The city has long been a major attraction for all walks of life, with its unique and ever-changing mix of social, artistic and economic opportunities. The city writes its own history through the traces left by everyone who has ever lived and worked in this urban fabric. Urban Renaissance is a tribute to this urban history. This program connects the music of the early European urban dynasties with that of the typical American urban environment of the 21st century. And amid all this we seek the escape to the idyllic – and perhaps some utopian – environment of the countryside.