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Jul 4, 2015


Some Special Concert Photos From Last Night



Jul 1, 2015

Photos of André on The Vrijthof Tonight in Maastricht


 Jayne Bailey who is in Maastricht, just took these (unusual) photos of André on the Vrijthof
climbing a ladder and posted them on our Facebook Group ... He's always hands on with everything!! ;-))

The Mystery of André Rieu Master of Detail

Exhibition and Scientific Book Unravel The Mystery of André Rieu
Master of Detail

André Rieu, stand-alone violinist, maestro and above all loved son of all of Maastricht. His world success in classical circles is dismissed with disdain. But the question always remains: "How does this Limburg citizen manage to do that?" Now simultaneously a book and an exhibition reveal a little corner of the secret of his success formula: "Perfection and emotion!"

Nuts, that distain for popular culture.
by Marie-Therese Roosendaal

De Telegraaf: Radetzkymarch, Funiculi Funicula, the Blue Danube, Adieu mein Kleiner Gardeoffizier, Viennese blood, Auld Lang Syne, Sirtaki, Don’t cry for me Argentina. The evergreens are a constant fixture at André Rieu’s concerts, the man who gave the waltz new life. Three scientists working in Rieu's home of Maastricht were surprised that no one had ever seriously examined the phenomenon, André Rieu, and so off to work they went. Their book, "Rieu, Maestro without borders" unravels his success formula. Honorary professor of gender studies Maaike Meijer, who eagerly delves into the popular culture, was the spokesperson, and also spoke for her coauthors Jac van den Boogard and Peter Peters.

Life Songs
She wonders why André Rieu as a research project has been left alone for such a long time. Everyone says: "Hey, how is that possible! And that is that as though it speaks for itself. Nuts, really, that distain for popular culture, life is not only about Bach. The cultural spectrum is just great, rich and divers. I really like classical music and I am an omnivore. I love "Life Songs", the Jordaan (a district in Amsterdam) and the accordion. In a "life song" you can read an entire social development. Through fetlocks, and girls in high heels with Chihuahuas. When I had a girlfriend in Brabant, I enjoyed carnival music and operettas at her home. My first Rieu concert on the Vrijthof recalled an acute nostalgia of that time. "Tiritomba" immediately whisked back into that world." "Rieu always selects pieces which we have almost forgotten. That gives you an aha-moment: Oh, yes that is right, the waltz music of my parents. That enters unexpectedly and brings forth emotions." Conductor Rieu orchestrates that emotion. In classical concerts normally always the hands of musicians are only seen: Look at those violinists, how virtuous. That draws the viewer away from his own emotions. With Rieu the public is brought into view on the big screens; a waltzing couple, a mother who flips away a tear. To see people cry makes you cry, to see them laugh makes you laugh." He knows what he does: but it is more intuitive than conscious. It is based on experience. Before his break-through in 1994 with "The Second Waltz" by Sjostakovich, he had of course already performed in every "doghouse". For the elderly, for organizations. He knows what makes the public happy, or peaceful. And he lays it on thick, while with classical music one should always be composed, kind of flat and not full out. The orchestra members look fantastic, the ladies in ball gowns. It gives you the illusion of a
fairytale. And the bar is always set very high, everything goes into perfection.

Jokes
"From the operas he brings the emotionally laden arias. He then expresses his admiration for the great Puccini. And say: "Come in, classical music is also for you. Along with his orchestra he then jokes around: from the man with the triangle who fell asleep just before the crucial moment. The violinist who pretends he drank too much. It is jocular and carnival-like: people are allowed to laugh at the elite, may take revenge on their oppressors. That is reassuring: we are allowed to come in, and we are also allowed to laugh loudly. Ingenious how he lowers the threshold of the classical music." He is also a precursor to classical music, which in crisis does not know how to get full concert halls, tormenting their brains on how to turn the tide. They also want go out on the streets more often, the Amsterdam Canal Festival is a good example, or during the enthronement of Willem-Alexander, the performance of DJ Armin van Buuren with the Concert Building orchestra. And Rieu does it all by himself, clever, in a culture where since the fifties the building subsidy became ever higher. It is no secret that he would like to conquer the world, and he is well on his way: he is especially successful in Australia, more so than in the Netherlands and Germany. I guess that is because classical music there is less prescriptive and less averse to the state of the popular genre. And in America they think of Rieu as classic." Maaike Meijer enjoyed the performances: "Nicer than CD’s. The encores are a concert all by themselves. It is one folk fest, the public goes crazy. And me too!" Is the maestro sometimes accused of megalomania, which she too places in context: Of course Andre Rieu is megalomaniac! Without his great dreams he would never have come this far. But that millions around the world enjoy his music is his most important drive."

