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Mar 28, 2020

André Rieu To Appeal To Government If Necessary

The "King of the Waltz" Wants To Appeal To The Government If Necessary

De Telegraph/Privé, by Evert Santegoeds

André Rieu: "After Trumps speech we immediately flew back"

The sounds of André Rieu's Johann Strauss orchestra are for the time being silent. The concerts of the Waltz King who normally plays music all over the world, have been canceled all over the planet. André and his people were in America when the corona crisis hit mercilessly. And after hearing Donald Trump, he did not know how fast he had to return home. His entire empire is at a standstill. "I cannot rule out that I too will have to knock on the governments door," says the affected Rieu to Privé.

For André Rieu (70) and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, these are also dramatic times. The world famous orchestra leader, who has been home now for several weeks in Maastricht, is still hopeful that the virus will not disrupt everyone's lives for too long. He had to cancel eight concerts in the United States. He and his entire entourage had travelled there, but only one concert in Florida could be performed."After that it was over and done. We of course had adapted to strict government measures. When President Trump announced that he was going to cut air traffic home for some time, I knew enough and we immediately flew back ..."

Government Support

For the time being the agenda for April is empty. There are concerts planned in May for Cologne. The traditional summer concerts on the Vrijthof in Maastricht have currently NOT been cancelled. He does not dare to think about that, but André says, "if this is really going to take a long time, we may also have to ask for support from the government, who has announced a package of measures for entrepreneurs."

The star artist from Limburg is currently missing out on a lot of income, while his costs are continuing. He is not immune to the situation but says, "I am and remain positive and hope that this drama, world-wide will not last too long for everyone. Of course we cannot maintain this for eternity. 

I am also responsible for my orchestra members and their families, who are now all together at home." And they too remain positive. "I have a lot of contact with them via Face Time and Skype. A few days ago, we all 'together' played "Ode an die Freude" (All men shall be brothers). I received a lot of videos from which we made a clip and are going to post that, Very nice and emotional, we wanted to lift each other up. It is also admirable what musicians do. That in Italy, where the virus has caused so much misery, the people can bring joy from their balconies and open windows"...

None Of The Orchestra Is Sick Yet

Can you imagine how it will go on?

Up until now we have been lucky to find new dates for all cancelled concerts. We'll catch up with the performances in  England and Ireland in September, Hamburg and Bremen in October. The concerts which we would be doing now in the United States have been moved to next year. Even more performances have been planned there! At the end of October we hope to perform for the first time in Oslo. We have many fans there. Although we do not come together, we continue to work very hard.  But of course much depends on how long all this is going to take. Luckily no concerts have permanently been canceled. Everyone wants to see us back real soon!."

Your orchestra members are not only from the Netherlands

"That's right. Many people often think that I have an entire Dutch Orchestra.  Our orchestra members and soloists come from the entire world: the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Russia and Canada. They all have their own worries about their home fronts. But amongst themselves, they are always ready for each other. And everyone is healthy. No one has been infected yet. Let us hope it stays like that."

Aren't you afraid of becoming ill yourself?

"No, but it is important to stick to the rules that we are solitary and take care of ourselves and others. We all have to put our shoulder to the wheel, that is most important. And what our doctors and medical personnel present, is really fantastic.

Do you continue to pay your personnel?

"Yes, everyone will continue to be paid. In recent years we have done financially well with many concerts, but now we are suffering losses and that cannot go on too long. We may also have to ask for support from the government, who has announced a package of measures to relieve entrepreneurs. It is still too early to speak about damages. But the fact that we are now not playing in America is really quite drastic. We flew to Tampa for our first concert. During the intermission President Trump held his speech. At that moment I knew exactly what to do, and decided to fly back as soon as possible. I am responsible for over one hundred people. We managed to book all our people out for the next day and get everyone home. Some had to change flights and in all it amounted to one hundred thirteen flights!"

The star violinist is also at home there in Maastricht and among other things, he kills the time by being a kitchen prince.

You are home for a while now. What is it you do?
"I have many meetings with the team. In addition, you can find me a lot in our studio. And since my grandchildren are not allowed to come to our home, we only have contact with them on-line. I talk with Marjorie about ideas for the new CD which should be released toward the end of the year and I started to cook fanatically. That is a fun activity. And that is why I have to work out a lot, the day will end! But I miss performing. And  miss the grandchildren. Two of them live practically next door and I am not allowed to go see them."

