Anthony Chávez Mancisidor
lives in Lima, Peru, discovered
André Rieu and the Johann
Strauss Orchestra in 2012.
From then on he started collecting
tour programs. He searched the
Internet and was successful in
finding very early tour programs
from 1994/95 with the CD hit
albums “Strauss & Co” (1994)
And “Wiener Melange” (1995).
Translated by Ineke, edited by
John in Febr. 2015.
The hit "The Second Waltz" is only a sneak peek and one of the most famous classical waltzes, which
André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra recorded in a fantastic way on a CD.
Johann Strauss (senior and junior)
In 1825 Johann Strauss senior (1804-1849) left his friend's (Joseph Lanner 1801-1843) orchestra and
became his rival as a conductor and composer. The Viennese people formed two parties: the Lanner fans
and the Strauss fans.
Johann Strauss senior did not only conquer Vienna, but during his many tours he had half of Europe
dancing to his music. When Joseph Lanner passed away on April 14th 1843, Johann Strauss senior was left
as the only Waltz-King. Eighteen months later, however, a new competitor appeared, that being his own,
named after him son, who debuted as a conductor and a composer on the 15th of October 1844.
Against the will of his father, but encouraged by his mother, Johann Strauss junior studied music. At the age
of 18, he finished his studies with the composition of "Tu, qui regis totum orbem". One year later he
presented his own orchestra to the Viennese audience.
After his father's death in 1849, he took over his father's orchestra, with which he not only performed in
Vienna, but also in Berlin, Paris, London, St. Petersburg, and even in the USA. At the same time he was
successful in composing about 500 waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and so on.
Johann Strauss junior composed two absolute highlights: "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) and "Der
Zigeunerbaron" (the Gypsy Baron).
Track list tour "Strauss & Co" 1994
Frühlingsstimmen Waltz – Persian March – Roses from the South – Vilja Song – O mio Babbino Caro – Mia
bella Fiorentina – G'schichten aus dem Wiener Wald – The Third Man – Hör ich Zimbalklängen – Light
My mother was from Vienna – Vienna, city of my dreams – Here come the angels – Im Krapfenwaldl – I'd
love to kiss women – Petersburger Sleighride – Wolga Song – Emperor's Waltz – Meditation – White Horse
Inn – Radetzky March.
Johann Strauss Orchestra
The Johann Strauss Orchestra, consists of young talented musicians, who greatly dedicate themselves to
the music of this Viennese composer. Just like Johann Strauss' orchestra did in the 19th century in Vienna,
this, in all aspect young ensemble, led by André Rieu, pursues a perfect representation of this impassioned
Not only is perfection their goal, strikingly is the joy with which they play, under the inspiring leadership of
their stand-alone violinist, a great variety of waltzes, polkas, gallops and marches.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Johann Strauss Orchestra is composed of several nationalities.
Besides the Netherlands, also Belgium, Germany, Hungary, and even the USA are present. Actually: Vienna
too, was and is a melting pot of many peoples and precisely that international element is one of the factors
that determines the authentic Viennese atmosphere.
The Johann Strauss Orchestra is entirely dressed in Belle Epoque style and performs on a special designed
stage in a wonderful Viennese atmosphere with golden seats, stands and matching decors.
For many years The Johann Strauss Orchestra, under direction by André Rieu, tours with their Viennese
concerts through the Netherlands and abroad.
Stand-alone violinist André Rieu
One hundred years ago Johann Strauss was adored by his fans, just like André Rieu is today. André also
succeeded in capturing the younger audience with his Viennese waltzes to the slogan: "No House, but
Strauss". There is waltzing in the discos and André is assailed by mostly young female fans who adore him
and ask for an autograph on their T-shirts. His first concert on Dutch TV scored the highest appreciation
figure since the world cup soccer! His CD "Strauss & Co" was number 1 in the charts for many weeks and
obtained gold and double platinum. This is an extraordinary achievement for a classical violinist.
André Rieu is one of six children hailing from a musical family; his father was conductor of the Limburg
Symphony Orchestra and leading conductor of the Opera in Leipzig.
Almost all of his siblings play instruments and they grew up with only classical music: symphonies, chamber
music and opera.
André studied with Jo Juda, Herman Krebbers, and later on with André Gertler at the Brussels
Conservatory, where he achieved a First Price at his final exams.
