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“Rick Steves will not be conducting,” Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra spokesperson Kathryn Reinardy jokes about the famed travel author and personality. “But the question we get most frequently is, ‘Is Rick Steves coming?’ And the answer is yes!”
The expert on all things European, including music, will be in town to host “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey” from March 11-12. The song selections – from Spain, France, Italy and beyond – are inspired by Steves’ travels across the pond and paired with his photos and videos projected above the 70 or so MSO musicians performing the show. “You’re going on this European musical journey without having to leave Milwaukee,” Reinardy says.
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While Steves isn’t the MSO’s typical guest – usually the symphony brings in soloists and composers – he is someone who resonates with the audience.
“People are always interested to come see someone like Yo-Yo Ma,” Reinardy says. “The feedback we’ve gotten has been very similar, like, ‘Oh you have a headliner celebrity coming.’” – AW
Tickets and more information are available at mso.org.
Culture by the Numbers
A performance with the full MSO orchestra includes 437 Strings on stage, including the piano.