The Most Exciting Are Of CourseThe Vrijthof Concerts

"It is too early to say anything about them yet. It is now the end of March, the concerts are not until July. We hope of course that the situation will be getting better and everything will take place. Most important right now is that we all stay healthy, and help the people who need help."

Fortunately, we don't have to miss your music completely.

"No, we post many concerts and video clips on-line, on you-tube, Face Book and our own website. Our Tuscany concert is now on-line and many were very happy with that. It is nice to be able to cheer the people up a bit. We are also receiving many requests from TV stations. Now the AVRO-TROS for instance is airing our first series "Welcome to my World"  every afternoon. I hope those are bright spots.

Thanks to John for the Translation and Ineke for the article.

Mar 23, 2020

Cancellation of Tour Financial Loss For Rieu

Cancellation of Tour Financial Loss For Rieu: "It's Bad"

L1 Limburg, Sem Caelen -The fact that André Rieu had to put an end to his American tour after only one concert, is a great discomfort for the Maastricht citizen.

"We are looking at whether we can make it financially," said Rieu during a broadcast TV show Sunday evening.

Corona Measures
Rieu canceled the rest of the United States tour right after his Tampa concert in Florida. Eight more concerts were planned in different cities, but due to measures announced by President Donald Trump regarding the corona virus, the stand-alone violinist was forced to return to Europe.

"Just before the concert it became clear how the situation was," says Rieu in the program with Ivo Niehe (TV personality and presenter). "Pierre said then: "Keep in mind that this is the first concert. During the break, Trump addressed the nation and said: "Do not go to events." During the break I already knew: "Everyone had to go home." My first concern was that I am there with 110 people and I am responsible for them."

No Compassion
Son Pierre indicates that that places them in a financial situation. "Everything has been booked: hotels, flights, containers, equipment. Through the cancellation, we're sending everything home and them having to send everything back here. But the hotels are not going to give us our money back. Same with the shipping agents, and I don't think they feel sorry for us."

It was previously indicated that new dates for the canceled concerts are being sought and that the tickets for the canceled concerts will remain valid.

"I hope the government is a bit lenient towards the entrepreneurs in the Netherlands," says the orchestra leader himself. "Because it is severe, I can tell you that." Father and son Rieu are not making any statements about the exact amount of the losses."

Maastricht 2020
It is still unclear whether the twelve open-air concerts will take place in July on the Vrijthof in Maastricht. "It is still too early to make any statements about this. The most important thing is that we stay healthy,” says Pierre Rieu.

Thanks to John for the Translation and Ineke for article

Mar 17, 2020

Rieu Fan Club Abused By Corona Crooks

André Rieu Fan Club Abused By Corona Crooks


The corona virus also offers criminals the opportunity to take advantage of the situation. After the Elderly Union raised the alarm earlier for false corona related information tricks and fake emails, fans from an André Rieu Face-book fan page are now also receiving requests to donate so that children in Turkey will not be infected by the virus. Management says it has nothing to do with those messages.

"Turkey has just announced their first case of the Corona virus, which is very critical and should not be allowed to spread," André Rieu's fan page sent in a private message via Face-book. "The management asked me to provide emergency assistance to keep children out of reach of the virus. Please help me join hands and make the little ones safe and make the world beautiful to live in. My concert in the United States was also affected by this crazy virus. I want you to help me send some money to them. Many fans have already been responding to this. I wish you were there too.”

The recipient is then requested to transfer money via Money Gram or Western Union. The name mentioned does not match that of Rieu. In addition, it indicates the city of Istanbul and the country of Turkey. According to the sender, this is because he/she is the administrator of the page. If recipients respond to the message that the money may be needed more here in the Netherlands, than the sender continues to respond with the fact that he would like to receive money anyway.

André Rieu's management expressly states that it has nothing to do with the message. "This is done through accounts posing as our page, managed by gangs in Africa. They approach our fans (and other artists and movie stars) via Face-book, Instagram, Messenger etc. We report them regularly, but that is like mopping up with the tap open as Face-book does not act adequately to controls this. In addition, we have already issued warnings before about this".

The Fraud Help Desk confirms that there are many such messages circulating in the current corona crisis. "Criminals take advantage of the current fears," said spokesperson Tanya Wijngaarde. The advice is clear. "Never transfer money based on text messages alone. Always try to check the information out  yourself. ”

Thanks to Ineke for the article and John's translation

Feb 26, 2020

"Day of the Drunken Brass Bands" with André Rieu

Maastricht Celebrates The Day of The "Zate Hermeniekes" 
(Drunken Brass Bands)

De Limburger, Jeroen GeertsThe concert was given a new design. For the first time yesterday Maastricht celebrated the "Day of the Drunken Brass Bands" with André Rieu as special guest.

