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This week on Rockin' the Music World, Robert Lloyd brings us into the beautiful world of Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra. Never before in this modern age of metal mania, gangsta rap, canned country, or pop fluff, has there been anything such as what is presented in the concerts by Rieu (pronounced RE-YOU') and talented musicians that travel the world with him. This show will cover:
The son of a Dutch conductor and growing up in classical music.
Starting violin lessons at 5 years of age and progressing rapidly while attending school as a boy and then in advanced music conservatories.
Watching classical symphony concerts and noticing the 'sombre' atmosphere that he thought should not be.
Starting his own orchestra in 1987 with only 12 musicians... eventually 150
Having his wife by his side and both working together.
Overcoming criticism for bringing showmanship and a 'rock star' persona, into the stuffy world of classical music.
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