The world-renown violinist André Rieu will be coming to Israel for two performances: November 4 & 5, 2021 at Menorah Mivtahim Arena.
Rieu sent a message to Israeli audiences: “My dear friends, my orchestra and I are thrilled to finally return to Israel in November. The past months have reinforced our passion for music, our desire to perform for you, our impatience to jump back onstage. My orchestra and I can still hear your laughter and see your smiles. COVID 19 has delayed our concerts – it will not conquer our spirits! Thank you for your loyalty and patience and please stay healthy.”
Rieu will be among the first international artists to perform in Israel, following a year in which the pandemic forced the postponement or cancellation of shows. For those who are not familiar with his orchestra, the inclusion of the phrase “I can still hear your laughter” in his message to Israeli audiences may sound unusual. Laughter in the audience and classical music do not usually go together. Yet Rieu is known for the liveliness, accessibility and humor of his performances, attracting many who otherwise might not seek out classical music concerts. His concerts with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, which he created in 1987, rival rock concerts in their size and revenue, and he holds the record for the highest grossing classical artist in Billboard’s Boxscore history. Light classical music, waltzes, film scores and even pop songs are included in Rieu’s concert repertoire.
The concert in Israel is produced by Gad Oron, who says that Rieu’s concerts are a visual delight, as he and the members of the orchestra enter the arena walking through the audience to the stage, with extravagant costumes and a giant screen onstage behind the orchestra, on which the changing images are suited to the music being performed.
Performances will take place at Menorah Mivtachim Arena on November 4 & 5. Ticket holders with tickets from the 2020 concerts that were postponed – those tickets and seats are still valid. Tickets may be ordered online from Lean www.leaan.co.il, or call *8780. Only tickets purchased from Lean will be honored.