Maastrichts Salon OrchestraSince 1978. New since 2015.
Sunday, September 10th, 2017. For the second year in a row the Maastrichts Salon Orchestrawill be the closing act of the PARCOURS-Festival (Opening of the Cultural Season). Theaters, museums and other cultural institutions give a taste of their programs for the coming season. On various stages in Maastricht, amateurs and professionals will give sparkling performances and organize a variety of activities. Entrance is free.
André Rieu started the Maastrichts Salon Orchestra in 1978. In the same year his first son Marc was born. At that time André was still a member of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by his father. But he did not feel happy there. He performed with the Maastrichts Salon Orchestra for about 9 years. (The Salon Orchestra existed for nearly twenty years). André felt that he wanted more and left the Maastrichts Salon Orchestra. In 1987 he started the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
In 2016 André introduced the new Maastrichts Salon Orchestrawith five members of the Johann Strauss Orchestra: Frank Steijns (piano), Cord Meyer-Luesink (violin), Tanja Derwahl (cello), Gosia Loboda (violin), Roland Lafosse. (double bass).
The Maastrichts Salon Orchestra, performing at the historic inner harbour of Maastricht, named: “Het Bassin”, during the annual PARCOURS festivities.
During the annual Maastricht concert series in July, the chamber music ensemble “The Maastrichts Salon Orchestra” entertains the André Rieu VIP guests while they dine at the Kruisheren Hotel.
Fotoshow by Marjo le Comte.
Three videos of the original early Maastricht Salon Orchestra from 1985. Found on YouTube by Kyle Craft and Christine England. Thanks guys!
“If you knew Susie”
“La petite Tonkinoise”
And another “golden oldie”!André Rieu and the Maastricht Salon Orchestra, with the “French Medley”.André wearing a gray tuxedo, and we see Jo Huijts here at the piano.Marco Bakker, tenor.
December 20, 2020. Video above: Live streaming on several Facebook accounts: Muziekgieterij, Frank Steijns, visit Maastricht (tourist office). Duration of the video: 50 minutes. Translation: Ineke/John.Being home for Christmas: André Rieu and the Maastricht Salon Orchestra. Presented by Cultura Mosae from the “Muziekgieterij” in Maastricht. Interviewer: Leon Verdonschot. It was the first time since the world wide corona-virus lockdown in March 2020 that André performed live with the Maastricht Salon Orchestra. Bigger orchestras are not yet allowed to play together.About the reporter Leon Verdonschot: I remembered that we posted two of his columns on this website, 10 years ago!! He was no André fan, but his columns contained lots of humor. We posted them under the item: “Maastricht Info” and “Maastricht dinnertime”.If you are interested to read them, click HERE.
September 9, 2021. From Frank’s Facebook: (The first performance after the corona pandemic).Finally! Performing a Sunday morning concert together with my friends of the Maastricht Salon Orchestra at the opening of the Open Air Theater in Brunssum (The Netherlands) on Sunday September 12th, 10.30 am."The beautiful sounds of the Maastricht Salon Orchestra also give color to the reopening of our theater on Sunday 12 September. It is a 5-piece ensemble, consisting of members of André Rieu's Johann Strauss Orchestra. Rieu once founded the Maastricht Salon Orchestra and still compiles the repertoire, consisting of light classical music. The performance is conducted by violinist and pianist Frank Steijns".