From Berlin to Budapest with Performance Today

Discover Danube's Finest

It's our pleasure to welcome you aboard Discover Danube's Finest. This classical cruise from Performance Today features stops in Berlin, Leipzig, Salzburg, Vienna, and more. We'll be joined by special guest Andrew Staupe, a PT Artist in Residence who debuted to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall and has performed with symphonies nationwide.

Join us as we explore the capital cities of classical music, wandering local streets, strolling through marvelous museums, and savoring unique dining. We'll celebrate history's greatest composers, from Bach and Mozart to Beethoven and Schumann, visiting their homes, seeing the locations that inspired them, and following in their footsteps.

Performance Today's 30th Anniversary Cruise

Italian Passages with Fred Child

Former Performance Today Young Artist in Residence, violinist Anthea Kreston will be sailing with us on our privately chartered river ship in Italy this spring! Anthea is an American, recently relocated to Berlin to become a member of the distinguished Artemis Quartet. PT host Fred Child and Anthea will hold several “perf-chats” about the lives and times of Italian composers and perform arrangements exclusively for our guests both on-board as well as in private venues.

Dear Friends,

2017 marks Performance Today’s 30th Anniversary and you are invited to celebrate with me and public radio classical musical enthusiasts from around the country and the world as we set sail on an exquisite and private chartered river ship through the cradle of classical music — Northern Italy, May 26 – June 4, 2017!

From the invention of the piano, to the system of musical notation, music lovers know that Italy made huge contributions to the development and establishment of what we today call "classical music." From "Perf Chats" aboard the ship to private recitals in iconic settings like the Stradivarius Museum and the Basilica of Saint Mark, we’ll deepen our understanding and appreciation for some of the most iconic of all Italian classical composers, including Vivaldi, Paganini, Verdi, Pergolesi, Corelli, Puccini, just to name a few. We’ll share delicious meals, fine wines and great conversation as we experience the cultural and panoramic splendor of this rich and luxurious country.

As the host of Performance Today®, I am both honored and humbled to host America’s most-listened-to classical musical program. I believe this classical music adventure is truly worthy of Performance Today’s 30th Anniversary, and your travels will support the programming that you enjoy all year-long. I hope you join me for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration in Italy next year!



Host, Performance Today

Kerri Miller

A Literary Adventure in Chile and Argentina

Roaming Patagonia

Fellow Book Lovers —

Book lovers know that Argentina and Chile is a paradise for readers. Here is your invitation to join me February 3 - 14, 2017 on Roaming Patagonia: A Literary Adventure in Chile and Argentina. This custom-designed trip is a literary exploration of the history, people and landscape that has staged the best pages of Argentine, Patagonian and Chilean literature.

Our journey begins in Santiago, home to literary giants Isabelle Allende, Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. We’ll deep dive into Chile’s rich and complex history through book discussions in Chilean vineyards and delicious locally-sourced meals.

Our adventure will then take us to the southern tip of South America to the famed Patagonia region. From the Andes to the ocean, our small group will come to understand the writings of explorers who wrote of this immense, rugged and exotic area of the world.

Our adventure continues as we fly north to Buenos Aires. While there we will visit the homes and haunts of authors like Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar. The city overflows with bookstores and cafes - from fancy and irresistible to well-worn shelters, including the breathtaking El Ateno Grand Splendid, a renovated 100-year-old theater-cum-bookstore that appears on every Top 10 Best Independent Bookstore in the World list.

The goal of all my literary-themed trips is for each guest to have a greater understanding of a destination…and yourself…through the words, sights and streets of the authors who wrote there. Like F. Scott’s Paris, Italy’s Literati, and Hemingway’s Cuba, this adventure will be “one for the books.”

Spots are limited for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure so reserve yours today. This trip will be take place over Valentine’s Day next year – what a way to celebrate! See the full itinerary and trip details at or by calling Earthbound Expeditions at 1-800-723-8454 today.



