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Mar 17, 2008

Simone Tells Us About Andre's World Tour Concert in Dusseldorf

Andre's Schoenbrunn in Dusseldorf


My parents and I had the huge luck to experience this event.
We left Bad Hersfeld about noon and arrived Düsseldorf after 2 ½ hours drive.
Than we go in the city. I try a “Alt” (typical beer from Düsseldorf). But I must say that the “Kölsch” (beer from Cologne) is much better.
Before the concert we ate something (I not so much because I was so nervous) and than we drove to the “LTU-Arena”.
The parking situation was very chaotic and the way to the arena very long.

When I came into the hall I was speechless. Wow...what a stage...unbelieveable. André is really a perfectionist. I looked at the stage very long and very exactly. And it was really perfect. Not so my seat. It was not so good. I sat way on the side. But I had a really nice guy from Holland sitting next to me.

The moment the concert began I forgot the bad seat. I was fascinated from the first second. The nice music...the breathtaking scenery...the (ice)dancers and of course a fantastic André Rieu with a great orchestra and singers. I liked the choice of the music very much. I laughed, cried, sang, clapped my hands...! But I can´t dance. During “An der schönen blauben Donau” I was very sad that I had my Dad not sitting next to me. Because during this song, we dance at every concert where we are together.

It´s hard to say what I liked most.
I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes when he played the title song from Titanic “My heart will go on” and the icedancers danced.
I liked to see Mirusia singing so wonderful while she´s floating under the ceiling.
Always very impressive is Carmen when she is singing “Oh mio babbino Caro”. When she is kneeling in front of André it´s so nice.
One of the highlights was of course the coach with the grays in which “Sissi” (Suzan) sat.
Because of the bad seat I couldn't see so much. But what I saw was dreamlike.

While he played “An der schönen blauen Donau” I was fascinated by the fountain. (I sat directly next to it). The fountains bubbled to the sound of the music. Always a highlight for me is the “Bolero”. I can´t hear it often enough. I´m always absolutly fascinated.

During the encores I was really speechless when 100 men without underwear came on the stage. André had invited the 100 bagpipers which played “Amazing Grace”. Such goosebumps I never had before.

The 200miles home, I fly as I drive. After 2 hours I was absolutly tired, but absolutly happy back at home

This evening I will never forgot ...
~ Simone from Germany ( Thank you Mone for writing this for us!)



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Simone, for taking the time to share your Dusseldorf experience with us in English and to Sue for posting it.
The photos are great as well.
Bernadette

Alice, Canada said...

Dear Simone,
Now that you've experienced this Palace-concert yourself, you would now understand why we were all speechless when we saw the set-up in Toronto. With the lightings and everything, it's even more beautiful than the real Schonbrunn.
I noticed the water fountain was placed much closer to the "building"....Very nice pictures too. Thannnk Youuu!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Simone,
I loved your story!
See you in Maastricht????
Ineke.

Anonymous said...

Dear Simone,
Many thanks for sharing your story and pictures of Dusseldorf with us. I had many of the same feelings when I first saw the Schoenbrunn stage in Toronto.
Eileen

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed your report, Simone. Many thanks for taking the time to write it for us.
We all hope to see you again in Maastricht. Will ZDF be doing a follow-up video? Hope so!

Laurie

Gina E. said...

Hi Simone, your description of the concert you attended has increased my excitement about seeing Andre and the JSO in Melbourne in November. I just hope we have the same program including Bolero, and Carmen when she is singing “Oh mio babbino Caro”. Two of my favourites! I've been told that there is no really 'bad' seat at any of his stadium concerts, because there is so much happening in front of you, it really doesn't matter where you are sitting!

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