Nothing #thesistershood likes more than dressing up for a night on the town. When there is music and women in splendid ballgowns who sing like angels while being accompanied by a genius with a violin – perfection. Sisters from Another Mister was thrilled to be #sponsored to attend the World Tour of Andre Rieu and The Johann Strauss Orchestra. The orchestra began back in 1987 by the man now nicknamed the King of the Waltz and first performed on January 1st, 1988 – they truly make the world a happier place.
Andre Rieu brings magic to the stage with his engaging sense of humor, reeling in his audience with his stories, the occasional slapstick comedy, snowflake and balloon drops, and copious amounts of champagne amongst his orchestra – yes, real champagne. Married to his high school sweetheart, Marjorie, and living in a castle built back in 1452 seems fitting for a man who creates dazzling stages and owns an atelier for the production of the lavish dresses for which the ladies in his ensemble are well known. Rieu often wonders what Strauss, one of the people he most admires and considers his idol, would have thought of him – we think he would give him a high five or perhaps take a bow … just look at this spectacle of gorgeousness.
Photo credit: The Johann Strauss Orchestra
There is something about bringing people together from across the globe to rest in the beauty of music that reminded us of our own sistershood. We believe that no matter where in the world you may be, we can be of one mind, and one heart just as World Moms Network brings together women around the globe to share their journey of motherhood. Music can be the language of lovers, the soother of babes in arms, the passion of the theater and the joy of gatherings from young to old. We should mention that Rieu even has a Kindergarten in his 27 roomed abode for members of his orchestra’s children – as world moms, we approve of this message.
And in bringing together hearts and minds, these words resonate …
I make music to touch the souls of people as it’s a language we all can speak. Andre Rieu
Music can break through barriers both linguistically and culturally, across borders and demographics, uniting old and young and captivating audiences when in the presence of a master like Andre Rieu. His boyish charm and delightful stage antics have warmed the world to classical music with unprecedented popularity. The attention to detail in lavish events, ballgowns to the tune of $3,ooo a piece and the grandiose of the sets for his performances have elevated his concerts to an art form. In fact, back in 2015, Rieu took more than $1M in one day at the box office when his annual Summer concert from Maastricht was broadcast live
The waltz can be sad and at the same time uplifting. You have to see life from both sides, and the waltz encapsulates that. If you’re in my audience you give yourself to me and the waltz will grab you. Andre Rieu
Rieu has also been quoted as saying that he would like to be the first musician to play on the moon – it goes without saying that he has already reached for the stars! So are we fans? Absolutely. And because we totally have a crush at this point, and were so dazzled by the glam and the opulent drama unfolding before our eyes – we invite you to feast on this beautiful video. Then head on over and click on this amazing link which will connect you to your local tv station to bring you more delicious goodness packaged as a 10-part series on Ovation TV, America’s only ART network.
For your further listening pleasure, you can always order from general retail or Target has an exclusive version of the CD with two bonus tracks which happen to be our favs too – Music of the Night, from Phantom of the Opera, and, Lara’s Theme, from Dr Zhivago. There is something about music that can take you back in time by a memory stirred that simply makes your heart smile.
So with that in mind, take a look through the tracklist to Shall We Dance;
- Second Waltz
- The Blue Danube
- And The Waltz Goes On
- Godfather ( Main Theme)
- Strauss & Co Medley
- Love In Venice
- Radetzky March
- A Time For Us ( Romeo & Juliet)
- Zorba’s Dance
- Carnival Of Venice
- My Heart Will Go On
- Time To Say Goodbye
- Music Of The Night ( From Phantom Of The Opera) (Target Exclusive)
- Lara’s Theme ( From Dr. Zhivago) (Target Exclusive)
See any old favorites? You will LOVE that Rieu and his talented orchestra have taken them to new heights!
In closing on things loved and this fairy tale evening, I bring the King and Queen of my life, my mom and dad, who were thrilled to be guests of this auspicious event – how cute are they?