Andre Rieu’s World Premiere of Waltz Composed by Anthony Hopkins

Adrien Rieu, Anthony Hopkins

(Photo credit: Govert de Roos)

Andre Rieu has received the Grand Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria on *Sunday, July 3. The decoration was awarded by Marianna Klicka, president of the District of Vienna. Rieu received the honor for 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 a waltz he composed, “Wiener Festwalzer,” with his Johann Strauss Orchestra.

Sir Anthony Hopkins was in attendance on Sunday, as he came from Los Angeles to attend the world premiere of the waltz that he recently composed. 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. Hopkins’ wife was reportedly moved to tears during the initial performance of the tune.

“I’ve been a great admirer of Andr Rieu for several years,” says Anthony Hopkins about his collaboration with Andr Rieu. “My wife and I had the same dream of meeting him one day, so I sent him some music that I wrote. It’s adream came true for me that Andr performed it with his orchestra. I’m totally knocked out by the result. It’s even more than I expected!”

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.

Date City Venue
September 10, 2011 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
September 11, 2011 Edmonton Rexall Place
September 12, 2011 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
September 14, 2011 Winnipeg MTS Centre
September 16, 2011 Minneapolis Xcel Energy Center
September 17, 2011 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena
September 18, 2011 Chicago United Center
September 19, 2011 Detroit Fox Theatre
October 8, 2011 Mexico City Auditorio Nacional
October 9, 2011 Mexico City Auditorio Nacional
October 10, 2011 Mexico City Auditorio Nacional
October 11, 2011 Mexico City Auditorio Nacional
October 1, 1934 Guadalajara Auditorio Telmex
October 14, 2011 Guadalajara Auditorio Telmex
October 16, 2011 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
October 18, 2011 San Antonio AT&T Center
October 19, 2011 Grand Prairie Verizon Theatre
November 19, 2011 Washington Patriot Center
November 20, 2011 Pittsburgh Consol energy center
November 21, 2011 Buffalo HSBC Arena

*The initial announcement incorrectly dated the event Saturday, July 2.

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