Tonight at 8PM at the Rogers Arena, André Rieu will perform “And The Waltz Goes On.” For those of you who have never heard of Mr Rieu, he is a world-renowned and beloved Dutch violinist, composer, and conductor. Before you assume this is going to be a serious concert where you must dress up and simply listen and watch the performers on stage, you’re going to be delightfully surprised! Unlike most concerts, you will have a chance to ‘sing along’ (hum or ‘la la la’ to familiar waltzes or operettas), sway in your seats, and even waltz around the aisles! What I also love about Rieu and his orchestra is that everyone’s dressed up. It’s not the standard depressing black suits but colourful ball gowns and dashing tuxedos! Everyone, both young and old, will have a wonderful time!
To see a list of the waltzes that will be played tonight, you can check out the CD album. Why the title “And the Waltz goes On” for the international tour? Did you know that Sir Anthony Hopkins composed a waltz at age 19? 40 years later, his wish that “The waltz must go on” has come true, with the help of Rieu’s arrangement of his piece. If there are still tickets available for this popular event, don’t delay! 😉
Update: 21 March 2013
Last night’s concert was fantastic! Unfortunately, the majority of the attendees were not in the mood (or perhaps not comfortable enough) to sway side to side and join in on the fun until the end. Yesterday also marked the 25th anniversary of the Johann Strauss Orchestra! The concerted was a highlight of all the popular and beloved operettas and waltzes, as well as various musical pieces, in the past 25 years. We hope that Mr Rieu and his orchestra had a lovely impression of Vancouver, despite the fact that 1) the theatre was not completely full, 2) the audience did not know the break is 15 minutes long, and 3) the audience were a bit emotionless at first!