He was there - his voice blares through the loudspeakers, but only a few can see him. The podium contains André Rieu, who has been specially invited to conduct all the bands at the end of the first day of the "Drunken Brass Bands". And who has been placed in such a manner, that he is only visible to a few carnival celebrants on the Vrijthof.  

When the first notes of the Maastricht Anthem are sound, the sky bursts open and immediately tens of umbrellas are being opened. That the ending with André Rieu that was somewhat chaotic, did not dampen the celebration though. Everyone is together to celebrate. "I am looking for a supporting act for my US Tour in two weeks" says Rieu laughingly. And yes, if someone can see his baton, the stand-alone violinist sings "The Slave Choir song" full out and The Vrijthof is transformed into one great mass.

Thanks to John for this with the Translation

Feb 20, 2020

André Rieu Gives Music Education Enormous Boost

André Rieu Gives Music Education An Enormous Boost

Chapeau Magazine, by Jo Cortenraedt:

On all the world stages, André Rieu says that he hails from a great musical region. Where "everyone" plays an instrument. He says that with a smile and wishes it were true.  Because in reality, music education is under pressure. Music lessons in school are for the government no longer a priority, so that is no longer a standard in the curriculum. And for separate music lessons, one has to pay. Something that not all parents can afford for their son or daughter.

The "Jeugdfonds Cultuur Limburg" (Youth Fund Culture Limburg) has been doing something about it for years, but it is not nearly enough. "We think there are more than 22,000 children who are not afforded the opportunity to follow music lessons," says Petra Dassen, president of the fund. "We only reach about a thousand children, so there are still a lot who need to be reached. With André and Marjorie Rieu's gesture we can immediately demand much more attention to our project and hopefully reach many more children."

The idea arose when André and Marjorie Rieu were visiting the Mayor of Maastricht, Annemarie Penn. "She was talking about how much poverty there actually was in the city, and that touched us" says André Rieu. We started to think about how we, in our own way can contribute, knowing that music education in the Netherlands is not doing so well."
Marjorie Rieu adds, "Many studies have shown that music is very good for people. It is good for your health, your humor, your creativity and much more."

The idea was born. "I read somewhere that music lessons for one child for an entire year would cost approximately €425.00," says André. "So, on a certain Sunday Afternoon Marjorie and I  said to each other: "You know something, we are going to give a thousand children the chance to follow music lessons for an entire year. That equates to €425,000.00. That's just not something, you can buy a house for that. We are currently in a position to do this. It comes from the heart." And that is not all.  Experience has shown that out of a thousand students, two hundred will ultimately remain. "There are only a few who will go on to a conservatory, but it is also good if some of them end up at in a musical society," says André. "We also will pay for their follow-on studies." 

At the same time, he and his wife hope that in another year someone else will be reinvesting in music lessons for thousands of children and that, as it were, would start a relay. The name is already there: "The André Rieu relay funds." I will also involve my orchestra to look for children who want to follow music lessons. Many of my orchestra members are already teaching music, and they can help with this project. So we are all going to put our shoulders to the wheel.

Thanks Ineke for article and John's Translation of it

Feb 1, 2020

Frank Steijns Carillon On Display

World famous carillon of André Rieu's orchestra on display 
in the Klok & Peel Museum in Asten, the Netherlands

From: Siris.NL, by AMJM Buenen - Sponsors and connections to the Klok & Peel Museum in Asten were able to witness a unique event on Friday, January 31st. 

During a sparkling concert of the brass quintet of the Nederlands Studenten {(Orkest NSO) Dutch Student Orchestra} and the mobile carillon of Frank Steijns, an agreement was signed for the official transfer of this special instrument of Frank Steijns, 1st violinist in André Rieu's orchestra  and carillon master in Maastricht and Weert. After so many long and special journeys with André Rieu's Strauss Orchestra, this special instrument, which has now reached a world wide audience, becomes part of the museum's collection.

The mobile carillon went on four world tours with André Rieu: in 2006, 2009, 
2013 and 2018. It covered more than 200,000 kilometers (120,000miles) and played on all continents, with the carillon often being introduced for the first time in countries from Bangkok to Bogota. The mobile carillon has already played in around 400 world cities in front of an audience of more than three million listeners. Millions of people were also reached through the video recordings made from these concerts. According to Dr. Luc Rombouts, it made Frank Steijns possibly "the most listened to carillonneur in history".

