Last Sunday, I had the privilege of attending an André Rieu concert at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. As a connoisseur of classical music, I looked forward to hearing the sweet sounds of the Dutch violinist and his waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. An André Rieu concert is part music, part comedy and part entertainment. From the operatic voices of the soloists, to the melodic sounds of the soothing strings, to the comical interactions between Andre and his orchestra, an André Rieu concert appeals to all ages.
André Rieu is The King of the Waltz
André Rieu, also known as “The King of the Waltz,” is one of the best-selling classical musicians of all time, and one of the most popular musicians in Europe. He has sold over 40 million CDs and DVDs and notched 30 No. 1 chart positions worldwide.
As leader of his own Johann Strauss Orchestra, the largest private orchestra in the world with 60 members, Rieu has played for more than 15 million people. Over the years, his concerts have featured Mary Poppins flying over the audience, the sweet accompaniment of the Soweto Gospel Choir, and special guests like Jermaine Jackson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
During his concerts, Rieu likes to make jokes, tell stories, and even indulge in a bit of slapstick comedy in between performing some of the most beautiful waltzes in the world, along with hits from musicals and films, and beloved popular and romantic songs from all decades.