This day honors Christopher Columbus, the Genovese explorer, who, sailing under the Spanish flag, ignored the commonly-held fear of falling off the edge of the earth and travelled across the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of discovering a new trade route to the East. It’s a good day for hearing the music of Italian and Spanish composers and performers, or music about those two countries. Be listening today for music by Verdi, Vivaldi, Aguado, performed by Segovia, I Musici, Pollini to name a few. And while you're sipping an espresso and munching on cannoli (of course!), take a look at the replicas of the Niña and Pinta built by the Columbus Foundation, and the video that shows what it would have looked like if Columbus had made it all the way to Iowa.