As the owner of the instrument, carillonneur Frank Steijns attaches great importance to the fact that his carillon, in between projects and tours, plays the greatest possible educational role. That is why he contacted the Klok & Peel Museum . The mobile carillon is now in the main room of the museum where it is used for tours and concerts. This is stipulated in an official loan agreement between Frank and the museum. It is a special asset to the museum because, in addition to being a useful demonstration, the carillon also represents a unique piece of recent history in the renewal and promotion of global carillon art.

Thanks to Ineke for this article and John's translation.

Jan 18, 2020

Prince Colin I (Falize) of the Bokkeriejesj

Prince Colin I (Falize) of the Bokkeriejesj (Billy-goat riders) from Heerlerheide (Limburg) plays the Boléro during André Rieu's world tour.

De Limburger, January 10, 2020 by Siebrand Vos - These are busy  days for the brand new Prince and we ask him everything. Today: Colin I (Falize) (23) from De Bokkeriejesj (Billy-goat riders) from Heerlerheide, a town in Limburg.

The Prince of the Carnival's Association The Billy-goat Riders is always lured first to a secret location in Heerlerheide. Can you tell us something about that?

"My parents had perfectly prepared it in secret with the Princes' Committee. When I opened the door there, I literally fell in due to a stile, which was actually placed there for this effect. Furthermore, I am not allowed to say anything about it because this location could be used again next year. In Heerlerheide it is still a competition to guess as to who the new Prince will be - that says something about how lively carnival is here".

The new Prince hails from a family of percussion instrument players and professional musicians. You're no exception are you?

"No, I am in the final year at the Pop Academy in Enschede (town in Holland) as a drummer. My father and brothers are classically trained. I'm a little bit in between. I am a part time-on-call employee with André Rieu, where as my father Marcel and brother Glenn are in permanent employment. Playing with Rieu just because of the entourage, is a fantastic experience. During the upcoming world tour the four of us (my middle brother Dean is also participating - are playing  the Boléro by Ravel, at the front of the stage. Earlier my father Marcel Falize did that alone”.

Does Colin I also play drums with a brass band?

"No. Only with the band “Jachthoorn and Trompetterkorps Edelweiss” (hunting horn and trumpet corps Edelweiss) and the orchestra “Lift-Off Percussion & Entertainment”.  And also with the Tyrolean music band “Tiroler Ohne Berge” (Tirolers without Mountains), with which we also played during the exclamation. With “Edelweiss” we always participate in the procession of Groeët Ghen Heij. That is one of the largest processions in the region. For me the upcoming procession will be very special, because I am a genuine boy from Heerlerheide. The procession goes from Heerlerheide to Nieuw Einde and then back via Heksenberg. Just imagine: I was born and raised in Nieuw Einde, now I live in Heerlerheide and I rehearse in Heksenberg. Everywhere there are acquaintances.”

Thank You Ineke for the article and your and John's Translation

André Rieu - I Have To Live in a Castle

Gazet van Antwerpen (Antwerp newspaper). January 5th 2020. By Karel Moors - World famous Dutch orchestra leader André Rieu celebrates the New Year also in Antwerp, Belgium on January 12th 2020 in the Sport Palace.

I have to live in a castle, because I am the King of the Waltz
Violinist and orchestra leader André Rieu recently turned 70. The world famous Maastricht resident speaks about his severe upbringing, the cool bond with his father and the increasing success. “I have the feeling that it starts now! Seriously!”

“D’Artagnan, one of the three musketeers ate his last breakfast in this kitchen. He died later that day." Violinist and orchestra leader André Rieu talks about the anecdote at his home, a charming little castle in Maastricht. The 70 year old Rieu is very successful: during his career he has already earned over 493 million Euros. But here in his castle, "the King of the Waltz" can relax. “From a financial perspective, buying a castle is very unwise. But yes, I have to live in a castle: I am "the King of the Waltz”. (laughing).

Since recently you are on tram 7
Tram 7?? Do you mean my age?? I looked forward to 70, I did not mind it.

Do you have much time to relax?
Oh yes, I can do that every day. I watch Netflix for a bit, or I nap in between. I sleep a lot. I can always sleep, every moment of the day.

