Andre Rieu is one of the best-selling live acts in the world, his 2011 tour was ranked as the 9th highest grossing tour by Billboard – coming in just behind Lady Gaga. Rieu has broken all classical concert records and packs stadiums and arenas with more than 700,000 fans each year. His albums have sold over 32 million copies globally and received 243 platinum awards.
A new tour has recently been announced for 2013 called ‘And The Waltz Goes On Tour’ which is named after the successful album that saw him collaborate with Sir Anthony Hopkins. The tour will see Rieu perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland and tickets are on sale now.
The maestro and his orchestra will of course be performing beautiful waltzes on this tour but the shows offer much more than that. There will also be film scores, Viennese operettas, musicals, spirituals, folk songs and marches. Rieu’s concerts offer a beautiful mix of melodies encapsulating romance, emotion, a festive mood and thrills alongside surprises, beautiful soloists and Rieu’s charismatic sense of humour.
“Every night when I play around the whole world, I see with my own eyes what the waltz does with the audience. People get out of their seats and waltz in the aisles spontaneously. They sing, they smile and for a moment they forget all their worries and are happy. That is why this tour is an ode to the waltz!” says André Rieu.
2012 has been extremely successful for Rieu with a series of 30 sold-out record breaking concerts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. ‘And The Waltz Goes On’ won a Classic BRIT award and is nominated for a prestigious Mexican Luna award. The first tour in Brazil saw Rieu reach #1 on the Pollstar’s Box Office Chart of highest grossing tours in July, he beat out Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Celine Dion, The Black Keys and Pearl Jam for the spot.
Just in time for Christmas Andre Rieu will release a brand new CD ‘December Lights’ and a DVD ‘Home For Christmas’. They were both recorded at the romantic medieval castle in Maastricht that Rieu calls home. Rieu performs 26 classics with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, soloists and choir in his beautiful snowy garden and in the Saint Pieter Church across the street from his home, they range from emotional ballads to traditional Christmas pieces.
The ‘Home For Christmas’ DVD takes us inside Rieu’s home for an intimate Christmas tale in front of his fireplace and offers a personal look at the way Rieu celebrates Christmas with his loved ones and his personal views on this special season.
The new CD and or DVD would make a fabulous gift for lovers of music and Rieu fans this Christmas to bring Rieu into your Christmas celebrations and to ease the long wait before the tour next October.
And The Waltz Goes On Tour Details
October 12, 2013
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
October 16, 2013
Allphones Arena, Sydney
October 19, 2013
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
October 23, 2013
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
October 25, 2013
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
October 29, 2013
Perth Arena, Perth
Tickets for Australian concerts available from Ticketek Australia
Tickets for the New Zealand concert available from Ticketmaster New Zealand
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