De Limburger January 23, 2009
André Rieu would prefer to conduct his concerts on the Vrijthof in Maastricht next year during two consecutive weekends. Since the public interest has grown so large this year the world renowned violinist has added a fifth concert to his string of concerts in July.
The first three concerts on Friday July 10, Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12 are already sold out and Mondays July 13th concert is almost sold out. Because of the brisk ticket sales, the decision of a fifth concert was made. If all concerts this year are sold out, 50,000 people will have attended the 2009 Concerts on The Vrijthof.
Two consecutive weekends would afford André the opportunity to perform 6 Concerts on the Vrijthof in 2010. The feasibility of spreading the concerts over two, possibly three weekends is not yet quite clear. "We are in discussion about that with the city of Maastricht", according to Rieu spokesperson Kirsten Cornelis.
We have to look at the possibilities of leaving the stage and other facilities on the Vrijthof during non performance days. The extra performances also come into play with the total of allowable performances of 50 per year on the Vrijthof. We are looking very favorably at all possibilities according to a city spokesperson.
Thank you to John for the translation! (again done over the phone ;-)