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Jan 13, 2012

Rieu Vrijthof Concerts Probably at The End of June

Rieu Vrijthof Concerts Probably at The End of June
A little bit more patience is required
Dates of André Rieu's Vrijthof concerts will probably be officially announced next week. Discussions with police are still ongoing as new dates will clash with the soccer finals (European Championships).
Earlier this week's announcement that today, (Friday) information would be provided about the Vrijthof concerts by André Rieu and the Maastricht Mayor Onno Hoes, has been moved to next week. According to a spokesperson of the city of Maastricht it has to do with further discussions which need to take place with the police, due to a very busy events calendar. 
It is very likely that the yearly concert series of André Rieu will take place earlier than depicted on the city of Maastricht's events calendar. There it is reflected that the performances of André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra will take place between July 6th and July 15th. According to several sources, the Dutch musical export cannon would like to perform his Vrijthof concerts between June 22nd and 28th. During that period the European Championship soccer games will also take place and that is when a lot of Maastricht citizens go the the city center to follow the games.  
The plans to change the concert series to the end of June is favorable for André Rieu as it will make it possible for him to return to South America again in July. The successful sale of 12 concerts in Sao Paulo has not gone unnoticed in Rio de Janeiro. Several sources say that he is preparing a concert on the most famous beach in the world: the Copa Cabana. That is where the girls from Ipanima usually parade around and the Ronaldo's and Robinho's show off their ball virtuosity, and that is where André Rieu would give concerts for an unprecedented number of viewers. A unique and maybe a once in a lifetime possibility for the Maastricht citizen and his orchestra. 
For the hard core André Rieu fans the end of June is not a bad time either. The school holidays for the fans from the most southern part of Holland start the beginning of July. Then it will be nice to enjoy their favorite artist on the Vrijthof just prior to their vacation ...... Maybe next week the dates will be confirmed, who knows ...
 
Thanks to Ineke and John for Translating this together, as today is John's Birthday!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

For all the people who already booked and planned around the suspected dates of the concerts: I will keep my fingers crossed for you that the plans change and you can go and enjoy the Vrijthof shows like you are hoping to.
Good luck, Elke.

Anonymous said...

It is all very well for fans from the Netherlands and possibly Belgium to get in their motor cars and attend concerts whenever Andre changes his mind re dates. However, what about the rest of the fans from all over the globe who have booked flights and accommodation for July? In a prior statement , these dated were confirmed by Andre so in this year of the Olympic games it was imperative to make bookings. I think we should stop condoning everything Andre does and speak out. I am totally with you on this one Virginia; all concerts should centre around Maastricht which is the hub and not the other way around. Surely Andre can conquer the rest of South America next year and certainly not at the expense of the global fans going to Maastricht!! Hopefully the news out of Maastricht will be favourable.
Ellen.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who is responsible for the last paragraph (the hard core fans.....etc) of this article, but it made me angry. School holidays are different in all parts of Holland and not only people from the Limburg area attend the concerts...Very naive to think that! Andre knows that people from all continents yearly travel to Maastricht for the concerts and those trips cannot be booked last minute!

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