Pomp and Pageantry almost touchable
Below the portraits of his teachers, Robert Stolz and Herman Krebbers you find the sofa bed of André Rieu. Stella Schurgers laughs: "The real one! He has four, and one always accompanies him. Just prior to every concert he lies down for a little while in order to charge himself up again." Stella, a Maastricht Rieu fan from the first hour, sits ringside as a volunteer coordinator at the Museum on the Vrijthof. Tomorrow the André Rieu exposition "Love for Detail" opens. A museum, which otherwise just like André Rieu, runs without a penny of subsidy. Inspired director Erik de Jong states: "Made in Maastricht is our motto. And then you very quickly wind up with Maastricht’s favorite son. His story is now well known, so to go there again ...

Approach
He racked his brain about a new approach: "When I was in his studio I noticed images of Maastricht hanging on the wall. He told me he had sent a winter scene back to the artist since it did not depict snow. And although the artist pointed out the bare trees, winter for him means snow. OK, so she added snowflakes. And I had my theme; "Rieu’s eye for detail." I hesitate to use the word perfectionist, which to me indicates a fear of failure. He is not afraid; he just wants to make it precise. Stella Schurgers is admiring the Sissi dresses with the small waistlines and hoop skirts. "During the concerts on the Vrijthof from row 32 you only see the contours, now this pump and pageantry is almost touchable." 

In the museum a studio has been furnished, complete with ironing board and sewing machine. Small suitcases are lined up in a row: Every musician has his own suitcase, with their own things. Glittery pumps, a small makeup bag, jewelry, photo of the violinist on the inside of the suit case lid. "That means four times the same suit cases with the same identical contents. For everyone. That again is perfection. If one suitcase happens to be in Bucharest for a concert, the second one might be on its way to Australia for the next concert series."

Dresses
On the wall you can read the story how Rieu comes to the costume department with pictures of dresses he has seen in the series "The Tudors" and in the movie "The Other Boleyn Girl." "Get inspired and pay attention to the details" was his directive. The results are displayed on a mannequin, the blue- white dream dress of soloist Carla Maffioletti. In the museum even a ballroom has been laid out. Dance school Bernaards even placed dance steps of a waltz on the floor. Schurgers laughs: "I can see myself swirling around here! I have known André Rieu long before he became so big. With Hieringe Biete, eating herring pieces on Ash Wednesday, he always performed with the Salon Orchestra on Our Dear Ladies Square. (Onze Lieve Vrouwe plein) Even then he brought people into exaltation." Musical scores, a black and white photo of a little André with violin and all the program booklets. But the highlight of the exhibition is a live presentation: the Maastricht luthier Niels Rijsemus. Unperturbed he keeps on plaining wooden curls. Then he beams:"My first violin went to André. A great honor. And in 40 years from now I will still recognize that sound. The sound from the violin and from André Rieu."


Thanks to John for the Translation - his last before leaving for Europe on a well earned vacation!

Jun 26, 2015

Andre Rieu: How the Waltz King's Concerts 
Have Inspired a Cult Following

The Rieu audience’s experience does not begin with the first note of music. It starts as soon as they arrive at the hall – and it’s then that you need a sense of occasion, a welcoming ambience, ease and efficiency of finding refreshments, cloakrooms and loos, comfortable seating both inside the hall and in the foyers, and much more besides. Rieu’s audiences wave flags, sport merchandise and participate by purchasing these – presumably at the event – thus acquiring a sort of personal stake in the goings-on.

Jun 25, 2015

Duped Fans of Bankrupt Restaurant Offered an Alternative Dinner

Duped Fans of Bankrupt Restaurant Anna's Are Offered an Alternative Dinner

Maastricht Gezien by Laurens Bouvrie: Prime Minister Mark Rutte can be very proud of the Vrijthof entrepreneurs. These days they have shown their community spirit. In close consultation with André Rieu management, they are offering fans an alternative, which can be seen as an example of corporate social responsibility. Next to the terrace of Grand Café Basilica and next to the Gauchos terrace (where soon the terrace of the new Theater Hotel will be located), the majority of the disadvantaged fans will be seated for their dinner. In case those areas will not be enough room for all, others will be booked in alternative restaurants in town.

Pierre Rieu says he is very proud of the solution that has come about for his father's and JSO fans. Oscar Mans, owner of the Basilica restaurant, seconds this.

"André's intention to give the disadvantaged fans free new tickets for his concerts, was wonderful! The entrepreneurs thought they should also contribute so that the fans can enjoy. Now we can turn our intentions into deeds".


The chefs of the Basilica and Gauchos restaurants will have an extra hard job during the Rieu concerts of 2015. Normally these dinners give much stress, because the three courses of the dinners, have to be served in such a tight schedule, but this year the job will be extra hard. So be it. The chefs were consulted and they also agree that we have to do everything possible to give the duped fans a wonderful evening.