Brian Newhouse

A Musical Exploration of Cuba

Rhythm of Cuba

Dear Adventurous Music Lovers —

I’d love for you to join me for a trip-of-a-lifetime. We’re going to embark on a musical exploration of Cuba. Our trip, Rhythm of Cuba, is set for November 5 – 13, 2016. Despite its relatively small size, Cuba has made some of the most influential contributions to music of any country in the world. With a unique history and a vibrant culture, Cuba holds an opportunity for a truly memorable musical adventure.

We’re taking a small group of Classical MPR music lovers. We’ll walk Havana’s streets where the windows are always open to let the Caribbean breeze in and music — all kinds of music — sails out and into the streets. We’re crafting a custom itinerary for you that includes private performances, music schools, jazz clubs, artist interviews, and university recitals. We’ll meet some of Cuba’s most talented, passionate, resourceful and resilient musicians. And no trip to Cuba would be complete without flavorful cuisine, a classic car ride, and a crisp beverage at one of Ernest Hemingway’s haunts. If you’ve always wanted to try a Cuban cigar, we can take care of that, too!

Last May, I was honored to host the historic live broadcasts of two Minnesota Orchestra concerts from Havana. From the moment I arrived, the Cuban people wrapped us in a surprising and genuine warmth. It will remain a highlight of my life — having grown up during the Cold War — to hear the Cuban and American national anthems played one after the other by the Orchestra in Havana’s Teatro Nacional; to see thousands of Cubans in tears at that moment; and to have my ears ring from the wild ovation afterward.

As a country, Cuba is at a historic intersection of timelessness and change. So many of the Cubans I met in May are eager for this new world. They’re intensely and justly proud of their country and its rich culture, and they want to meet and make friends with their northern neighbor. It will be a career highlight and a deep pleasure to host you on this trip and create one-of-a-kind experiences for our passionate and dedicated MPR audience.

This trip is a unique opportunity and will fill quickly, so reserve your spot today. See full trip itinerary and trip details by visiting or call Earthbound Expeditions at 1-800-723-8454.

Viva la Musica!

Brian Newhouse

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam

Delight in Cuba's music, food and culture!

Havana with a Twist

Who said dinner parties had to be held at home?

Consider this your invitation to the ultimate *roving* dinner party in one of the most intriguing travel destinations in the world: Cuba!

Every week on our show, we introduce you to the most interesting and up-to-the-minute people in the culture, food and cocktail worlds. This November, join us as we introduce you to an entire country! With the help of friends on the island we’ve arranged a fun and creative trip through the essential and unique parts of Cuba’s societal fabric. On the itinerary: music, arts, gastronomy, history, natural beauty and, of course, cocktails!

From late-night jazz and perfectly crafted cocktails to conversations with authors and multi-course meals, together we’ll explore and experience this unique island that is currently at the intersection of timelessness and change.

The table is set but chairs are limited. This trip will sell out quickly, so reserve your spot today. See full trip itinerary and trip details by visiting or call Earthbound Expeditions at 1-800-723-8454.


Brendan & Rico

Fred Child

Experience Four Countries of Classical Music

A Waltz Down the Danube

Calling all Classical Music Enthusiasts,

It would be my pleasure to host you on A Waltz Down the Danube, a classical music adventure on the beautiful blue Danube River next spring, 2016. We will explore some of the capitals of classical music including Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. We’ll examine the lives and hear the works of the world’s most influential composers including Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Wagner, Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Mahler.

Get insider access to spectacular venues, concerts and activities, including a private concert at both the Schumann home in Leipzig and the Liszt Academy in Budapest. You will also attend a concert in Vienna, at either the world-renowned State Opera House or Musikverein. Plus live classical performances and musical interviews aboard our intimate river ship, and an exclusive private concert with champagne at Vienna’s Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years.

The 2015 trip sold out in 11 days. Space is limited. I look forward to sailing with you April 28 – May 9, 2016. Reserve your spot before November 15 and save!