Hi Andre and JSO
What a Contrast!!
Watched your DVD New Year's Eve in Vienna(2005) on New Year's eve here in Australia( We've all grown a few white hairs since then)!!! and thoroughly enjoyed it.
However, next day was the showing on TV of the Annual Vienna New Year's Day concert, how can you compare the emotions of musicians, playing almost identical music to you but with such long faces!!! The only person who seemed to be enjoying himself was their new young conductor Gustavo Dudamel
Safe travelling and success in 2017
Hi Andre and JSO
So very saddened to learn of Ruud's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with Lin and her family and with you and your family as well as the orchestra family.
Over the holidays my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed your new DVD, "Christmas in London" and "December Lights" plus all your Christmas CD's. You bring Christmas to us each year and we thank you. Your new CD,"Falling in Love" is totally beautiful. My favourite selection is "Can't Help Falling In Love". It is absolutely the best!
All good wishes as you and JSO continue on with life in Amsterdam providing us all with comfort and joy. Health, happiness again, and safety to you all in your upcoming tour. Much love.
Cher André, en cette nouvelle année 2017, je vous adresse ainsi qu'à tout le JSO, votre famille tous mes meilleurs vœux et avec beaucoup de courage à tous pour reprendre vos concerts samedi prochain. Toutes mes pensées vous accompagneront sans oublier Ruud qui sera sûrement proche de vous de là où il est parti bien trop tôt ainsi qu'à Lin et ses enfants !!
Bien affectueusement à tous.
Cher André, avec un peu de retard pour cause de maladie je viens vous souhaiter une heureuse année 2017 avec la reprise des concerts des samedi et dimanche à Bruxelles ou je vais venir. J'espère que pour vous et le JSO la reprise ne sera pas trop difficile avec le décès de Ruud qui m'a beaucoup affectée comme tous ceux et celles qui assistent à vos concerts. Je n'oublie pas dans mes voeux le JSO et tous les solistes.
Je vous envoie mille baisers.
Hi dear Andre,
How lovely to see the beautiful melody from LOVE IN VENICE 'VIENI SUL MAR' on your FB page! It reminds me of my beloved Oma who taught it to me and we’d sing it together when I was little Andre. Love in Venice is such a beautiful and romantic Album. I love all your little Video Clips too, Andre, on your VIDEO page. I well remember when you built the magnificent Venetian Stage Set on your beloved Vrijthof in preparation for your Summer Home Concert. The World was amazed as the construction took shape and hearts beat faster knowing they’d be with you on the magical Square for enchanting evenings of love, beautiful music and your own unique mischievous humour which I love so much Andre.. What magic will Maastricht hold in 2017 Andre?! Happy day. Love and respect always Viv xx
Good Morning Dearest Andre it's cold an grey at 4c my gardens full of shouting birds as I busily fill all the feeders an put out a warm bath, it's great to be home to see all this activity and a few spring flowers. At the same time 'The Lady in the Red Jacket' at Many Arenas is surrounded by glorious uplifting an wonderful music from your brilliant Orkest, a great favourite Forever Vienna provides piece after piece of spectacular yet soothing music gladdening my heart. Throughout my cruise your wonderful music gave great happiness to me an my friends an I made many new fans who heard your music and were enchanted by it wanting more information on this Great Musician an his wonderful Orkest, more memories to treasure plus special thoughts of a great trombonist. Lots of Love Lady Margaret.
I'm so sorry to hear about the extremely sad news about Ruud, my thoughts are with his family and friends.
Eindelijk kunnen we er bij zijn in maastricht kan echt niet wachten. Helaas zitten we miet vooraan maar dat zal het mooie er niet minder om maken. Samen met friends from Ireland. Zoals zovelen je al eerder hebben verteld je muziek ontroerd maakt je vrolijk je muziek leeft dankjewel daarvoor. Liefs Anneke
It was with profound sadness that i learned of the untimely death of our dear friend Ruud.He enjoyed life to the full. He had a great sense of humour and was a outstanding musician.He will be sadly missed.