A big round of applause for André, the entrepreneurs and the chefs!!!

In cooperation with the trustee in bankruptcy of Anna's, the duped fans who had booked an arrangement, are requested to report via the e-mail address: annas@andrerieu.com or André's website www.andrerieu.nl

Translated by Ineke, edited by Sue (because John is in the plane to Holland). 

Jun 24, 2015

André Rieu and His Love For Detail


André Rieu and His Love For Detail

EXHIBITION: Exposition in the museum on the Vrijthof offers a look behind the scenes of the Maastricht artist and showman.

Up to and including 27 September, the exposition "Love for Detail" can be visited at the Museum on the Vrijthof. An exposition which in part explains the success of André Rieu:
"Striving for perfection."


De Limburger June 23rd by Guus Urlings: How do they know? Daphne Schrader of the Museum in Maastricht shrugs her shoulders. "No idea." But it is a fact: the exposition "Love for Detail" about the life and works of André Rieu was just barely in the planning stages when the museum was already receiving calls from all over the world asking when the opening date would be. "That just goes to show how incredibly popular André Rieu is." That popularity has also led the museum to be attentive to the motto "Made in Maastricht" and to put the in Maastricht born and raised violinist a little extra in the spotlight. But then different then different. It is not necessarily the person, the artist André Rieu which is being focused upon, but rather his love for detail, his pursuit of perfectionism. "For therein lies the secret of his success. Everything into the last detail is regulated, nothing escapes him. 

Nothing is left to chance, everything is very carefully prepared. Into the smallest details, really." That is immediately evident at the entrance of the exhibit, where a collection of dresses and suits can be seen, all worn by the soloist in various shows. "Almost all designed by Rieu himself, at least from the first instance. The ideas are his. He has in his head what he wants, often including the smallest creases and decorations, and so then it must ultimately be. That brings forth beautiful creations, such as the favorite dress of the "master" in which Carmen Monarcha performed more than three hundred times on stage.

To emphasize the motto of the exhibition "Love for Detail," the museum has scattered in almost all parts of the exhibition beautiful photographed details of all objects and jewels which are worn during the shows of André Rieu - of which he also is intensively involved – and they have come to be known to their own. They are draped on and in between a special collection of 19th century crystal from the museums own collection "from the time of Johann Strauss."

But there is much more to see

A (reconstructed) part of the studio of "the André Rieu firm," for example. With an ironing board, fabrics, buttons and everything else that is useful when designing and making clothing. A little further on the young Niels Rijsemus, a luthier, can be seen in his studio very carefully planing a wooden plank into what ultimately should become a violin. Because whoever says André Rieu, says violin, and it would be quite remarkable if he would not be a perfectionist in that area too. Has Rieu ever bought a violin made by him? "Two" Rijsmus says proudly.

A room further on is totally dedicated to the waltz, the favorite genre of André Rieu. And there - with a nice detail, this time thought out by the museum - on the floor a pattern of footprints which enables visitors to dance a waltz according to the rules. Still more? The inspiration room dedicated to the composers and musicians from whom André Rieu draws his musical inspiration and the books in which he seeks inspiration for the decors of his shows. Letters, programs, gold records and so on. Mandatory food for the fans, but also a must for those who (still) are not a fan.
Thanks to John for the Translation of this article! 

Jun 20, 2015

André Rieu To Come To The Aid of 700 Fans

Rieu To Come To The Aid of 700 Fans

That André Rieu is not the easiest but certainly not the worst individual, is already known in Maastricht. Yet the generous gesture of the conductor to come to the rescue of more than 700 dubed fans from home and abroad is today without a doubt, the talk of the day in the provincial capital.

The Limburger by Laurens Schellen - André Rieu comes to the aid of more than 700 domestic and foreign fans and helps them in an unorthodox manner. They have been seriously disadvantaged through the bankruptcy proceedings of hotel-restaurant Anna's on the Vrijthof. The fans, which include entire families and families and friends, have through the recently bankrupt HORECA business purchased an all-inclusive package, including a multi-course dinner and an eventual overnight stay, booked and paid for in advance for one of the seven Rieu concerts at the Vrijthof next month. In answer to questions from this newspaper curator Joep Tummers, who is overseeing the bankruptcy, revealed that the hotel sold many non delivered Rieu- arrangements in the amount of almost seventy thousand Euros’. The cheapest combo ticket (without accommodation) Anna’s was charging, was almost eighty Euros per person. Many of the victims are irate about the course of business and have reported fraud and scams to the police.