Isn't there anything that keeps you awake?
I had that after we copied Schönbrunn Palace and we ran out of money. (Rieu had created an enormous décor which turned out to be so expensive that he went bankrupt, red).

That was not so nice. Fortunately we prevailed, and how ... The copied castle was such an advertising stunt that we profited 20 million the year after, while the year before we were 30 million in the red. The bankers from whom we had borrowed the money were in this room looking around and considering what more they could take. But one banker said: “No, we are not going to do that. Let him keep playing on, because that is the only way we are going to get our money back”. We are doing well now. 2019 was a top year and next year will probably be even better. Thanks to the social media I think. More and more people learn to know me via the internet.

There will also be a cinema film?
Yes, that is my son’s project. At first I did not like it so much, but I hear that the cinemas are filled with people who enjoy a streamed concert just as much as a live concert. And now that I turned 70, they want to release such a film. I read that Bruce Springsteen recently also turned 70 and is also releasing a film. That was not agreed upon though (laughing). And in 70 years we will again release a film, because I want to become 140.

You want to become 140 years old?
Yes, for sure! I try to live healthy, I work out regularly. Don’t play tennis anymore (points to his elbow) because that is not good for a violinist. Now I do power lifting with a personal trainer.

Most people slow down a little when they’re 70
I have the feeling that it is now just starting. Seriously! I notice that while traveling the world; finally people in the streets recognize me now. And then of course they also buy tickets. It is amazing.

You are mostly radiant on stage. Do you ever have a bad day?
No, never, unless I am ill. Even then I try to smile and go on. I have 120 persons on my payroll. I give them attention and they reciprocate back to me with 100% job satisfaction.
You know, of course I am the boss. And I am also the conductor of the orchestra. And an orchestra is no democracy, only one is the boss. Period.

Are you a strict boss?
Yes. Very sweet but strict and they know that very well (laughs heartily). But I am also a very respectful boss. Sometimes, when someone is playing a solo, I think - “I would have done that differently, but it sounds very good”. Then I leave it like that. You have to lift the people up. That is a boss’s task. A good boss.

Did you have to learn to be a boss? Or was that in you?
In early days I was part of my father’s orchestra. That was not nice. He was a different kind of boss. You know, with always pointing the finger. I learned NOT to do that like my father did!!

Did your father André Rieu senior experience your success?
No. We did not have such a good relationship either. I started with a Salon Orchestra. I then played for weddings and parties which my father did not like that at all. He looked down upon that.

What would your father say if he could see what you’ve accomplished today?
I really would not know. It is easy to say: “He would be proud”. But he was not that kind of person. I have never experienced my father saying: “Gosh, I am so proud of you”. I never heard that. He never said so. Never. Not even when I was a little boy. That is cold, but I have to deal with that. My mother was also strict with me; I was not allowed to look the people in the eyes. But I like doing that. I love to make contact with people, with entire halls. And I think that is also my strength. Well, I think I have always been different than the family at home.

You are the King of the Waltz, but are you actually a good waltz dancer? 
No, not at all. Sometimes I dance a little bit at home, with my wife, but not in public. I play the violin and the others dance. Let’s leave it that way!

Thanks to Ineke for the article and her and John's Translation

André Rieu 70 Years Young Dutch Cinema's

André Rieu 70 Years Young

Cinema movie. In Dutch cinemas on January 18 and 19, 2020. De Limburger, January 15, 2020. This coming weekend the film "André Rieu: 70 Years Young" can be seen in 110 Dutch cinemas. For this movie, the maestro himself selected memorable moments from his career., Together with the British presenter and interviewer Charlotte Hawkins, the waltz king from Maastricht looks back on his life and shows highlights from his concerts.

What would have happened to André Rieu if as a little boy, he hadn't received a violin lesson from a beautiful eighteen-year-old blonde? Would he still have chosen the four-string instrument and had become a successful orchestra leader? Or would he have then led a much more anonymous life as a pianist or oboist?

It is a question that remains after watching the film "André Rieu: 70 Years Young," which premiered the first weekend of January in 1300 cinemas in Europe, North and South America (except the US) and Asia and can be seen in 110 Dutch cinemas next Saturday and Sunday.

In this film, Rieu speaks about his youth. How he, as a three-year-old boy went to the concerts which his father conducted and became fascinated by all those bows going up and down simultaneously. And how he was pushed by his parents to try out all kinds of musical instruments, such as flute, piano, violin and oboe. In the end, little Rieu chose the violin. Because of an atractive female teacher, he says laughing.

