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.
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|