After careful consideration, none other than André Rieu himself is now coming to the rescue of these victims. Son Pièrre Rieu, production manager of the Maastricht violinist, confirmed yesterday afternoon that all affected will at no extra cost "be guaranteed" access to one of the Vrijthof concerts. "We'll simply arrange that." Furthermore Rieu junior is very busy negotiating with the unified catering entrepreneurs in Maastricht to offer the affected fans a free multi-course dinner in one of the restaurants in the downtown area prior to the concert. "During the course of next week, I expect to have a clear answer to this matter. I am hopeful, because the Maastricht hospitality industry has to maintain its name and reputation. To be honest, the events surrounding this bankruptcy are obviously not good advertising. It would be very nice if we all can repair the damage this way together," says Rieu Jr.

The seven Vrijthof concerts of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra are virtually sold out.


Thanks to John for this and it's Translation

Jun 16, 2015

Ineke and Ruud With André Rieu in Bucharest!

Ineke and Ruud in Bucharest!
Seven Sold Out Concerts in front of the former Ceausescu Palace, now Parliaments building. For a report of the preparations, concerts, fan picnic and our own experiences in Bucharest - Click on the link ... Ineke

Jun 11, 2015

Platin Tenor Eric Reddet in Bucharest

Platin Tenor Eric Reddet in Bucharest
"After three magical days in this fantastic country, here we go for the next four concerts. It is going well and we are all enjoying ourselves!!" (Eric, the new addition to the Platin Tenor's posted this picture on his Facebook before tonights concert). It's a nice close-up picture of him and wanted to post it on here for those of you who don't have Facebook.

Jun 8, 2015

"Laura Engel" the Chilean/Dutch soprano who we all know from her singing with André, will be performing a few Mini Concerts this July in Maastricht. So if you are going to be there for André's concerts, click here on  Ineke and Ruud's Movie Site for more details on seeing Laura!

Jun 5, 2015

The First Concert in Bucharest Tonight
Add the overwhelming sweet smell of lime-tree blossom to this picture and the sound of an enthusiastic audience of 12.000 Romanians ;-) then you have an impression of our concert here in Bucharest ... (From Franks Steijns Facebook Page).

Jun 2, 2015

André Rieu Surprised His First Love

André Rieu Surprised His First Love

June 1, 2015 - André Rieu may be very happy with his wife Marjorie, but his very first love was still Tiny Aerts. This past weekend he put her in the spotlight.

"Tiny was so beautiful and blonde, that I fell in love with her and could only stare at her," says André Rieu. But, we have to explain that at that time he was only 5 years old and Tiny was his very first violin teacher. "You can understand that I had a lot of trouble concentrating, I heard absolutely nothing of what she said."

"Miss" Tiny just turned 80 years old and that was the reason for André to surprise her with a surprise party. And she loved that from her student who became so very famous. (Caption with top picture - "She was the mother of a lot ... Frank was with her also").
Thanks to John for the Translation.

May 28, 2015

Hotel Bankruptcy Has Duped Many André Rieu Fans

Bankruptcy Disappoints Rieu-Fans
Declared bankrupt hotel-restaurant in Maastricht sold possibly hundreds of concert packages

The bankruptcy of hotel-restaurant Anna's on the Vrijthof in Maastricht has seriously duped an unknown number of André Rieu fans.

May 29 - The Limburger: by Laurens Schellen - Probably at least several tens and possibly hundreds of enthusiasts of the stand-alone violinist have booked and paid for one of Rieu's concerts on the Vrijthof in July at Anna’s on the Vrijthof for an all-in arrangement (with multi-course dinner and possible overnights). For the cheapest package (without accommodation) the company charged almost 80 Euros per person. The guests had to pay the full amount when they made their reservations.

This HORECA establishment, however, was declared bankrupt this week. Last year Anna’s sold several hundred packages for the André Rieu-concert series, which well informed sources confirmed.

The family "de Vries" from Alphen aan de Rijn is one of the victims. "Five years in a row now we come to Maastricht for Rieu. This time for variety we chose the terrace of Anna's. Early January though I booked three packages for which we immediately had to transfer the full amount of funds (almost 240 Euros). When I called last month to ask where the tickets were, we heard nothing more. Precisely now, we would take our birthday celebrating granddaughter. In a short time she will be taken violin lessons from no less one of André Rieu’s orchestra members " says Isse de Vries. In the meantime he has filed for fraud.

Owner Anna Raemaekers was unavailable for comment yesterday. Liquidator Joep Tummers says he does not know how many of the André Rieu fans have been duped. "I still have to sort that all out yet. I will take everything into account."

The VVV (Tourist Office) speaks of a "very annoying thing." Spokesperson Robert Hoogenboom stresses, however, that his organization cannot do anything for the victims. "The sales by Anna’s were run entirely outside of us."

The liquidator offered the victims last night still a glimmer of hope. "In consultation with André Rieu, we will examine the possibility whether there is still room for a settlement for them."

Thanks to John for this news and  the Translation of it.

