Dutch violinist and waltz revivalist André Rieu will take his Johann Strauss Orchestra with him for an extensive, recently announced 2009 tour of North...

Dutch violinist and waltz revivalist André Rieu will take his Johann Strauss Orchestra with him for an extensive, recently announced 2009 tour of North America. With his 1667 Stradivarius in hand, Rieu will perform in 35 cities across the continent, from the April 17 opening show at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, ON, through the closing performance on June 25 at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City, UT.

The coast-to-coast trek also includes concerts on April 23 at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY, on May 21 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL, on May 26 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO, on June 14 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR, and on June 19 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

The outing also includes a total of four dates in Canada, including an April 18 concert at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON, an April 19 performance at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC, and a June 12 show at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC.

Tickets for most dates are available through an internet presale from December 10 at 10 a.m. (EST) through December 12 at 10 p.m. (EST). Public onsales follow on December 13 for regular tickets and VIP packages. According to Rieu’s Web site, four different ticket and merchandise packages are offered, but pricing and availability will vary depending on the venue.

The North American dates follow Rieu’s current worldwide stadium tour, A Romantic Night in Vienna. The stage set has been acclaimed for its size and extravagance, as it includes a golden coach drawn by six white horses, a golden ballroom complete with chandeliers, ice skating rinks, fountains, and a full-size reproduction of a Viennese castle, according to a press statement.

Rieu is joined on tour by his Johann Strauss Orchestra, which he founded in 1987. At the time of its inception, the orchestra had only 12 members, but now more than 40 musicians join the violinist on stage at any given time.

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André Rieu itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 17Toronto, ONAir Canada Center
April 18Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
April 19Montreal, QCBell Centre
April 20Syracuse, NYWar Memorial Arena
April 21Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
April 23New York, NYHammerstein Ballroom
April 24Bridgeport, CTArena at Harbor Yard
April 25Uniondale, NYNaussau Coliseum
April 26Newark, NJPrudential Center
April 27Reading, PASovereign Center
April 28Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
May 14Baltimore, MD1st Mariner Arena
May 15Wilkes-Barre, PAWachovia Arena
May 16Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena
May 17Pittsburgh, PAMellon Arena
May 18Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
May 19Detroit, MIFox Theatre
May 21Chicago, ILAllstate Arena
May 22Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee Theatre
May 23Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
May 24Des Moines, IAWells Fargo Arena
May 25Omaha, NEQwest Center
May 26Denver, COPepsi Center
June 12Vancouver, BCGeneral Motors Place
June 13Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
June 14Portland, ORRose Garden Arena
June 16Oakland, CAOracle Arena
June 17Sacramento, CAArco Arena
June 18Fresno, CASave Mart Center
June 19Los Angeles, CANokia Theatre
June 20Ontario, CACitizens Business Bank Arena
June 22San Diego, CACricket Wireless Amphitheatre
June 23Glendale, AZJobing.com Arena
June 24Las Vegas, NVOrleans Arena
June 25West Valley City, UTUsana Amphitheatre