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.

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