Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey
Rick Steves, narrator
Alvin Ho, conductor
Cue feelings of insatiable wanderlust! Join the Naples Philharmonic on an intercontinental, audiovisual journey as acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves guides the orchestra through special program of European symphonic favorites. One of the most personable and trusted travel writers, Steves has spent decades exploring Europe and documenting the beauty of the continent — and now you’ll have the chance to explore it with him. Witness the rolling hills, charming villages, architectural wonders and natural beauty of Europe in this sensational audiovisual experience as the orchestra plays along to a stunning cinematic highlight reel of Europe’s most enchanting sights. And to paint an even richer tale, Steves tees up each symphonic piece with a charming bit of European history to contextualize the epic story of each musical masterpiece.
Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a bestselling guidebook author and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. But above all else, Steves considers himself a teacher. He taught his first travel class at his college campus in the mid-1970s — and now, more than 40 years later, he still measures his success not by dollars earned, but by trips impacted.
Steves is the founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe, a travel business with a small-group tour program that brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually. Each year, the company contributes to a portfolio of climate-smart nonprofits, essentially paying a self-imposed carbon tax.
Steves spends about four months a year in Europe, researching guidebooks, fine-tuning his tour program, filming his TV show and making new discoveries for travelers. To recharge, he plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade mountains and spends time with his son, Andy, and daughter, Jackie. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.
Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
Meet the Musicians
Artistic and Music Director Designate Meet Alexander
Principal Pops Conductor Meet Jack
Artistic Partner Meet James
Associate Conductor Meet Radu
Assistant Conductor Meet Alvin
Described as “a thoughtful musician, extremely well prepared and meticulous in his approach” by the late Bernard Haitink, Alvin Ho, a native of Hong Kong, recently completed his two season tenure as assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was the first prize winner of the 2022 Princess Astrid International Conducting Competition in Trondheim, Norway. Previously, he served as assistant conductor at the Indiana Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2017 to 2020. He has worked internationally with orchestras throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Strings, Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Ho studied primarily with Arthur Fagen, Riccardo Muti and Bernard Haitink and has also worked with Garry Walker, Nicolás Pasquet, Neeme Järvi and Thomas Wilkins. He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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