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In this unique one-hour special, Rick Steves – America's leading authority on European travel – plays musical tour guide and 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, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner, and Verdi. The music is accompanied by a montage of evocative video images from each country.