King of the Waltz

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SCENE takes a more cultured tone this week because of the arrival of André Rieu and the Johann Strauss orchestra.

Rieu — the world’s most popular classical artist — is renowned for his energetic and festive live concerts.

The maestro will conduct the 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and play his world-famous Stradivarius violin to create a celebratory atmosphere, where fans are encouraged to get out of their seats and waltz in the aisles.

For the celebrated artist, his main goal, he says, is to ensure people have “an unforgettable night.

He continued: “I like to talk to my audience, interact with them and look them in the eyes.

“People can expect a colourful concert, with beautiful melodies, waltzes, surprises, balloons, the tenors and our lovely sopranos from South Africa, Australia and Brazil!

“I am really looking forward to visiting my fans in the UK again”. 
Known as The King of Waltz, André Rieu is one of the best-selling live acts in the world.

Rieu has sold more than 30 million albums globally, and has broken all classical concert records, packing stadiums and arenas with more than 700,000 adoring fans each year.

Currently he has seven albums listed in the British music DVD top 40. Rieu’s latest release Fiesta Mexicana! reached the number one position, leaving behind artists like Justin Bieber, Nirvana and Michael Jackson.

The new album by André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, entitled, And The Waltz Goes On, has just been released in the UK.

He displays both wit and his mastery as an arranger throughout the rest of the album. Not only are we treated to world-famous waltzes but also timeless classics such as Singin’ In The Rain and We’ll Meet Again.

Fans across the country can see for themselves just why André Rieu is the biggest solo male touring artist in the world. Conducting the Johann Strauss Orchestra with his violin bow – just like the composer himself – Rieu’s onstage charisma and demeanour make his live shows irresistible.

 n André Rieu will be appearing at Glasgow’s SECC on Wednesday. Tickets, priced from £40 are available from www.ticketSOUP.com or 0844 395 4000.