“Maestro For The Masses” (Wall Street Journal)
Releases Album Of Classic Songs Shall We Dance
Available October 6 on Decca Gold
“Ovation TV Premieres Welcome to My World”
Primetime Series August 19
Fall U.S. Tour On Sale
“Mr. Rieu brings a heavy dose of spectacle to his performances”
–New York Times
August 1, 2017 (New York, NY)– World-renowned violinist and conductor André Rieu makes a splash this fall with a new album, extensive U.S. tour and a 10-part primetime series premiering with Ovation TV. Rieu’s new recording, Shall We Dance, will be released October 6 on Decca Gold and features some of the world’s most beloved classic songs including “The Blue Danube,” “Love in Venice,” “Bolero,” “Zorba’s Dance,” and more. The album package will also include a separate, live DVD which captures his visually spectacular, party-like live concert experience. Bringing the vibrant show stateside, the celebrated maestro kicks off his U.S. tour on October 19 in Phoenix (full tour dates below).
On August 19, Ovation TV, America’s only Art’s Network, premieres a 10-part, primetime series on André Rieu, “Welcome To My World.” The documentary gives an in-depth glimpse into the artist’s successful career and the many facets of what happens both on and off-stage.
André Rieu is one of the biggest-selling male touring artists of all time (Billboard/Pollstar) and was a Top 10 grossing touring artist for eight years straight consecutively from 2009-2016, alongside such massive acts as Coldplay and Madonna. He has performed for more than fifteen million concertgoers, sold over 40 million albums and DVDs worldwide, garnered 500 Platinum Awards globally (more than any other artist) and amassed over one billion YouTube views. A true global star, he has appeared on such popular U.S. television programs such as Dancing With The Stars, CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, and multiple headlining concert specials for PBS.
A born entertainer, the engaging Rieu, like his idol Johann Strauss, thumbs his nose at the conventions of the classical genre and welcomes audiences of all stripes to his musical world. During his concerts, he makes jokes, tells stories, and even indulges 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 popular and romantic songs from all decades.
Rieu is also an entrepreneur and family man behind the scenes. He celebrates the 30th anniversary of his own Johann Strauss Orchestra this year, the largest private orchestra in the world with 60 members, whose backgrounds represent over ten nations of origin. Based in the Netherlands, his company, “André Rieu Productions,” has 110 full-time employees on the payroll, as well 100 freelancers while touring. He has his own recording studio, travel agency, a Stradivarius from 1732, his own busses (built by Mercedes Benz) and owns a complete atelier in which the costumes for his concerts are made. He owns four complete sets of the stage, instruments, and costumes. The home he shares with his wife in Maastricht is a 27-room, fairy tale castle built in 1452.
US Tour Dates:
10/19 – Phoenix, AZ
10/20 – Las Vegas, NV
10/21 – San Diego, CA
10/22 – Los Angeles, CA
10/24 – San Jose, CA
10/25 – Sacramento, CA
10/26 – Fresno, CA
10/28 – Tacoma , WA
10/29 – Portland, OR
11/1 – Tampa, FL
11/2 – Orlando, FL
11/3 – Sunrise, FL