Drama Strikes Orchestra, André Rieu Concert Canceled
De Limburger, 17 Dec 2016: The André Rieu concert which was scheduled in the English Nottingham for Saturday evening had to be canceled.
Namely a member of his Johann Strauss Orchestra suffered a heart attack. The man who for more than twenty years played in the orchestra, is now in critical condition in a British hospital.
A traveling family
André's son Pierre Rieu confirmed the incident, stating that the orchestra cannot muster the strength to go on stage this Saturday . "We are not going to play nice, nice music. We are a traveling family and that has many advantages, but now, we are all devastated." André addressed the group, stating that in this situation he did not want to go on stage.
In his sleep
The orchestra member was struck by cardiac arrest Saturday morning in his sleep at around 5:00 am. His wife, also a member of the orchestra, immediately called for help from the accompanying doctor and security. "We always carry defibrillators with us, and we were able to use them now. Sometimes the question arises whether that sort of equipment and a doctor are really needed, but now we are thankful that we were able to act quickly."
According to Rieu never before had such a serious incident taken place within the orchestra. The orchestra will be in England until December 24. Shows for Monday and Tuesday are still scheduled for London. Whether these will be performed, is according Rieu not yet known.
Thank You to John for this and the Translation of it.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all ...