Thursday, May 22, 2008

Andre Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra

I guess I have a wide range of musical tastes or maybe I'm just getting old.

Last night we attended the Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra concert. Fantastico!

I would probably have not have known of this Andre and his orchestra, if it had not been for my mother, would would call me up so I'd tune in when his concerts were aired on PBS.

The show began at 7:30pm at the TD BankNorth Garden and ran almost 2 1/2 hours. A 40 piece orchestra, Andre Rieu and a variety of tenor and soloist singers made for a fantastic evening of music.

"Binoculars might have been nice to bring" I thought, as we drove to catch the Orange-Line train to Boston. Turns out binoculars were not needed. To the left and right of the stage were two HUGE monitors, each about 50 feet wide. Live close-ups of the performers were simulcast during the show.

Selections included, The Blue Danube Waltz, a Mozart Medley, America the Beautiful, Amazing Grace, to name a few. A tear-jerking rendition of Ave Maria was sung by Mirusia Louwerse.

The one selection I was hoping to hear most, was not in the line-up, The Second Waltz.

The music was drastically different than the rock concerts I attended on the same site in the old Boston Garden during the 70's. Bands like Jethro Tull and Aerosmith and left my ears ringing.

I wish my mother was still around to have attended the concert with me last night. She would have loved it, as I did.


Anonymous said...

I wish the concerts wer a bit more affordable!

Jim said...

It turns out that the tickets prices are raised by some ticket distributors and some raise prices more than others. Ticketmaster seems reasonable. I paid about $75.00 each.