Just came from a movie theatre of the Cineplex chain and watched a wonderful three hour concert by Rieu in his hometown of Maastricht , Netherlands. It began in the late afternoon and continued on after dark in the main square . Surrounded by cafes / restaurants , the square was full and a special evening ensued, the audience coming from more than 80 countries.
Now here is a showman with class. He did not steal the show but with his Johanne Strauss orchestra and choir , they put on a show.
There were also exceptional vocals by three sopranos and three tenors capturing the audience with music from Pucinni arias , to the songs of My Fair Lady , and Wizard of Oz ( the Australian soprano was off the chart with her Somewhere Over the Rainbow) .Then Rieu led the orchestra with waltzes , including the Blue Danube , Lara’s Theme , and Strauss ( accompanied by 120 pairs of local dancers in the aisles) , capping off with Ravel’s Ballero made all the more powerful being accompanied by four male percussionists, grandfather , father , and two grand sons.
Well , not done yet .
It becomes a party with the audience up and dancing, orchestra members’ antics , and the appearance of a black male singer leading all in rock and roll, ending with the old’ tutti fruity’, and then climaxed by all singing Auld Lang Syne.
Rating 5 out of 5.