have been getting ~
For those that have been envious of the High Fives
Here's a High Five Just For You!! :)
Thanks for the Photo John!
have been getting ~
For those that have been envious of the High Fives
Here's a High Five Just For You!! :)
Thanks for the Photo John!
As you know, Mirusia sang Ava Maria on the Spring Tour and she sings it Beautiful!! In Atlantic City André played solo in the middle of the song with her and it was so pretty. Robert made a video of it in Atlantic City and has placed it on Youtube ... here is the link to it. She really does have the voice of an Angel!
My day started at 3:30 in the morning leaving for the airport. I met up with Betty in Salt Lake City and we flew the rest of our trip together to Philly. From there we had reserved a Limo to take us the hour and 20 minute ride to AtlanticCity. To our surprise and delight! when we got into the Limo there was music playing ... André Rieu's The Second Waltz!! I had told the Limo service when making my reservation that we were coming to AC for an André Rieu Concert and they were thoughtful enough to have a CD playing when we got in the limo. Not only that ~ it was an older CD that we didn't have and we just loved the music on it. When the Limo picked us up at the Sheraton to take us back to Philly to catch our flight home, they had Burned a CD for us to take home with us!
Here is the picture taken of all of us that were together at the fan dinnerbefore the concert in Atlantic City. Andre's concerts are ALWAYS wonderful! But meeting with old friends and making new is what makes it Special ... We had fans from 14 states, plus Australia, Argentina and the North Pole at the dinner!
Andre Rieu ~ “King of the Waltz” ~ couldn’t wait to come to Reading, he toldA SOLD OUT CROWD Monday night at the Sovereign Center.Charismatic violinist Andre Rieu and his orchestra fill the Sovereign Center with joyful music.
As soon as I get things organized here at home, I will add more pictures that you all have been sending in. Any of you that have taken pictures at Atlantic City or Reading ~ please email them to me so we can post them here for everyone to see!! And did any fans see the last concert in Baltimore? We'd love to hear about that one with any pictures you may have!!
From The Adelaide Now
There are so many reports from so called "Critics" that come out on a daily basis, and they just aren't worth posting. This one though had a GREAT picture with it, and I felt it only fair if I was going to share the picture with you on here, that I would have to also add the critics article on André.
Here is the link if you want to read it. But regardless of what the writer (and I use that term loosely) says, Enjoy the picture!
There is also another article from Lyndall Freeman in Australia, you can click ♦ here to read what she wrote for the Adelaide Advertiser.
And last, here's a review of the Ottawa Concert: ♦Link To Ottawa Concert Review
Bye ~ and we'll see you all when we get back from Atlantic City, hopefully with some great pictures from all of us, and stories to tell .....
Earlier this month, internationally acclaimed conductor and violinistAndre Rieu visited Queensland, and during a press conference at Suncorp, pleaded with Spence to exempt him from the legislation to allow a third stadium extravaganza.
Click The Link To Read Full Article on The Situation:♦http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23729218-27197,00.html
The Waltz King has beaten out the Queen of Pop, at least in one country.
You could almost hear Andre Rieu beaming over the phone from Montreal on Wednesday. “By the way, we’re number one in Australia,” said the violinist with a chuckle. “We knocked Madonna off, from place two.”
Rieu had just come off a four-day promotional tour in Australia, supporting his latest release in that country, “Waltzing Matilda.” His concert at 8 tonight at the Times Union Center comes after two dates in Canada, and is the first in a short string of Northeast shows before Rieu takes time off to record a special for European television and a DVD release.
That’s a pretty hectic schedule of recording and touring by most music industry standards, considering that “Waltzing Matilda” was only just released this month. Indeed, he said he releases at least one new product every year, out of necessity.
“I think I’ve been making records now for about 20 years — so I have about 20 CDs and 30 DVDs,” Rieu said. “Of course the live performance, being on stage [is most important], but you need the products out there so that people know who you are. That’s why I make them.”
The abundance of product, combined with Rieu’s flashy performances and appearance, have attracted quite a bit of attention over the years, and not all of it positive. Many classical purists have criticized Rieu’s stage shows; he has often been compared to Liberace in reviews and profiles.
