Multi-Platinum Musical Phenomenon Andre Rieu Announces North American Tour to Launch April 17th

    NEW YORK, April 9 /CNW/ - Andre Rieu, the most successful classical
artist in the world, will embark on a 35-city concert tour throughout the U.S.
and Canada starting April 17th in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

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    The 12,000 capacity arena is one of the largest in Canada and is almost
sold-out. Together with his 60-piece Johan Strauss Orchestra, the music
aficionado tours on five continents, performing to more than 700,000 fans
annually around the world. Billboard Magazine named Rieu the number one
classical artist in the United States for 2008. In addition, Pollstar Magazine
named him one of the Top 10 touring acts in the world, sharing the honor with
Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay.
    Rieu's tours are global extravaganzas, with elaborate sets including
exact reproductions of European Palaces. He believes that classical music
should be accessible to everyone and engages audiences with his unorthodox
approach and radiant atmospheres. Crowned the "King of Waltz" by the media, he
encourages the audience to get out of their seats and waltz in the aisles. His
unique approach to classical music has fans swaying in sold-out stadiums; the
public embraced by the charismatic virtuoso.
    "Especially in times like these, music is very important. My orchestra
and I travel all across the world. Wherever we play, people always seem to
forget their worries for a moment, That's one of the most beautiful and
powerful things of making music," says Rieu. Adding: "I'm really looking
forward to tour the United States and Canada again - our North American fans
have a great attitude and always show their enthusiasm right away from the
very first note."
    Leading music industry magazine Billboard named Andre Rieu as the Top
Classical Selling Artist of 2008 in the United States. He also celebrated
three albums in Billboard's 2008 Top Classical Albums chart. As well as record
sales, Rieu topped the charts in worldwide touring. Pollstar Magazine named
him number eight in the world, with over $77 million in revenue.
    Born in the Dutch city of Maastricht, Rieu started his training at the
Royal Conservatory of Music in Belgium. His studies continued to the
Conservatory in Maastricht and finally to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
2009 marks Rieu's 30th Anniversary Tour, delighting audiences everywhere he
travels. He is known in the U.S. for his wildly popular PBS specials.

    Tour Dates Andre Rieu 30th Anniversary Tour 2009 - North America

    Date     City                  Venue

    4-17     Toronto, Canada       Air Canada Centre
    4-18     Ottawa, Canada        Scotiabank Centre
    4-19     Montreal, Canada      Bell Centre
    4-20     Syracuse, NY          War Memorial at Oncenter
    4-21     Manchester, NH        Verizon Wireless Arena
    4-23     New York City, NY     Hammerstein Ballroom
    4-24     Bridgeport, CT        Arena at Harbor Yard
    4-25     Uniondale, NY         Nassau Coliseum
    4-26     Newark, NJ            Prudential Center
    4-27     Reading, PA           Sovereign Center
    4-28     Camden, PA            Susquehanna Bank Center
    5-14     Baltimore, MD         1st Mariner Arena
    5-15     Wilkes-Barre, PA      Wachovia Arena
    5-16     Cleveland, OH         Quicken Loans Arena
    5-17     Pittsburgh, PA        Mellon Arena
    5-18     Columbus, OH          Nationwide Arena
    5-19     Detroit, MI           Fox Theatre
    5-21     Chicago, IL           Allstate Arena
    5-22     Milwaukee, WI         Milwaukee Theatre
    5-23     Minneapolis, MN       Target Center
    5-24     Des Moines, IA        Wells Fargo Arena
    5-25     Omaha, NE             Qwest Center
    5-26     Denver, CO            Pepsi Center
    6-12     Vancouver, BC         General Motors Place
    6-13     Tacoma, WA            Tacoma Dome
    6-14     Portland, OR          Rose Garden Arena
    6-16     Oakland, CA           Oracle Arena
    6-17     Sacramento, CA        Arco Arena
    6-18     Fresno, CA            SaveMart Center
    6-19     Los Angeles, CA       Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
    6-20     Ontario, CA           Citizens Business Bank Arena
    6-22     San Diego, CA         Cricket Wireless Pavilion
    6-23     Phoenix, AZ  Arena
    6-24     Las Vegas, NV         Orleans Arena
    6-25     Salt Lake City, UT    Usana Amphitheatre

    For ticket information, please visit:

    Eileen Thompson/Joe Schneider
    Rogers & Cowan
    +310-854-8137 / 8140

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