Carole Shafto 18th May 2016
A TRIP TO THE CONTINENT
Carole had promised us a trip to the continent, and we enjoyed a rather different evening. We saw two films, both about Andre Rieu (how do you pronounce his name?). The first one, shown complete, was called “A Dream Come True” and was a biographical portrait. For those of us who might have dismissed Rieu as a lightweight this film made interesting viewing, showing that he was a proper musician, thoroughly trained and with boundless energy and an infectious enthusiasm. There were clips of him performing in various continental venues, which also gave some idea of the enormous amount of preparation involved and the vast audiences he attracts. It also depicted the happy atmosphere in the orchestra and some lovely scenes of Maastricht, his home, in particular. Made in 2000, there were also delightful photos from his childhood, shot by his father.
Sincere thanks to Ken and Elizabeth Slater who lent us this film.
The other film, of which we saw the last half hour or so, was of a live concert in Vrijthof Square in Maastricht in 2009, with again a vast audience.