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World Premiere of Waltz Composed by Anthony Hopkins Andre Rieu Receives High Distinction in Austria

VIENNA, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


André Rieu has received the Grand Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria last saturday. The decoration was awarded by Marianna Klicka, president of the District of Vienna. Rieu received the decoration because of his efforts to promote Viennese music around the world.

Rieu, the world's most popular classical artist who is renowned for his energetic and festive live concerts, thanked the Republic of Austria by performing the waltz "Wiener Festwalzer", which he composed himself.

A Waltz written by Anthony Hopkins
In the audience was Antony Hopkins, who came all the way from Los Angeles to attend the world premiere of "And the waltz goes on", which was composed by Hopkins. Hopkins has written music for many years, but the 'Thor' co-star composed his latest piece, "And The Waltz Goes On," with Rieu specifically in mind to perform it. Rieu was so enthusiastic about the work that he immediately set plans in motion to record it, reportedly moving Hopkins' wife to tears during the initial performance of the tune.

The waltz will be on Rieu's new album and will be performed by Rieu while on tour in the USA, Canada and Mexico, this fall. The complete itinerary of the tour can be found below.

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                    (Photo: Govert de Roos)

TOUR DATES
10-Sept Calgary, Alberta Scotiabank Saddledome
11-Sept. Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place
12-Sept. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
14-Sept. Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre
16-Sept. Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center
17-Sept. Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
18-Sept. Chicago, IL United Center
19-Sept. Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
8-Oct. Mexico City, Auditorio Nacional
9-Oct. Mexico City, Auditorio Nacional
10-Oct. Mexico City, Auditorio Nacional
11-Oct. Mexico City, Auditorio Nacional
13-Oct. Guadalajara, Auditorio Telmex
14-Oct. Guadalajara, Auditorio Telmex
16-Oct. Monterrey Arena Monterrey
18-Oct. San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
19-Oct. Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
19-Nov. Washington, DC Patriot Center
20-Nov. Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy center
21-Nov. Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
22-Nov. Ottawa, Ontario Scotiabank Place
23-Nov. Montreal, Québec Bell Centre
25-Nov. Manchester, NH Verizon Arena
26-Nov. Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
27-Nov. Albany, NY Times Union Center
28-Nov. Newark, NJ Prudential Center
29-Nov. Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Arena
30-Nov. Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre


SOURCE Andre Rieu Productions




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