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Aug 17, 2012

André Rieu August 2012 Concert in Johannesburg!

First André Rieu Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa
The first Johannesburg concert was absolutely terrific. As opposed to Sun City which only seats about 6 000 people, the Dome can seat about 13 000 people. Last night André played to a capacity audience. From the beginning the excitement and anticipation could be felt throughout the dome.
The people came from far and wide and started congregating from 16:00 onwards with many of them visiting the adjacent North Gate Mall to have dinner.
André and the orchestra had spent the entire day rehearsing at the Dome and members of the orchestra mentioned that they spent most of their leisure time also just strolling around the mall. We bumped into Gary and he was very excited about their third visit to South Africa. They had not yet had much time to enjoy the Palazzo Hotel in Sandton (part of Johannesburg), as they had only arrived in South Africa on Thursday morning. However, most of them seemed relaxed and Gary mentioned that they did not suffer much jet lag, as they usually do on longer trips.
The moment arrived and André and the JSO entered from the back of the dome. It reminded me of Maastricht. He was happy and smiling and made contact with quite a few fans as they moved down the aisle. The audience gave them an overwhelming welcome. The repertoire was a very special one, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the JSO. André mentioned that yesterday was the exact date on which the orchestra had been formed. He made a tongue – in – the cheek comment about being in Johannesburg, of all places, on that date! The audience thought that was hilarious.
Well, André was in absolutely top form last night. It was a joy to see him laughing, joking, smiling and having fun with the audience. This is the best interaction we have seen to date.
It was a very responsive audience too. Of course, Johannesburg loved to have the Soweto Gospel Choir on stage. Kimmy also received a warm welcome back home and standing ovations.
The highlight of the evening was having both Carmen and Carla together in South Africa for the first time. The combination of the three voices together with Kimmy, brought tears to many eyes.
Each item on the programme was truly magnificent.
André and the JSO had the audience off their seats and joining in. During the encores he included Sarie Marais and another local favourite, Suikerbossie. It truly was another memorable evening with the Maestro. Jennifer Anne Fourie
Thank You Jenni for the wonderful photos and report!
(The top picture is Ludwig, Ronel and Jenni)

6 comments:

Sue Berry said...

Jenny put a lot of photos on the Harmony Parlor on Facebook, I just chose a few special ones to put on here so you all can see André there. Thanks Jenni!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, very nice to see Ronel, Ludwig and Jenni! Wonderful concert, wonderful company!
Ineke.

LindaB said...

I've been waiting for news coming out of Joburg so thankyou for these lovely photos Jenni, and also Sue for putting them on here!! Great to see Andre looking SOOO fit and to hear that the concert last night was so incredibly wonderful!!!

Alice said...

Oh Jennifer, Andre does look GREAT in Joburg (didn't know this short form until I read Andre's tweet). If I were to choose between HIM and the lovely St. Bernard, I'd say I prefer Andre :)

Ronel Greyvensteyn said...

Wonderful report Jen - you can feel the excitement of the audience and Andre and the JSO in your report and Kimmy Skota's Nun's Chorus brought a tear to my eye. Wonderful concert, wonderful people, wonderful music. Love you all Ronel Greyvensteyn xx

Martine Calvinhac: France said...

Just fabulous report from Jenni. I loved the photos and I felt many pleasure to see again Ronel and Ludwig, Jac and Jenni Fourie of course. I hope to have the same ambience in 8 days in Lyon now!! Thanks so much Jenni and Sue for sharing Lots of love xxx

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