Update on The Ongoing Rieu Study
Rieu scholars to explain their research - By our culture editor MAASTRICHT: The five experienced scientific researchers who will pour themselves into the global phenomenon André Rieu for the next two years, will provide a large presentation next Thursday in Maastricht’s City Hall. There they will give an explanation of the design of their study which they are considering. According to them, this research will focus on the work and the significance of the Maastricht Orchestra leader and cultural entrepreneur André Rieu in the context of current cultural dynamics.
The research consists of five experienced researchers from the Maastricht University. The initiator of this study is Prof. Dr. Maaike Meijer. She is assisted by Dr. Peter Peters, Dr. Louis van den Hengel and Prof. Dr. Mark Petersen (all from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) and Dr Jacques van den Boogard of the Social Historical Center Limburg.
The aim of this project, which has been given the working title "The secret of André Rieu"' is to study all aspects of "Rieu"; the contents of his music, the adaptations these contents undergo in the hands of the orchestra, the cultural and historical backgrounds of the repertoire, the audience’s range and the emotions which surface during this cultural experience.
In addition marketing, the technical and economic aspects of these productions, their significance to the culture and economy to the city of Maastricht, the province, the Netherlands and the Euro region will also be studied. "Rieu’s works excites us tremendously" the researchers let know. We find them exciting, compelling, sentimental and sometimes very funny. The effects are spectacular - and we do not only just mean the fireworks which are ignited at the concerts, but also the fascination of the masses of the people who are attending a concert. As researchers we want to understand how that fascination evolves and continues."
The researchers were given access to the entire company, they are allowed to research archives, speak with the staff and participate in all of the company’s activities, both in front as well as behind the scenes. This research, including all costs of the staff and the production of a documentary, will amount to about 535,000 Euros.
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