May 27, 2015

"Rieu Removes the Stiffness From the Classics"

"Rieu Removes the Stiffness From the Classics"
Scientists examined secret worldwide success of Maastricht violinist

Yesterday afternoon in the museum on the Vrijthof the first copy of the book 
"Rieu, Maestro without borders/limits" was presented to André Rieu

May 27 - The Limburger by Peter van de Berg

Oops, Maaike Meijer strikes a nerve. When the cultural sociology and co-author of the book "André Rieu, maestro without borders/limits" refers to the waltz as "cornier than corny", the world-famous conductor raised his voice ...

"Hey, hey, hey" is the sound from the crowded lobby of the museum on the Vrijthof. André Rieu shakes his head as he stuffs a handful of peanuts in his mouth. "The waltz is not corny. Yes, then I am a little upset when something like that is being said," was the violinists reaction after Martin Paul – Chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Maastricht – presented him the first copy of the book.

Scientists Maaike Meijer, Jac van den Boogard and Peter Peters thoroughly scrutinized the "phenomenon" Rieu this past year. They analyzed the worldwide success of the Stand-alone violinist, followed Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra behind the scenes during performances abroad, attended rehearsals and interviewed the maestro, some of his orchestra members and other employees. They saw how "the King of Waltz" bridges the gap between high and low culture and how he gives classical music a new dimension. Therefore, the observation of Meijer about the old-fashioned character of the waltz was not meant negatively. She tried to show that Rieu has stripped away the dusty image of the waltz through his cheerful square celebrations."

Rieu has ensured that the stiffening of classical music has disappeared, by presenting concerts in a loose, festive and social way. According to gender expert Meijer, she and her colleagues were more than welcome by André. "He told his orchestra members," They are thoroughly going to research us. I already have had my turn. They dug deep into me, but it did not hurt."

With a smile Rieu listens to her words. He has already read the book, of course, but has not at all discovered anything new about himself. "I am honored with this scientific approach. Normally this study is bestowed upon someone who is considered to be dead for two hundred years. I make music with respect for everyone. I exclude no one. Compositions which make me cry also touch the audience emotionally. Johann Strauss already did that in the city park of Vienna. I do it on the Vrijthof, and that happens to be just a much nicer square."

From 21 June until 28 September the exposition "Andre Rieu – Love for detail" will take place in the Museum on the Vrijthof. The expo highlights Rieu’s music, life and career.

Thanks to John for this article and his Translation

May 26, 2015

For André Rieu Fans ... !!


May 27 - The Limburger: For André Rieu fans, the house where the famous violinist and conductor grew up can no longer be missed. Since yesterday there is a plaque on the property on the Begijnenstreet in Maastricht. It is a work of art, created by the Maastricht sculptress Desiree Tonnaer, and was donated by the city coucil because of the 65th birthday of André Rieu. The plaque was unveiled in the presence of the musician himself and Mayor Onno Hoes.
Thanks to John for this and his Translation

May 24, 2015

A Plaque For André Rieu's Childhood Home

A Plaque For André Rieu's Old House

May 24, 2015 The Limburger: At the house on the Begijnen street in Maastricht where André grew up, a plaque will be unveiled on Tuesday evening. The famous violinist/conductor and Mayor Onno Hoes will be present for this occasion. The artwork (for the plaque) was created by the Maastricht sculptress, Desiree Tonnaer.

The city of Maastricht offers this plaque as a gift to the violinist and conductor for his 65th birthday. In October Rieu reached that age.

Thanks to Ineke for the article and John for his translation


UPDATE - André unveiling the plaque at his childhood house today (Tuesday) with Mayor Onno Hoes. 
(Thanks to Christine for the photo).

May 19, 2015

Rieu Creates Swaying At a Filled Square

Maastricht scientists follow orchestra leader for a year and a half to explain his formula for success

Rieu Creates Swaying At a Filled Square

In the book "Rieu, Maestro Without Borders" the scientists Maaike Meijer, Peter Petersen and Jac van den Boogard take the secret success of André Rieu under scrutiny.


The Limburger by Peter van de Berg: The formula for success is very simple. André Rieu is a master in creating "a square filled with swaying." It seems simple, but behind his approach in trying to tie the audience together with a sense of community, often has hidden logic, which goes contrary to all the artistic laws.

So states cultural sociologist and gender expert Maaike Meijer in her book "Rieu, Maestro without Borders" which she and her fellow scientists Peter Peters and Jac van den Boogard, all of the University of Maastricht wrote. André Rieu has a reverence for classical music but also likes to deviate from that. He has stripped his repertoire from solemnity and stiffness. His shows are airy in nature and therefore he waltzes literally over the prejudices." In aversion to the cultural elite who have little or no respect in the manner in which the famous stand-alone-violinist presents his performances to his audience.