My thoughts are with his Wife and family.
May he rest in peace.
Hi dear Andre,
I hope you are all feeling a little more able to 'pick up the threads of life' again and that Ruud's love and admiration for you will enable you all to create your musical magic by holding him close in your hearts and performing 'for him' and 'in his memory'. I know we in the UK cannot wait to see you all and send you our love and encouragement with the biggest rapturous welcome and outpouring of love that you have ever seen or heard Andre! I read a nice report today on your forthcoming Concert in Slovenia saying how happy they are you are going to share your heart and music with them. Andre you often say "Decisions should be taken with the heart not the mind, not just in music but also in life" and I couldnt agree with you more. With love and respect always Viv xx
To Andre from Jack Olsson, aged 93, Canberra, Australia
Christmas Eve in Canberra- and the joy of your Christmas Spectacular
Dear Andre, some time ago I was given one of your DVD’s which I found so beautifully presented with a mixture of humour and music that I purchased more including “Andre Rieu on Holiday”.
In setting up the Christmas tree this year I decided to invite a few neighbours in for a pre-Christmas drink and having sat them down put on your DVD.
As the scene opened with snow lightly falling and the beautiful nativity scene we heard your beautiful orchestra playing carols while young children with candles dressed as Angels moved slowly around. It took our breath away. It was magic – All of my guests put down their glasses and sat back to enjoy. On Christmas day I put your DVD on again to the delight of us all.
Thank you Andre for this beautiful DVD, and may I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Je vous présente tous voeux de santé et bonheur pour vous et votre famille pour 2017!
Mes meilleurs voeux pour tout le JSO !
Une pensée pour Ruud ce musicien talentueux qui va manquer à tous! Bon courage pour la reprise de vos concerts!
Me fascina tu musica, es celestial.. me encantaria si tu vienes
a South America a Colombia y nos brindas un concierto en Bogotà.
Para que mis Padres te puedan escuchar... sera maravilloso..
Que Dios te siga bendiciendo por ese Don tan grande que tienes.
Dear Lin I was devastated to hear of your very sad loss of a lovely spirited Father and Husband My thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
We Love watching Andrea and his orchestra and watching Rudd performing his own special trick there is now an empty seat that NO one will be able to fill.
My prayers are with you bless you and your family and of course Rudds family
Hi dear Andre
I'm sure you will have enjoyed your New Year with your beloved family even though 'last year' was tinged with sadness for us all. Now 2017 has started and your Dutch Friends are full of excitement as they anticipate your forthcoming NEW YEAR Concert in AMSTERDAM. I have to admit, Andre, I would love to be there but many of my friends are going and I’ll hear their news and see your lovely News and photos too. I am also seeing much excitement in Germany as they await your 2017 Tour. Reflecting on all the wonderful evenings I’ve spent with you and all the gorgeous music you’ve shared I feel so lucky to be living at the same time as you Andre! I hope 2017, the 30th Anniversary of your formation of your JSO, will be the best year yet! With love and respect always Andre. Viv xx
mille pensées vers vous prince adoré et tous ceux qui vous entourent, de tendres baisers de votre cht'ite
Dear Andre & family: This eve we are enjoying the beautiful CD from you and JSO--"Falling in Love." What an incredible reminder of the love of music and romance each of you and JSO bring to all. We hope each day brings the gift of joy, fond memories, and peace as you once again return to the studio and begin anew. Your fans love all of you! Blessings....
What would it take for you and your orchestra to come to Kansas City, Missouri? I can dream can't I ---
It was our last night in Barcelona. I was sick in the bed and when I was flipping around the Catalan tv channels I saw your concert. I just would like you to know that it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen on tv all my life. What a wonderful way was to say goodbye the last hours of 2016! Thank you and all of your amazing orkestra members!
So sorry to hear the sad news. We were in Nottingham for the concert, which seems to have made the news worse. Our deepest condolences to you all.