Concert on Mainau Island- Andre Rieu's Summer Special

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On 11 André Rieu presents in June 2010 at 21.30 clock in the island of Mainau a romantic open air -summer concert. Tickets are on sale from 24 April 2010 exclusively on or at 01805-570070.

This year, André Rieu will hold its traditional TV special on the island of Mainau. According to the records in the forest stage in Berlin, France, Tuscany, Vienna, New York, Dresden,and Heidelberg, Melbourne, the "Waltz King" now has the romantic island of Mainau selected. The most beautiful places on the island will be on view in this TV special. "Roses from the South", the famous waltz by Johann Strauss, which will be the theme of this concert.
Contributors: the sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Carmen Monarca and the tenors Gary Bennett, Bela Mavrak and Thomas Greuel.  An opulent concert program with Viennese waltzes, tunes from operettas and musicals Rieu has collected for this Eurovision special.

André Rieu, the Dutch violinist and orchestra leader has so far sold more than 30 million albums. Together with its 50 member Johann Strauss Orchestra he does on his tours in 5 continents.


Each year more than 700,000 spectators experience his great concerts - he is thus one of the top ten touring artists.   In the U.S., he was crowned the No. 1 classical artists in Australia, he received more than 100 times for his platinum records and DVDs.
André Rieu: "Even as a child I was fascinated by the enormous world of music. My father was a conductor and I still remember the bombastic sound of the orchestra, to the many bows, which were always simultaneously in the same direction.  I thought that was wonderful!  However,I was surprised at the sombre atmosphere during the concerts. All of them made such a serious face, no one was allowed to clear his throat, let alone laugh, even though this music brought out so much joy ".

"The waltz drew me so much under his spell that he, several years later has been a musician living in three-quarter. Now I am playing today with my own orchestra much more than just waltz.  My dream is to make all sorts of classical music accessible to a wide audience. "


The concert on the island of Mainau will be recorded as a "Special" for ZDF in October and aired in a Eurovision broadcast in ZDF, ORF and Swiss television, then subsequently in many countries around the world.  It is anticipated a total audience of 80 million. In addition, the concert will be distributed worldwide on DVD.


Something About The Island

Mainau is an island in Lake Constance (on the south shore of the Überlinger See near the city of Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany). It is maintained as a garden island and a model of excellent environmental practices. Administratively, the island has been a part of Konstanz since December 1, 1971, when the municipality of Litzelstetten, of which Mainau was part, was incorporated into Konstanz. Mainau is still part of Litzelstetten, now one of 15 wards (administrative subdivisions) of Konstanz.


The island belongs to the Lennart Bernadotte-Stiftung (English: the Lennart Bernadotte Foundation), an entity created by the late Lennart, Count Bernadotte af Wisborg, formerly a Prince of Sweden and Duke of Småland.  It is one of the main tourist attractions of Lake Constance. Beside flowers there is a park landscape with views on the lake. There is also a greenhouse with tropical climate and thousands of butterflies.


Mainau Bay is the location of the university sailing club; their many small sailboats add to the summer scenery.
Until the Napoleonic mediatisations and secularisations of small German fiefs this island belonged to the Order of Teutonic Knights. It was later sold into private ownership. In 1853 Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden  purchased the island as his personal property and built a summer palace   there. At the end of World War I Baden became a republic with the abdication  of Grand Duke Frederick II, son of Frederick I. The former Grand Duke retained his private property including Mainau. When he died childless in 1928 the island passed to his sister Victoria of Baden, wife of King Gustaf V of Sweden. Upon her death two years later she bequeathed the island to her second son Prince Vilhelm, Duke of Södermanland and his descendants. In 1932 Prince Wilhem gave Mainau to his only child Count Lennart Bernadotte who owned it until 1974 when he transferred the island to a foundation. Count Bernadotte formed Enterprise Mainau GmbH in 1991 as a private enterprise to manage the island for the benefit of the Lennart Bernadotte-Stiftung. The Count remained active in managing Mainau until his death in 2004 but appointed his second wife Sonja co-manager in 2001. Today Lennart's widow Sonja Countess Bernadotte af Wisborg and his children run both the foundation and the management company.






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