See free preview of Rick Steves’ symphony special

Travel expert Rick Steves, a leading authority on all things Europe, is offering free tickets to preview his yet-to-air national public television special.

His upcoming special, “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey,” will air on television on Jan. 26 but you can see a free screening on Jan. 7 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The show was taped before a live audience at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, where Steves teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra to illustrate how music has the power to stir patriotic emotions.

Steves provides the cultural context during the special, sharing his well-honed knowledge of European culture and history while the orchestra performs 19th-century anthems by composers from the Romantic era.

Specific nationalities are celebrated by each selection with composers representing a particular country: Grieg (Norway), Smetana (Czech Republic), Strauss (Austria), Berlioz (France), Elgar (Britain), Wagner (Germany) and Verdi (Italy).

The orchestra concludes its performance by playing the finale, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” the final movement of his 9th Symphony and the European Union’s official anthem.

A montage of video images from Steves’ public television series accompanies the music.

Steves is well-known as a travel authority, and his travel column first appeared in The Herald in the early 1980s.

Steves also is the host, writer and producer of the popular public television series “Rick Steves’ Europe” and a best-selling author of 30 European travel books.

The first screening of “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey” sold out, so a second screening was added.

The second screening begins at 9 p.m. Jan. 7 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.

Tickets are free. Reserve a seat by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595.

The public television special will air at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 on KCTS Channel 9.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

More in Life

‘The Shape of Water’: 1950s creature feature meets 2017 allegory

Director Guillermo del Toro’s allegory bears his fetishes for monsters and surrealistic environments.

‘Ferdinand’ a modern take on the beloved children’s story

The lovable bull is back in an enjoyable but spotty animated film from the makers of “Ice Age.”

Art mimicks reality in engrosing ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

The Korean film tells the story of an actress recovering from an affair with a married director.

Everett’s Michael ‘Scooby’ Silva is the leader of the (dog) pack

Since 2012, he’s built a thriving business walking dogs while their owners are at work.

Student winners to perform concertos with Mukilteo orchestra

This annual show is a partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association.

Seattle Men’s Chorus brings sassy brassy good time to Everett

The annual show, this year at the Historic Everett Theatre, has warmth of brass and pinch of sass.

This harp concert is worth the journey to Everett

Annual holiday show by Bronn and Katherine Journey is Wednesday at Everett Performing Arts Center.

Still looking for that one special recipe for the holidays?

Columnist Jan Roberts-Dominguez shares her traditional recipes for cheese soup and chocolate sauce.

How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

Various levels of heat affect our scrumptious fungus: There’s “sweating” and then there’s “sauteing.”

Most Read