Historic Appearance of Andre Rieu in Toronto a Great Success



    TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - The world premiere of the new World Stadium Tour
with Andre Rieu and his orchestra was a great success yesterday night at
Toronto's Rogers Centre. An audience of over 25,000 experienced a show never
seen before, on the biggest stage ever used by any artist in the world.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071215/285887)

    The full-size copy of the world-famous Schonbrunn Palace, familiar from
the film Sissi, after the eponymous Viennese Empress, made a huge impact on
the audience. The stage took 100 sea containers to transport and is 125 metres
wide and 35 metres high, encompassing two ice rinks, fountains and on a
separate second level, an original Viennese ballroom. Horses and carriages, a
Viennese dance school and figure skaters made the performances by Andre Rieu
and his Johann Strauss Orchestra extra spectacular.
    It took over a week for 200 people to build this enormous stage under the
direction of Pierre Rieu, son of the famous Dutch violinist. For Andre Rieu it
was an exciting time. 'At first many people around me did not believe it was
possible to build such a huge stage and put on a show like this. And of course
during the rehearsals all sorts of things went wrong. Like it took longer than
we thought it would for the water to freeze on the ice rinks. But finally
everything came together. This has been a real dream come true for me. In
years to come we will be taking the romance of Vienna to people all over the
world. We are already looking forward to it!'
    The achievement was also a great relief for Pierre Rieu. 'We always
believed in it, but there were many months where it was just a plan on the
drawing board. And it's only here and now in Toronto that it has become a
reality. When you hear the first notes sound from the orchestra, it gives you
goose pimples.'
    Tonight the second concert takes place in Toronto. In 2008 Rieu will be
taking this mega-stage to countries including Australia and America, France,
Belgium and Germany.

    Notes to Editors:

    A picture accompanying this release is available from the European
Pressphoto Agency (EPA) at http://www.epa-photos.com
    For the most recent and updated news, tour dates and (hires) pictures,
please visit: http://Press.andrerieu.com
    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071215/285887





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For further information: Andre Rieu Productions, Kerstin Cornelis,
+31-6-54-35-17-10

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