From Maastricht to Gainsborough, violin maestro Andre Rieu proves you can be in two places at once next week when his hometown concert is beamed into Trinity Arts Centre as part of the venues Cinema Live series.
Affectionately known as The King of Waltz, Andre Rieu performs a series of concerts in his hometown of Maastricht, in The Netherlands every year.
The concerts are performed in front of thousands of fans and are set amongst the beautiful medieval backdrop of the town.
As always, Andre will be joined by his famous Johann Strauss Orchestra, his sopranos, tenors and some very special guests.
The Maastricht concerts are André’s most popular concerts of the year and 2015 is shaping up to be his biggest and most spectacular concert ever to be screened in cinemas.
The Maastricht concerts are both special and unique with the atmosphere in the town square heightened by both the enormous crowds and the many restaurants lining the square, who all take part in this magnificent event.
“I am so delighted that my hometown Maastricht concert will once again be coming to cinemas in the UK,” he said.
“It’s going to be an incredible evening and I can promise you it will be a musical night to remember.”
“It’s always great to see people enjoying themselves and having fun.”
“If you can’t join us in Maastricht, we will come to you, in your local cinema.”
Between them, Andre Rieu and the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts
The orchestra began in 1987 with 12 members, giving its first concert in 1988.
Over the years it has expanded dramatically, nowadays performing with between 80 and 150 musicians.
At the time the orchestra first toured Europe, a renewed interest in waltz music emerged in the continent.
The revival began in the Netherlands and was ignited by their recording of the Second Waltz from Shostakovich’s Suite for Variety Orchestra.
This led to Andre Rieu gaining his Waltz King nickname.
Andre Rieu and his orchestra have performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, and Australia.
The size and revenue of their tours are rivaled only by the largest pop and rock music acts
As always, Cinema Live’s programme will feature a host, who will introduce the show as well as conduct an interview with André the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences.
The concert runs for approximately three hours including a 15-minute interval.
Spoken parts will be in English and Dutch (with English subtitles for those latter points).
The concert showing is next Thursday (23rd July) at 7pm.
Tickets priced £15 and £13 are available now from the box office on 01427 676655 or online at www.trinityarts.co.uk