Journey with Rick Steves at The Pops!

Travel Guru, Rick Steves, is among the 2019 Boston Pops performers/presenters. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Erikson, BSO)
Travel Guru, Rick Steves, is among the 2019 Boston Pops performers/presenters. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Erikson, BSO)

As part of the coming 2019 Boston Pops Season, lucky Symphony Hall audiences will be able to journey with Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travel.

On Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, starting at 8 p.m., Mr. Steves and the Boston Pops orchestra will transport attendees on a musical tour across Europe. (The Pops Season begins on May 8.)

Mr. Steves’ extensive knowledge of European history and culture will set the context for each musical piece as the orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jacomo Bairos, performs a selection of stirring 19th-century anthems by Romantic-era composers, including Grieg, Smetana, Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner, and Verdi.

Each selection will honor a particular nation, while the finale, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (Europe’s official anthem), pays homage to the continent’s motto of “United in Diversity.” The concerts will be enhanced by a montage of evocative video images curated by Steves. Incidentally, we are told that information about pre-concert talks with Mr. Steves will be available at a later date.

The official opening night of the 2019 Boston Pops Season is Wednesday, May 8, at 8 p.m., heralding the return of Bernadette Peters, legendary star of stage and screen, and is the first of ten eclectic programs that conductor Keith Lockhart will lead from the Symphony Hall stage.

The upcoming season boasts an impressive lineup of debuts, including special appearances by actress and comedienne Jane Lynch, the aforementioned Rick Steves, and Grammy and MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner Rhiannon Giddens, among others.

The 134th Boston Pops Season takes place in the festive atmosphere of the world-famous Symphony Hall, where patrons can sit at cabaret-style tables and order food and drinks to enjoy with family and friends during performances.

Symphony Hall is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. For the complete schedule/lineup, ticket prices, times, and more information, please visit www.bostonpops.org.

Enjoy!