Two years ago we had purchased our tickets for the Vienna concert of November 2021. We booked a hotel
and the night train, but two days in advance the concert had to be cancelled due to Covid 19.
Ruud and Ineke decided still to travel and make the best of our Vienna trip. At least Vienna is a lovely city.
They were very strict on corona rules and none of the offered (smaller) concerts in the city could go on, but
to our surprise very crowded Christmas markets were allowed!
The red sign below our feet,
says: “Take care: flower bulbs
are sleeping here”.
While preparing our journey, our Maastricht friends Jean and Marie-Jeannne surprised us with a YouTube
video: "the making of Schönbrunn Vienna" in 2006. We had not seen this video before and it blew us away.
How amazing! So fascinating to see. The duration of the video is 20 minutes. We add a picture here of the
fangroup of July 2006!
November 19, 2022.
André Rieu performed two concerts in
the “Wien Stadthalle”, which is Austria’s
largest event center, consisting of 6 large
halls, in Vienna.
Jo Cortenraedt, a journalist from Limburg, was in
Vienna and wrote a column for the Chapeau
He describes the fatigues of traveling all the time
and why the fans sometimes miss soloists or
orchestra members for a while, which clarifies a
lot: “Some take a daily Siësta, others regularly
take a week off to recharge the battery”.
Anyone can be replaced, except André!!
November 19, 2022. Chapeau Magazine, Column by Jo Cortenraedt.
Translation by Ineke/John.
It seems so nice, to travel around the world while playing music. Of course it is, because you can make
music in all kinds of countries for a usually appreciative audience. But it's not just all glamour and fun, as I
noticed again this week, when I was in Vienna for a few days with André Rieu and his entire entourage.
It is very difficult to move as a musician from country to country, from city to city, even though the care is still
The Maastricht orchestra leader and his orchestra, plus a lot of employees around who you don't see on
stage, who have been repeating concerts all year, which were previously on the agenda but were canceled
due to corona. That's catching up. This fall, the entire company flew to South America for performances in
Chile and Uruguay, among others. There are still a few flights to be made on that continent, due to the large
distances involved. And for weeks all kinds of cities in Europe have been treated, and these days including
Bratislava and Skopje.
Since at every airport one has to go through the entire ceremony of checking-in, security and especially
waiting, a lot of time passes for everything but creative matters. Then by bus to the hotel, then by bus to the
relevant music hall, eat together and then wait again until you can start performing. And the next day you go
on again. You're away from home for a few weeks, always on the move.
Of course, those musicians do it all for their profession and making music for an enthusiastic audience,
which gives more energy than such an Austrian drink. And during the day, with a bit of luck, you can visit
special places in the city in question. You are then a world traveler in optima forma.
But still, the jet lag, the hanging around, the waiting, it takes its toll. That applies to all those big orchestras,
in whatever genre. Whether it's, for example, the Vienna Philharmonic (most recently touring Asia for
almost three weeks), the Royal Dutch Concertgebouw Orchestra, or the Rolling Stones, and everything in
between. It all seems like a lot of fun and it is, but it's also grueling. It is not surprising that André Rieu
brings along his personal trainer who works with him every day to maintain his physical fitness. And Mick
Jagger also does everything to stay fit. Just try to stand and jump on stage for about three hours, almost
every night!! Especially at that age, that is very cleaver. But also many younger musicians do a lot of sports,
they are right in that aspect.
So I have a lot of respect for these traveling artists who show their musical skills all over the world. If they
didn't, many unforgettable moments could not be experienced. Many millions of people are provided a
Most also build in rest breaks to stay in balance, otherwise they won't survive. One swears by a daily siesta,
the other regularly takes a week off to recharge the battery. There are, of course, those who do not take a
rest in the euphoria of the life force. But it's like an electric car. It drives fantastic, but if you don't regularly
charge it, you come to a complete standstill.
Fans have the idea that it is always a party for those musicians. And the neighbors think they're going "on
vacation" when they go on tour. But in reality it is mostly hard work. With a very nice result and an incredible
amount of satisfaction, that is true.
After a long absence we were
happy to see Mireille Brepols
back on stage.
Fans find each other: Ineke (NL), Martine Rapin,
Michelle Flament, Karin Grandvaux, (France).
Madieke Schoots, Micaëla Oeste, Anna Majchrzak.
Gary Bennett, Béla Mavrak, Serge Bosch.
Gunilla Burlin was
in Vienna with her
Sightseeing Vienna, catching up with world stars.
Hundertwasserhaus and Museum Kunst Haus Wien. Even the restrooms are special.
Capuchin church and crypt with the mighty German/Austrian/Hungarian emperor’s families.
On the picture are sarcophagi of Sisi (Elisabeth), her husband Franz Joseph and their son Rudolph.
Harmony Parlor fan group on Facebook: The fans had noticed that many orchestra members were not there
during the latest tour and wondered what had happened. Jo Cortenraedt, describes in the article below why
some orchestra members sometimes take a few days off.
This is Ineke’s short report of the two wonderful concerts in Vienna. We missed: Martine Wijers, Roland
Lafosse, Roger Diederen, Donij van Doorn, Ellie Moran, Karin Haine, Lin Jong, Boris Goldenblank, Linda
Custers. Frank replaced Martine on the piano. The first concert Willy Huppertz replaced Roger and the
second concert Romano, Roger’s son. Madieke was one of the sopranos together with Micaëla and Anna.
We saw Belinda Evans back in the choir, with Anna Reker, Christina, Joline, Madieke, Kalki and Virgenie.
Mireille Brepols was back in the percussion section, but Dean still played the timpani.
We met Gunilla Burlin and her husband Björn from Sweden, and three ladies: Martine Rapin, Michelle
Flament and Karin Grandvaux from France.
And of course we spent some lovely days in a rainy Vienna, brightened up with Christmas decorations.
Limbourgeois (L1 TV) about Vienna with André Rieu.
Extended report from Vienna, where the Maastricht orchestra leader André Rieu gave two concerts last
week. Program maker Jo Cortenraedt walked with André Rieu through the streets of the Austrian capital
city, discovering the birthplace of his music.
Duration of the video: 25 minutes. Translation Ineke/John, Subtitles: Ruud.