Ever since the first day the Maastricht violinist and his Johann Strauss orchestra harvested worldwide success the condemnations by the critics are not light at all. Maaike Meijer admits that initially she too viewed the concerts of "phenomenon Rieu" with some of her own skepticism."I was part of that elite group and had an aversion to massive events. But when I went to the Vrijthof, matters changed." The shows start right away with a climax when Rieu and his musicians enter through the audience to the music of "Seventy-six Trombones." "A thoughtful approach that instantly creates a festive mood and creates an atmosphere of togetherness amongst the spectators." Maaike Meijer is convinced that ultimately the protectors of the "great art" will come about. "Look at André Hazes. He has long been reviled. Suddenly everyone raved about with him. You cannot understand culture if you are not open to the popular segment."


Meijer, Peters and van den Boogard followed Rieu and his orchestra intensely for a year and a half. They accompanied him to concerts in Istanbul, Amsterdam and London. They were also present at the concerts in Maastricht. The Maestro afforded them the opportunity to watch extensive from behind the scenes, to be present at rehearsals and spoke to the orchestra leader, his musicians and other employees of the Rieu Company. According to the scientists Rieu is so immensely popular because he presents an integrated work of art in which emotions play a major role. "He puts it all out there.
Music combined with a tantalizing sense of images creates a sense of nostalgia. When someone becomes emotional, it becomes easy for other people too to let their feelings run free. Human emotions are contagious. His camera people have developed a sense of finding the right people from the audiences and to bring them broadly into view. That creates a flow which then easily spreads to other spectators." Meijer notes that Rieu largely acts on intuition. "Not everything he does is new. In fact, he returns his massive performances back to the folk feasts of centuries ago. Music back then too was largely focused on city squares. We are in a phase of creating festivities. People like to be together. Repetition in the world of cultural is quite normal. Rieu’s public is not geared up every year to see an entirely new program. For them it is important to just "be there."

One thing is certain: André Rieu cannot be copied. Meijers: "There is some thought within the company about how to proceed when the time comes when he can no longer perform. They would rather not talk about that. A ready-made solution is not immediately at hand. Rieu and his musicians live in the present and that is what they continue to do."

Thank you to John for this and his Translation

May 18, 2015

Marc Rieu Shows His Art Works and Paints Skies

Marc Rieu Shows His Art Works and Paints Skies  
Maastricht local, by Cindy Verhoef

Saturday, May 16th: Soon, for the sixth time he will exhibit with his artworks in the Vrijthof Theatre, but last week art painter Marc Rieu was in the south of the country participating in a workshop and painting skies. Together with ten students he traveled through Belgian and Dutch Limburg to capture the beauty of nature on canvas.

Sunday at dawn he started in Plombières. "Painting skies is not quite so easy. There are certain factors you as a painter should keep in mind. The sunlight changes constantly and therefore you should only keep visualizing just one position. Otherwise, it all runs together and you’ll continuously be busy. You also need to take the time into account."

Monday, Chateau Beusdael was on the agenda. And Tuesday, he departed for Belgian Hombourg. To find a subject comes easily for the Maastricht artist. "My eye has to catch something immediately. Something in the surrounding area which gives me a feeling right away. And normally that is what it will turn out to be." It's the second time that Marc participated in the workshop of painting skies. Last year he traveled to nearby Venice where he painted the beautiful Italian scenery. And painting skies means that the artists have to create their works in the open air. "It is important that you first fill the canvas. Otherwise you will stare yourself blind on a white surface. For this I prefer to use pastel shades. Soft pink, yellow, the underlying colors connecting the objects with each other and so you achieve a nice finished product afterwards. "

Ships at sea
"During the course we use canvases of 30 by 40 cm. These are more feasible for the time involved. There are still a lot of hours involved in producing a finished product. I have been commissioned to create a painting of 1.50 by 2 meters. It is my biggest project ever. What it is going to be? It will be something nautical. A seascape. Ships on the open sea …. with beautiful clouds, of course. "

Dream Works
Clouds are typically the trade mark of Marc's paintings. In many of his works a cloud deck can be admired. Even landscapes are his favorites. He describes his own style as "suggestive illusionism." This self made-up word he likes to further explain it as: "In my paintings, I offer suggestions of reality to the viewer. I like to magically change reality on a canvas with my brush as a wand and hope to bring out your curiosity with a playful character."

The paintings of Marc literally fly all around the world. "Off to Jordan, South America, Africa, you name it. There's a couple from Australia who visit my exhibition every year. And that makes working a lot of fun." Painting in order to become rich is not necessary for Marc. "I'm rich because of my wife, my children. I paint for them, as an example, to pay for food."


The exhibition at the Vrijthof Theatre starts July 3, simultaneously with the show of his father André.


