11:50 Thursday 07 February 2013

Composer Rieu set for UK tour

Written byBY JAMES BRINDLE

ONE of the world’s biggest-selling composers will be hitting the stage in Nottingham later this year as part of a major tour.

The upcoming dates will be part of Andre Rieu’s international And The Waltz Goes On Tour, named after his successful album for which he collaborated with Sir Anthony Hopkins.

The maestro and his orchestra will perform beautiful waltzes on the 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 humour.

He said: “Every night when I play around the whole world, I see with my own eyes what the waltz does to 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!”

Rieu will perform at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on December 20, 2013. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am at www.capitalfmarena.com or by calling 0843 373 3000.

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