Bigger and Flashier
And the shows are only getting bigger and flashier. His World Stadium Tour, which will follow the European special, is being billed as a “romantic night in Vienna,” complete with costumes, an open ballroom, ice skaters on two rinks and the Vienna State Opera Ballet, among other attractions.
But Rieu, who is classically trained in the violin, originally set out to change many of the preconceptions about performing in modern classical music.
“Nowadays, [the music] belongs suddenly to a small, elite group; it should belong to everybody, like always,” Rieu said. “When Mozart composed his melodies, everybody in the streets whistled his tunes. Now, sitting in a hall, if somebody claps too early, people turn around and give dirty looks.”
Rieu formed his Johann Strauss Orchestra, which he will perform with tonight, in 1987, with those goals in mind. But he insisted that changing the concert-going experience is not his main mission.
“I play music because I love it,” he said. “There are people around in my orchestra who think the same thing.”
Rieu was born in Maastricht, in the Netherlands in 1949. Classical music has followed Rieu throughout his life; his father was conductor of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, and all of his brothers and sisters perform classical music as well.
“Everyone in our home was playing music all the time,” Rieu said. “There was no way not to play music.”
He got his start early, first picking up the violin at age 5. He studied for a time at conservatories in Liege and Maastricht before completing his training in Brussels in 1977. Until 1989, Rieu was a violinist in the Limburg Symphony Orchestra.
His association with the waltz form is widely known. While still at the music academy, Rieu performed “Gold und Silber” by Franz Lehar with a salon orchestra. In 1996, he earned the nickname “The Waltz King,” something that he is still proud of to this day.
His Johann Strauss Orchestra, as the name suggests, got its start by performing many of Johann Strauss’ works, and of course, waltzes. However, Rieu leads his orchestra through a wide variety of classical, popular and folk music, as well as soundtracks from movies and TV. His latest DVD, “Andre Rieu in Wunderland,” features renditions of “Over the Rainbow” and “Some Day My Prince Will Come” from the Walt Disney film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
When asked how he chooses the songs his orchestra performs, Rieu responded, “With my heart.”
“It’s another cliché, but it’s true,” he continued. “When I choose a song, or a melody, or a piece of music, it’s because I love it, it touches me, it does something with me. That’s why on stage I play music that touches me, because when it touches me I know it will touch the audience. I think that’s the only way to play music.”
This eclectic program selection, coupled with the flash of his performances, has attracted a wide audience to Rieu’s concerts. While traditionally classical music audiences have been getting older, attracting younger generations to the genre is not one of Rieu’s goals.
“Everybody can listen to my music and come to the concerts,” Rieu said. “And everybody comes, of all ages and educational backgrounds.” Humming music over the phone, he continues: “When I perform, you see the whole audience starting to move, to hum and to smile.”
Rieu credits much of his success to his on-stage demeanor, which he said is exactly the same as he is backstage.
“I know classical musicians who are nice guys, but when they go on stage they are completely different, so serious,” Rieu said. “People like when you go on stage and show your feelings, and that’s what I do.”
Letter by Jann from Aussie Fans of André
Mayor Gerd Leers of Maastricht received last Saturday an honorary doctorate degree from the University of central Missouri in Warrensburg, in the United States.
Leers, together with his wife, traveled to America to receive this great honor, which was bestowed upon him for his continuous fight of many years against the trafficking of illegal drugs. In addition, Leers' personal involvement in receiving and facilitating the American Students in Maastricht aided in the decision of the University council to award the highest academic honor to the Maastricht Mayor, according to a University spokesperson.
The personal friendship of the Maastricht Mayor and the University was also a reason to bestow Leers the title of Doctor of Law. This friendship is reflected in the expression of the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic studies, an international installation of studies in the capital city of Limburg.
The exceptional relationship between Maastricht and Warrensburg is in a large part due to business man Benoit Wesley from Maastricht. For many years he has been on excellent terms with the University of Central Missouri. Wesley donated a 78 feet high clock tower (The Maastricht Friendship)which has received a very prominent place on the university campus. Because of his merits and efforts to the educational institution, Wesley himself received an honorary doctorate several years ago.