'When I was asked to join a Salon Ensemble during my study time and we played the "Gold and Silver"
waltz for the first time (by Franz Lehar), a new world opened up for me. What a compelling rhythm, at three-
quarter time. I was immediately fascinated by this wonderful music and I decided to play more of this kind of
music. From that time on I read biographies of Strauss and Lehar and I discovered that Johann Strauss did
not compose his waltzes to only be played in concert halls, but primarily for pleasant events and parties,
where young people were dancing and having fun. Strauss performed in parks and establishments for large
happy audiences. It could be compared to today’s discos.
From the beginning I regretted the huge distance between the performing musicians on stage and the
audience in the concert hall. So I decided to do it differently: I like to have the people involved, let the spark
of this beautiful music jump to the audience.
Lyric tenor Ton Hofman was born in Maastricht and studied vocals there at the Conservatory. For over 15
years now he has been performing and singing operettas, giving concerts in Germany, Belgium, Austria and
Anne Marie Kremer
Anne Marie Kremer (soprano) was born in Emmen, the Netherlands. At the age of 12 she started studying
the piano and at the age of 17 sang her first operetta parts. In 1987 she started her soloist studies at the
Maastricht Conservatory. During her studies she regularly performed operetta productions of the Limburg
Symphony Orchestra. Later on she traveled with a German opera group throughout Europe.
Although she specializes in opera, she also sings musicals (e.g. Maria in Westside story).
“Wiener Melange” tour from
with guest soprano
Melinda Hughes and a
Limburg boys choir named
(The Spring flowers).
And a series of special Christmas
1995: a most successful year
1995 turned out to be a top year for André Rieu. The manner in which he conquered the Netherlands with
his waltzes may be called triumphal. He broke all records. His first CD "Strauss and Co" sold 750.000 (!)
copies in record time. Hundreds of thousands fans attended André Rieu concerts this past season, where
this brilliant violinist together with his Strauss orchestra brought many surprises and emotional moments.
Invariably the audience rewarded them with standing ovations and Viennese waltzes. His new CD "Wiener
Melange" seems to become a tremendous success again. At the release this album it was already number 1
on the charts and in the meantime hundreds-of- thousands of copies were sold. André Rieu is on his way to
a million CDs in one year!! That makes him the most successful recording artist of the Netherlands after
WWII. A phenomenon.
The surrounding countries show much interest in André Rieu. Recently the Austrian television broadcast an
André Rieu's concert and even the German television has done that several times as well. There are even
requests from the USA.
André Rieu will finish this successful year with a series of unique Christmas concerts. Of course many well-
known Christmas melodies will be part of it. They will be assisted with a boys choir. Imagine: a choir like the
"Wiener Sängerknaben" (Viennese boys choir, world famous for their Christmas songs). They will bring the
audience into the true Christmas spirit.
A Christmas concert by André Rieu will be the highlight for every attendant which will remain in your memory
for a long time.
De Lentebloempjes (the Spring Flowers).
Boys choir "De Lentebloempjes" from Margraten (Limburg) was founded in 1964 by Mr. Moonen, who then
was a teacher at an elementary school, and Mr. Vanhautem, the conductor.
It is a very successful choir, which performed concerts, sold CDs, contributed to radio- and TV programs,
and sang in Vienna together with the Wiener Sängerknaben. Currently the choir consists of 25 boys
between 6 and 14 years old. It is difficult to keep a stable boys choir. Every year they lose some of their best
singers due to voice breaking. Last year this choir celebrated its 30th year anniversary which may be called
Melinda Hughes was born in London. After college she left the UK to study vocals at the Maastricht
Conservatory. In 1994 Melinda toured with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra through the
Netherlands and Belgium. She performed operetta favorites together with Marco Bakker (Baritone). After
that she returned to the UK.
Christmas concert 1995
Frühlingsstimmen Waltz – Tritsch Tratsch Polka – Skaters Waltz – Jingle Bells – White Christmas –
Daughter Zion – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – Sleighride – A child is born – Ave Maria – Petersburger
Sleighride – Amazing Grace – Silent Night – Hevenu Shalom Aljechem.
Im Prater blühen wieder die Bäume – Circus Renz – Veleta – Salomé – Ouverture Orpheus in der Unterwelt
– Wolga Song – Emperor's Waltz – Vilja Song – Viennese Carnival – Radetzky March.
Melinda Hughes and Frédéric Jenniges met again in 2012.