April 12, 2020, Easter (Corona isolation). We will rise up again!
Buonaa Pasqua a tutti!
Happy Easter to everybody, especially for the many who are celebrating these days alone, without the
warmth of their family and friends around them.
March 22, 2020.
In these days of silence a tribute to our country (Italy is one of the most affected countries by the corona
virus in Europe) and to everybody fighting all over the world against this tremendous virus. Hopefully we will
soon sing again full of joy. All men shall be brothers. Ode to joy.
March 13, 2020.
André Rieu had to stop the American concert tour, due to the worldwide outbreak of the
Back to home after having played the first concert of the American tour.
Ready to fight together with everyone for the most important game in the coming weeks...
Thanks for the kind and lovely messages.
From André Rieu’s website:
With such a musical surname, Vincenzo Viola must
have been put on earth to become an excellent
musician, especially in Italy, the country of singers and
violinists! Vincenzo has talents in both directions: he is
a wonderful violinist who is also possessed of a
fabulous singing voice. He comes from Calabria in the
far south of Italy. So it’s no surprise that Vincenzo has
Italian charm, humour and enthusiasm in large
measure. Even at the most hectic moments which are
bound to happen on our tours, Vincenzo is a picture of
calm. For him it’s always true to say ‘La vita è bella!’
Within my orchestra there is a traditional Limburg card
game called ‘trumps’ which is very popular. Whether
we are in a bus, on the plane or in a hotel, there is
always a tournament in progress, and over many years
and tournaments some of the orchestra members have
become unbeatable players.
After Vincenzo played with us for the first time, he soon became one of the most devoted players. He
learns very quickly, and has begun to win more and more often, naturally to the great discomfiture of the
long-time trumps players who feel their national honour is being challenged!
And when he doesn’t feel the need to ‘trump’ the others at cards, he and our double bass player Franco
Vulcano (also from Italy) devote themselves to their shared passion: chess.