The awarding of the honorary doctorate to Leers, he received the special award from the hands of President Aaron Podolefskyrector, took place Saturday, against a background that in the Unites States is known as Commencement Day, the traditional ending of the academic year. This is the day that thousands of students receive their degree and commence their new careers.
Here is the link below to the interview with André in Brisbane. At the top of the page where it says Find Video, type in André Rieu and then click on Search site'. The page will come up with the videos on them. (It's in two videos.)
in Melbourne ~ He and Mirusia came in a two horse drawn carriage. He has an interview with Ernie Sigley first, and then he and Mirusia do Waltzing Matilda.
Here's the link to a 20 minute video of André and Mirusia's appearance
HE'S bigger than U2 and a most unlikely musical sex symbol. If you have not heard of the 58-year-old Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu, you soon will.
Yesterday thousands of fans lined for several blocks down Park Street in Sydney to meet the man and get their DVDs signed.
Rieu has sold more recordings in a one-year period in Australia than any other artist for music giant Universal, and his DVDs have gone platinum 50 times over.
Credited with bringing new audiences to classical music, the statuesque, floppy-haired Dutchman has also been dubbed the "Mel Gibson of the violin".
"The violin is the instrument that for me is the most near to my body. When I have it here, it really vibrates when I play and it looks like a lady," he said yesterday.
Rieu flew into Australia on Wednesday for a promotional tour of his latest album, Waltzing Matilda, featuring I Still Call Australia Home and Home Among The Gum Trees.
Music teacher Elizabeth Evans, 47, of West Pennant Hills, brought her daughters Cordelia Lily, 8, and Priscilla Rose, 11, to meet Rieu.
Click on the link below if you would like to watch the Photoshowwith pictures taken of their personal appearance at Brisbane's Reddacliff Place yesterday.
As his horse drawn carriage whisks him into Suncorp Stadium, a beautiful opera singer at his side and views of his gigantic castle playing on the big screen, the question begs - Who is Andre Rieu?
A prince, a pop-star or a time-traveller from the time of Beethoven and Strauss?
The best bet would be to ask your mum: just like every tween knows who Hannah Montana is, chances are the over-55s will have heard of Rieu.
The enigmatic Rieu, dubbed "The King of Waltz" is a Dutch conductor whose concert DVDs last year made up 48 per cent of all the DVDs sold in Australia.
Rieu will bring a lavish recreation of a Viennese castle to Suncorp Stadium for two big concerts in December.
Taking up one entire side of the stadium, 250 performers will transport the audience to classical Vienna complete with waltz, ice-rinks, ballroom, horse and carriage and giant fountains.
The humble Rieu was surprised to hear that he had sold more concert tickets at Suncorp than superstar acts like "The Police" and "Robbie Williams."
After being told to take his waltz music "back to your Grandmother's house" by major recording labels back in 1995, Rieu finally found a label and that year sold 850,000 albums in the Netherlands alone.
Rieu grew his Australian fan base from concerts broadcast on the Ovation channel on Foxtel and there were plenty of fans who paid up to $2000 for the chance to meet Rieu in the flesh at Suncorp today .
And what is the source of the allure of Rieu?
According to fan Catharina Hampson-Brans, it's his ability to reach everyone with his melodic music.
"He brings together so many people, the rich, the poor, young, old, all can appreciate his music," she said.
Resplendent in a saffron ball gown right out of a period drama, a Brisbane native also brought a local flavour to the event.
Mirusia is the main singer in Rieu's show and has come a long way from when she initially thought the offer to come and produce music with Rieu was a joke.
"It was just unbelievable, but I couldn't pass up the chance and was in Holland two days later."
The magic of Rieu's "Romantic Night in Vienna" will waltz into Brisbane to play for an estimated 54,000 people on December 3 and 4.
AS Australia's rugby league team was preparing to play before several thousand empty seats in Sydney last night, a Dutch violinist declared he could sell out Suncorp Stadium three times over.
And on the evidence of the adoring throng of 3500 fans who turned out to see him play two songs in Brisbane's Reddacliff Place yesterday, Andre Rieu was probably right.
