show and more.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.