The pictures below were taken last year during his exposition in the Theater on the Vrijthof

Thank You! To John for the Translation of This Article

May 14, 2015

André Rieu At The Museum on The Vrijthof

André Rieu At The Museum on The Vrijthof

Actually, there is no better place, nor a better time to think of than now. In the museum on the Vrijthof, a mere twenty meters from the place where the stage will be during the annual Vrijthof concerts, a special exhibition about André Rieu under the title of: "Attention to Detail" will be shown.

By Jo Cortenraedt: Chapeau Magazine - It is the first time that a separate exhibition will be held for the phenomenon André Rieu. The exhibition, arranged in collaboration with the family Rieu, will be highlighting both musical and personal elements of André’s life and career. Articles having to do with his concerts are being exhibited. Visitors can now closely experience how, on the basis of this experience the "king of waltz" works to realize his musical dream.

During the exhibition, the visitor will get an idea of how far André Rieu’s love for detail goes. How does he work with his choice of music? What happens during rehearsals? Visitors can now see up close how the dresses are finished with jewelry. Personal documents from his life which have never been seen before and never before seen video footage will give visitors an intimate look at the world of André Rieu and his shows. The Vrijthof museum usually chooses a theme which fits within the general principle of "Made in Maastricht” and that can certainly be said about André Rieu.


He will be back on the Vrijthof the first two weeks of July with his entire orchestra, to deliver a special evening to a total of ten thousand people from all around the world.

The exhibition runs from June 21 to September 27
www.museumaanhetvrijthof.nl.
  • Thanks to Ineke for the article and John’s ©Translation

May 8, 2015

André Rieu Has Now Been Scientifically Explained

André Rieu Has Now Been Scientifically Explained

André Rieu is one of the biggest Dutch export products. His success knows no boundaries and he is known all over the world. But what is the secret behind this success? The book "Rieu, Maestro without Borders" casts a scientific look at his prestige. ''Classical music is in trouble. André Rieu is a kind of a symptom of that. He shows that it also can be done differently,'' according to the researcher and author of the book, Maaike Meijer.

Chapeau Magazine - Friday, May 8: André Rieu’s worldwide success has now been scientifically explained. Three scientists from the University of Maastricht have in a scientific report, recorded in a book of 272 pages, examined the international reputation of the Maastricht musician, and analyzed and explained it.

According to the researchers, Jac van den Boogard, Maaike Meijer and Peter Peters, Rieu is the symbol of a counter reaction against the far-reaching individualization of society. "Modern people still like to be together and feel the warmth of a nest, wanting to belong. André Rieu offers all those feelings on the squares and in the halls where he performs with his orchestra.

There, where young people are given opportunities to 'go crazy' during pop concerts, dance festivals etc, older people rarely have that chance. "But at the André Rieu’s concerts, they can completely go out of their minds, in their own ways, emotionally, and if need be, into tears.

The analysis of Rieu’s success even goes back to the 17th and 18th centuries when baroque music was then meant to please people and allow them to dance. Waltz music originally was a folk dance. Slowly it found its way into the concert hall. "Rieu uses it in such a manner that the waltz literally is dance music again and thereby making the roots of the waltz visible again to a popular culture." The researchers are thereby also trying to make it clear and prove that the origin of André Rieu’s music is not well understood by the criticisms regularly heard and posted by the present day "serious classical music critic." "Rieu focuses on festivals of unprecedented proportions which fit into a contemporary cultural experience."

According to the researchers the music, and the manner in which André Rieu arranges it, brings forth old memories into his audience, and brings many to tears. "And that creates a reaction in the brain, an involuntary reaction which revitalizes old sources of emotion."

Another source of André Rieu’s success is formed according to the UM study in the Limburg region, his native land. "Rieu's magnificence, the shows and the region all encourage Rieu in all forms of love for his own country and culture, and to a large extent is understandable from Rieu's Limburg origin. Musical traditions and styles emerge in various ways in his concerts. But his popularity which has spread far beyond the borders says a lot about how culture is globalizing. Interestingly enough, Rieu delivers Asian, American, South African and East European audiences a similar experience of nostalgic solidarity and collective joy. Rieu travels so that the audience feels at home."



In a first reaction, Jo Cortenraedt, editor of Chapeau and L1 producer at Radio 1 (NPO) said that this book has done a good and serious attempt in its research, and without prejudice in all facets of André Rieu’s success. "And the most important element of his success is, that he himself is still on stage every night and having so much fun. Something the researchers witnessed personally with their own eyes and ears."
Thank you to Bobbie for sending this and John for Translating it!

UPDATED Tuesday, May 26th: Maaike Meijer, Peter Peters and Jac van den Boogard are the authors of the book . Martin Paul handed the first "Rieu, Maestro Without Borders" copy to André Rieu himself this afternoon!
Thank you to Jayne for the picture.

May 5, 2015

We Wish You All The Best Thomas!