Fans came from as far as New Zealand and Melbourne for the first Brisbane sighting of the 58-year-old showman who sold more DVDs and CDs than another other musician in Australia last year.
The zany conductor, who has torn the stuffiness out of classical music and again made it the fare of the masses, was in Brisbane to promote his two Suncorp Stadium concerts in December.
The first sold out in two days. The second is close to selling out, prompting him to ask Sport Minister Judy Spence for permission to hold a third.
She is considering the request, but is hampered by State Government laws which permit Suncorp only three concerts a year, meaning the quota is full already given Rieu's two dates added to the visit by British pop icons The Police in January.
The man dubbed the King of Waltz has become so big in Australia that six of Australia's 10 top-selling DVDs last week were his and the only problems for his promoters, unlike last night's Centenary Test at the SCG, is finding arenas big enough to cope with his fans.
Waltzing Matilda, his tribute album to Australia recorded with gifted Brisbane soprano Mirusia Louwerse, went platinum in Australia in 10 days.
Yesterday he spent two hours signing autographs in a queue which at one stage snaked 250m around the perimeter of Reddacliff Place. Not bad for a man who was told to "go back and play for your grandmother" when he first tried to make an album 15 years ago.
"That was what the recording people told me," he said.
"They laughed at me. They said they only made rock records.
"It took me seven years to convince a recording person to come to my concerts. He only stayed for half of it but agreed to make an album which sold 750,000 in Holland alone.
"Michael Jackson beat me by selling 850,000 but he took two years. I did it in one."
Rieu, who speaks seven different languages, is a big earner and a massive spender.
In December he will bring 500 people (350 performers, 150 crew) including his own chefs with him for a show which includes the construction of a giant castle and, perhaps even more incredibly, an outdoor ice rink designed to withstand Brisbane's scorching summer heat.
"I could come here and play a small show, squeeze in a big crowd and no-one would be happy. I want people to have an experience they will remember for life."
Rieu's concerts are renowned for their playfulness, featuring (among other things) a three-year-old violinist spitting water, and band members chatting and laughing with each other as if they are at rehearsal.
"I enjoy humour and fun and wanted to have some in my concerts. Why not make people happy?" he said.
Robert Craddock is a senior Courier-Mail sport writer. He watches Andre Rieu for fun.
André is on his promotional tour now in Australia anda small group of fans were given a surprise opportunity to be at Brisbane Airport to welcome him as he arrived from Holland last night. They were pleasantly suprised to see Pierre with him too!
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Thank you for sending this Jann!
André Rieu and his Johan Strauss Orchestra will perform a one time only Christmas concert in the Gelredome in Arnhem. This will take place on December 19th. Ticket sales for this unique Christmas Gala will start on the 3rd of May.
Rieu is currently celebrating his big successes all over the world, and has very little time to perform in his home country.
For the Christmas Gala, Rieu will bring a special program, which will encompass the Christmas spirit and the Viennese romance. "We have developed some very special ideas. I am already excited about them. We are thinking amongst others about a huge ice rink, a dance floor, with dancers and ballet", said the renowned Maastrichter violinist and conductor.
Rieu will travel in November and December to Australia where he has been breaking all records. Without having played there, André Rieu has become the most successful artist in Australia. More DVD's and CD's from the Dutch violinist and his Johan Strauss Orchestra are being sold than from any other artist. In the last 12 months Rieu has sold more than a million DVD's and CDs, and in 2007 he was the best selling musician. For 18 weeks André Rieu was the number 1 in the Australian top 10, and in the same top 10 were 6 Rieu albums for a 12 week period. At a certain moment 9 of Rieu's DVD were in the top 10. In total, he reached platinum 49 times in 12 months. Rieu and his Johan Strauss orchestra will go to Australia under the theme of the "World Stadium Tour", which will carry with it a copy of the world famous Viennese castle Schönbrunn. Ticket sales for these huge concerts a running wild in places like Melbourne and Sydney.
Prior to those months there will be tours and concert in countries like Germany, France, Belgium, the United States and Canada.