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Jan 28, 2011

André is Back In The Docusoap "André Rieu’s World"

The World of André Rieu
André Rieu is Back In the Docusoap "André Rieu’s World"

We Follow the 61 Year Old Violinist on His Tour From Mexico City to Orlando, Florida.
In total quiet, dresses are being adjusted, violins tuned, and make-up is quickly being touched up. Only the sound of André’s glistening shoes can be heard on the stone cold floor. There is an unwritten rule that just prior to a performance every one remains totally quiet and no one approaches André. Even the camera crew, which caught up with André here in Mexico City and will be following him the coming weeks to film "The World of André Rieu," stays aloof.
Spirited and Shouting
Tonight is the second concert in the Auditorio National of Mexico City. One down, three more to go. After these performances, the king of the Waltz and his entourage of 120 people, including their own catering, security and private doctor, will fly in a chartered jet to Phoenix, Arizona. It is almost unimaginable that a short while ago, the 61 year old violinist was flat on his back due to a virus infection on his equilibrium. Says André: "It was a most horrible period. The only thing I could do was to lie there very quietly and heal. With a lot of patience, love and crazy visits from my grandchildren, I recovered." The violin reappeared again, the orchestra members were alerted, and so they waltzed merrily along. But at a deliberate slower pace. André: "I rest more frequently, am more focused and I delegate more, which takes some getting used to; but then it has to, since I am no longer 18. This will never happen again! I am so happy again that I can do what I enjoy doing; making people happy with classical music."
Stradivarius
After a smashing start in Belgium, the entire Rieu group boarded an airplane to bubbling Mexico City.
André: "Tickets were sold in no time at all. Four performances in the Auditorio National. That equated to forty thousand tickets. That’s fantastic, isn’t it? Part of them will be all dressed up tonight in the hall waiting for me to make my entrance. Another part will try to sell all their illegal Rieu merchandize just outside the entrance of this colossal building, from coffee cups and T-shirts to key chains and DVD’s. And without a doubt, must-haves for young and old." The buzzing in the hall increases, while back stage it is still dead quiet. André’s violin, his Stradivarius, worth several millions, is where it is suppose to be: tightly clutched in the left hand of its master, ready for a phenomenal performance. The case, in which this musical piece of perfection travels worldwide, is already with a neatly ironed blanket. Just like its personal bodyguard who keeps a close watch on it all day.
Relaxing
Father and son exchange a last quick look of understanding. Pierre, already André’s right hand for the last ten years, rushes into the hall as quickly as possible not only to enjoy the live atmosphere, but also as a way to relax. And there you have it, the curtains open, the spot lights search for the shiny shoes and the audience applauds. Even more intense and livelier then yesterday Rieu would say later. "I still do not know exactly what causes it, but one note, one scream and immediately the evening is turned into a party, WHAM and tonight was such a night. Nice, very nice.
*The First Episode will be aired in the Netherlands on Feb 4th and then again every week for the next five weeks. Of course Ruud and Ineke will have them soon after each one with the English Subtitles for us ...
Thanks to Ineke for sending this and John for ©Translating it.

6 comments:

GillWeb said...

What a lovely article - thank you so much for the translation, I really enjoyed reading it. I can feel the atmosphere from here!

steph said...

Oh bless you all for sharing all this with us. Reading that article was amazing, I can not wait to see the 'Road Soaps' again.

Anonymous said...

What a great article, thanks for the translation! I was very fortunate to attend the concert in Phoenix in November while visiting family, and it was great. Andre, the orchestra and soloists were all in great form and seemed SO happy to be back! Hope they will come back to the U.S./Canada soon!
Jennifer D.

Mary Webster said...

Thank you so much for translating and posting this lovely article. It is fantastic to read stories such as this and I too could feel the excitement and anticipation of the audience waiting for André’s entrance. Wish I was in the Netherlands to see it on TV but I will have to wait for the DVD to come out. I love the roadsoaps just as much as the finished product; they all seem to have so much fun on an off stage. Can’t wait for May 11 when André and the JSO are here in Melbourne.

Chris T. said...

Looks like another great one! Looking forward to it! :D

Anonymous said...

i always like reading your articles and following you on facebook im glad you are back and well again evelyn

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