TAMPA, FL – Violin master André Rieu, one of the best-selling live acts in the world, is returning to the US and Canada with a brand new show. Rieu’s 12-city tour will include performances in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Vancouver and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. His Tampa concert, part of Rieu's international, "And The Waltz Goes On Tour", will be held on Friday, March 8 at 8:00 PM. The tour is named after his successful album for which he collaborated with Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Billboard ranked his 2011 tour as the 9th highest grossing tour of the year, just behind Lady Gaga. He has broken all classical concert records, packing stadiums and arenas with more than 700,000 adoring fans each year. Rieu has sold over 32 million albums globally and received 330 platinum awards for his albums. With his natural charisma, Rieu conducts his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and plays his 1732 Stradivarius violin to create a celebratory atmosphere.
"Every night when I play around the whole world, I see with my own eyes what the waltz does with the audience. People get out of their seats and waltz in the aisles spontaneously. They sing, they smile and for a moment they forget all their worries and are happy. That is why this tour is an ode to the waltz!" – says André Rieu.
Sure, the maestro and his orchestra will perform beautiful waltzes on this tour, but the concerts are much more than that. From famous Viennese operettas to film scores, spirituals to musicals, and from folk songs to marches; Rieu's concerts are a perfect mix of thrilling, romantic, festive and emotional melodies combined with surprises, balloons, beautiful soloists and of course Rieu's great sense of humor.
So far 2012 was a very successful year for the violinist. Rieu gave a record breaking series of 30 sold-out concerts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He won a Classic BRIT award for his album "And The Waltz Goes On" and is nominated for a prestigious Mexican Luna award. With his first tour in Brazil Rieu reached the #1 position in Pollstar’s Box Office Chart of highest grossing tours in July. Leaving behind artist like Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, Coldplay, Celine Dion, The Black Keys and Pearl Jam.
André’s record company Universal Music will release HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS on CD, DVD and Blu-ray™ on October 30.
Press materials and high-res photos available for download at: http://press.andrerieu.com.
Tickets: Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, October 26 at 10:00 AM at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Ticketmaster outlets and at Ticketmaster.com. To order tickets by phone call 800.745.3000. Ticket prices are $45.00, $75.00, $99.00 and $139.00. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. For dinner reservations at the newly renovated Firestick Grill on the day of the event please visit tampabaytimesforum.com or call 813.301.6926 for more information. Advanced parking passes are available at Ticketmaster.com or the ticket office.