Earlier this month I had the opportunity to the attend the Andre Rieu tour. Phoenix was the first city in the 12 city USA tour.
Concerts, musicals, plays, ballet…I love watching almost any art performance live. It’s such an amazing experience. I’m always just in awe of the talent (maybe because I have ZERO talent in performing arts). Growing up on the east coast I had the opportunity to attend shows in New York City and Philadelphia. Since living in Arizona I haven’t gone to as many performances as I would like but definitely need to make it a priority (and include my son).
Andre Rieu is a violinist from Denmark. The tour includes the Johann Strauss Orchestra which includes over 50 members. Such a wide variety of instruments, choir, and pianist (who also tap dances on top of her piano in one number). My favorite artists were the soloists – The Plantin Tenors, Donij van Doorn and Anna Majchrzak.
The show includes bits of comedy throughout. It is much more than a violin concert or an orchestra concert. It is a performance that is both entertaining and showcases amazing talent.
One thing I loved is how much fun the orchestra and Andre appear to have while performing. You can definitely tell they treat everyone as family. They also show their love for performing for audiences and engage with the crowd.
Towards the end of the show, 100s of balloons were released from the ceiling – it really reved up the excitement as the show was coming to a close. Everyone started bouncing the balloons around the audience…reminded me of a rock concert. The performance really keeps the audience engaged from beginning to end.
Miss the performance or attend and want to be reminded of the performance? Andre Rieu’s album Shall We Dance was just released in October. Sounds like a perfect holiday gift for a Rieu fan.
The concert was held at the Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix. An amazing venue with great views from any seat. The last performance I attended there was Scooby Doo Live – definitely a different experience but my son loved it as he was an obsessed Scooby Doo fan at the time. What was the last concert you saw at Comerica?
disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.