Dutch ban André Rieu’s summer concerts. He’s not pleasedOrchestras
With more than 100,000 tickets sold, the Dutch bandmaster has called off his summer series at the Vrijthof in Maastricht. The Dutch authorities will not let him go ahead.
Here’s what he says:
My dear friends,
A lot has happened during the last few months, which gives us new hope to play concerts again for you in the near future.
Many of you, my dear fans, are already vaccinated by now, me too. Unfortunately, we are not yet far enough with vaccinating to sing, laugh and dance together in Maastricht in July, carefree and happy. My orchestra and I long for these evenings as much as you do. I am therefore deeply sad to inform you that our traditional open-air concerts on the Vrijthof in Maastricht can’ t take place this year either.
My concerts are for everybody, young and old. For my fans from all over the world. My orchestra and I are very proud to entertain the whole world in my hometown every summer. 150,000 fans from 90 different countries joined us to celebrate unforgettable evenings in 2019. Those of you who have already visited my concerts in Maastricht know that this magical, unique flair, this joyful atmosphere is only possible without restrictions and distance.
When we celebrate, we do it duly! Unfortunately, this is still not possible in 2021, and your safety is, of course, my top priority.
We have been working very hard over the last few weeks to reschedule all the concerts as we want to give you something to look forward to.
My Johann Strauss Orchestra and I are sending you our very best wishes. We can’t wait to share music and joy with you again very soon!
The waltz must go on – and it will go on!