He also says that the years he spent in the church choir of the St. Servaas Basilica, made a big impression on him. “The rays of sunlight that fell through the beautiful stained glass windows, the priests who swung the insence censer back and forth and the beautiful music. All the theatrical elements that I now use in my shows, I learned there”.

Yellowed photos

Many photos from the yellowed family albums pass by. André as a toddler, teenager and adolescent. Rieu speaks about his memories with presenter Charlotte Hawkins. About the first encounter with his wife Marjorie: "I was 11 and she 13"; the first performance of his Salon Orchestra in 1977; and ten years later the establishing of the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the big breakthrough with the album “From Holland With Love” (VHS tape)  in the mid-nineties. And the blockbuster: Rieu’s version of The Second Waltz by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Did he expect that success, the female interviewer wants to know. So no. "I remember that the record company said we might maybe sell 25,000 copies. They turned out to be more than a million. Amazing!

The orchestra leader becomes emotional when the female interviewer asks about the Schönbrunn project in 2008. Rieu had the famous Viennese palace copied and reconstructed and went on tour with it. It almost led to his bankruptcy. The waltz king had to work so hard to pay off his debts that he almost lost everything. Tears appear in his eyes when his son Pierre says in front of the cameras that the entire family supported him in that difficult time. André Rieu: "They all said: "We love you no matter what happens, even if you stop”. 
"That gave me the strength to continue."

105 year old nun

For the film, the 70-year-old protagonist selected excerpts from his most beautiful concerts with the Johann Strauss Orchestra. We see impressive recordings of shows in New York, Melbourne, Vienna, Bucharest, Mexico City and - where else - Maastricht. On the Vrijthof we see Rieu dancing a waltz with Sister Leona, a 105-year-old nun, who passed away a few months ago. She was his biggest fan.

At the end of the 2.5 hour film Charlotte Hawkins wants to know if Rieu is going to take it easier now that he has turned 70.

Rieu: “And then sit at home doing nothing? I feel young. I am 70 years old and I intend to turn 140. I am only halfway there. So you are not yet rid of me".

 Thanks to Ineke for the article and her and John's translation

Dec 22, 2019

Rieu's Christmas Concerts Taste Like More

André Rieu's Christmas Concerts Taste Like More
Even international visitors were spotted in the MECC in Maastricht

Chapeau Magazine, by Jo Cortenraedt-Dec 21, 2019
The expectation was that the first series of three Christmas concerts in the MECC in Maastricht would in primarily attract visitors from the region and the rest of the Benelux. After all, a new concept, and with the experience of the Vrijthof concert shows where first the people from the region came to look curiously and that fans from the rest of the world would connect and come later over the years.

But it is true that indeed there were particularly more Limburgers, Dutch and Belgians in general on the first night of the three concerts in the MECC. But there were also already a striking number of visitors from, for example, England. We also spoke to guests from Barcelona who had never been to Maastricht and who had now come to travel here specially. And even South American fans - among other from Chile - had just boarded an airplane just before Christmas.

André Rieu's  worldwide fame immediately creates a great deal of interest. The maestro himself was very relieved after the first concert. "You have it all in your head, but it must also become a reality like that," he said immediately afterwards."I noticed right away that the audience was impressed by the decor. We invested a lot of time in that and left nothing to chance. We now hope to make this a tradition in the coming years and then earn back some of our substantial investments."

For son Pierre Rieu it was proof that good acoustics can indeed be brought into the MECC, as long as they are done professionally. "All sorts of concert organizations have already come to see how we have did that, so I do expect something from that."

With a lot of dancers and skaters, Christmas trees and digital Christmas decorations, the Christmas atmosphere developed well. Especially when 'snow' gently drizzled on the audience. A highlight in the atmosphere was an infectious gospel choir from Paris that with the Johan Strauss Orchestra along with turned the MECC upside down.

The 11,000 spectators per night, went home satisfied. Some even preferred the MECC to the Vrijthof because of the exceptional atmosphere. "And it was just as warm there then it was outside in the summer."

Thanks to Ineke for the article and John's translation






Pierre and André September 30, 2016 Maastricht












Photo Taken at Mexico City Concert ~ September 2013




"Hello to all my fans on The Harmony Parlor!"

Soundcheck in Maastricht 2013 (RTL Photo)

Maastricht 2012 ~ "André on The Theater Steps" by Bee

Maastricht 2012 ~ "André and Pierre on The Theater Steps" by Bee