Bela announced this on his Facebook today ... "It's with sadness that Gary and I have to announce that after ten years and more than a 1000 shows together, Thomas has decided to leave the Platin Tenors for personal reasons. Farewell Thomas, we wish you all the best."

And so we introduce our new Platin Tenor, Eric! 
We're happy to have him and look forward to being on stage together, please give him a warm welcome and wish him luck!

Apr 27, 2015

André Rieu's Son Speaks Out About His Exceptional Youth

Star Violinist’s Son Speaks Out About His Exceptional Youth

Marc Rieu is the oldest son of André, the son who does not work in the company. In Privé the artist speaks about his exceptional youth and the moment in which his father went from an unknown to world fame. He was amazed at the change in the way people interacted with him. First I was bullied, later everyone wanted to be my friend.

By Boris van Zonneveld: Although Pierre works as vice president for father André’s company, his oldest son Marc, chose a different path. He is an artist and exhibits his workings this summer during his father's concerts in the Theater on the Vrijthof in Maastricht. "I do not work in the company, which is my choice." says Marc. "But I do make good use of my last name." Six years ago his career took off. Back then I asked my father if he would like it if I could show my paintings during his concerts, basically just for the fun of it. At first I brought 36 paintings, and after the two weekend performances of my Dad, I was two-thirds sold out. So I thought: "We’ll do this again." Now there are real collectors who return every year. "Since that time I have slightly raised my prizes. They vary between two and three thousand Euros per canvas. 

Painting is my profession, and from that I have to support a wife and two children. The expositions during the concerts provide a nice income, but it is not all about that. "Two years ago I had sold everything in Maastricht and on the last day an Australian lady came up to me and said that I must be pretty rich by now. I replied: "Do you know why I am so rich now? It is because I have a beautiful wife and two healthy children. I only need those painting in order to feed them." Then it was quiet and she said: "If you maintain that thought for the rest of your life, you will go far."

Violin lessons

Marc Rieu, educated as an art historian, plays piano, but not the violin, although during his formative years he did receive lessons in the instrument that brought his father fame. André’s Dad, André Sr. was the Limburg Symphony Orchestra’s conductor. He had his son play the violin from the age of five. There was less pressure with Marc. "We did receive violin lessons, but not every day just before going to school. My father thinks it's important that we do what we enjoy and what interests us. Only then will you stick with it until you die. I also want to give my children that."

Pierre once said in an interview: "My three-years-older brother and I have been raised fairly free. Although certain expectations were placed upon us. For instance; every summer we went to a language camp for three weeks, a different country every year". Marc laughed when the language camp was brought up. "We actually did language courses. The reason; my father thought it was important that we always did something useful. Playing outside was alright as long as we were doing something. Like playing soccer. We were not allowed to just hang out. Once one of our mother’s old colleagues who had studied German came by and asked: "Marjorie, why not send your boys to a language camp." The rest is history. "Pierre and I spent the next three summers, three weeks each in Germany. There was only one language: German. But, I also took four more summer courses in French in France and Belgium and spent two summers in Paris. Those were a week and a half with a Flemish organization for Flemish children who had to learn French. We were the only Dutch children." During summer vacation there was also time for "the family." First we took a language course, and afterwards we went with our parents on a three weeks vacation. The summer was one of the few times that we were all free."

Bullied

School was not always easy for Marc. "My father did not have an every day job. For two years, when he was still unknown I was being bullied. Back then, a locally known father, the wrong schoolbag … they always found something. Halfway though I changed schools because it became unbearable. Marc’s world changed when André broke through nationally in 1994. "We moved to inside Maastricht. I went to a second secondary school. Everyone all of the sudden wanted to be my friend, classmates helped me with my homework, everyone was nice. The first few months I walked around with a sense of: "Where are the remarks about my father, my schoolbag?" - but that did not happen.

With the rising popularity of André the indecent proposals by women also came about. When he became famous, we began to recognize those women by their envelopes, which had been soaked with some sort of penetrating perfume. When you see those women after a concert revealing their cleavage to my father while sticking a pen in his hand and would he please place his signature on their chest ..." 


Now André is a world star and Marc did not see that coming. But now it is quite self-evident. It is still very nice and wonderful. I look at it with one percent disbelief and ninety-nine percent pride. That only one percent of disbelief consists of everything I have experienced from the beginning. The salon orchestra, with which he played in a retirement home in front of a hundred people. And where Pierre, a friend and I dressed up as "the Three Kings" were allowed to sing a song. And now I am on the Vrijthof in the middle of the other ten thousand fans and I think: "Isn’t it still a little weird that it is your dad who is providing all these people the evening of their lives." He has got it together. That is, saying it in Maastrichts, very posh.


Thanks to Ineke for the article and John for his ©Translation

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