SOURCE: Savoy Label Group, LLC

April 23, 2007 06:00 ET

Andre Rieu Extends With Denon Classics

New Deal w/ Top PBS Artist Spans 4 Years and 4 New Projects Including First US Production "Live At Radio City" Airing September '07; Spring & Fall US Tour Dates Announced

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 23, 2007 -- Andre Rieu, one of the top touring and record selling classical artists worldwide, has extended his relationship with Denon Classics (his recording home for the last five years and a unit of the Savoy Label Group). The new deal will span the next four years with at least four new CD and DVD releases coming from the multi-platinum selling artist. In addition, Denon Classics will release a new greatest hits collection featuring favorites and all new recordings by the artist. Coming off of two recent Billboard chart topping releases in 2006, "The Homecoming" and "Christmas Around The World," Rieu remains the #2 best-selling classical artist in the entire US. Upcoming for 2007, Denon Classics will release the companion CD and DVD to Rieu's first ever PBS special filmed in the U.S., "Live At Radio City." Both the CD and DVD will be available on September 25, 2007. In addition, Andre Rieu's Spring tour is officially underway (having kicked off in Boston on April 12, concluding May 23rd in Milwaukee) and Fall dates have been announced.

Andre Rieu has always been an artist who has generated unparalleled excitement within (and beyond) the realm of classical music. His spectacular specials filmed in exotic locales around the world have consistently been the #1 performing pledge drive programs for PBS. His last twelve CDs have all topped Billboard's Top Classical Chart and he's won multi-platinum video sales awards for his DVD sets. His worldwide tours have grown bigger each year regularly selling out arenas in the US and abroad and have landed him in the Top 5 of Pollstar Magazine's top touring acts year after year.

2007 promises to continue and further Rieu's profile worldwide and in particular in the United States as PBS will air his first ever US production "Live At Radio City" in August and Denon Classics will release the CD and DVD in late September. Filmed in December of 2006 at the venerable New York City landmark, the stage spectacular includes Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, soloists and the electrifying Harlem Gospel Choir. In addition, Rieu has completed filming of his second Vienna special at the famed Schoenbrun Palace for airing on PBS in April of 2008.

On April 12, Rieu began his annual Spring tour in Boston, a tour which will undoubtedly be another sold out run as his legions of fans of all ages turn out in record numbers each year. The Spring tour hits mostly arenas on the East Coast and wraps up on May 23rd in Milwaukee (dates/venues listed below) and Rieu will return for his traditional West Coast run beginning in October (cities and dates listed below).

In an age of dwindling exposure for classical music on television and sliding album sales, Andre Rieu's evolution in North America in the last few years has been nothing short of remarkable. His musical spectaculars, whether filmed in the sublime landscapes of Tuscany or the lush Dublin countryside, have touched a legion of fans worldwide. "The Homecoming" continued his success in 2006 capturing the excitement of performing before a hometown audience in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Already an arena-ready artist in the US, "Live At Radio City" will take Rieu to a whole new level of recognition Stateside.

The leading independent classical music label in North America, Denon Classics is a division of the Savoy Label Group which is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia), the oldest music company in Japan. Newly reorganized and now headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, Columbia Music Entertainment has reemerged as a significant force with a stable of newly signed platinum-selling artists.


April 12        Boston, MA              Agganis Arena

April 13        New York, NY            Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

April 14        Philadelphia, PA        Liacouras Center

April 15        Atlantic City, NJ       Boardwalk Hall

April 16        Baltimore, MD           1st Mariner Arena

April 17        Norfolk, VA             Constant Convocation Center

April 19        Columbia, SC            Colonial Center

April 20        Jacksonville, FL        Jackson Veterans Memorial

April 21        Ft. Lauderdale, FL      Bank Atlantic Center

April 23        Orlando, FL             Amway Arena

April 24        Tampa, FL               St. Petersburg Times Forum

May 13          Albany, NY              Times Union Center

May 14          Manchester, NH          Verizon Arena

May 15          Hartford, CT            Chevrolet Theatre

May 16          Reading, PA             Sovereign Center

May 18          Pittsburgh, PA          Mellon Arena

May 19          Cleveland, OH           Quicken Loans Arena

May 20          Detroit, MI             The Palace-Auburn Hills

May 21          Grand Rapids, MI        Van Andel Arena

May 22          Chicago, IL             Allstate Arena

May 23          Milwaukee, WI           US Cellular Arena


October 9       Portland, OR            Venue TBD

October 10      Seattle, WA             Key Arena @ Seattle Center

October 11      Vancouver, Canada       General Motors Palace

October 13      Edmonton, Canada        Rexall Palace

October 14      Saskatoon, Canada       Venue TBD

October 15      Winnipeg, Canada        MTS Centre

October 17      St. Paul, MN            Venue TBD

October 18      Omaha, NE               Venue TBD

October 19      Des Moines, IA          Venue TBD

October 21      Denver, CO              Venue TBD

October 22      Salt Lake City, UT      Venue TBD

December 1      San Francisco, CA       Venue TBD

December 2      Sacramento, CA          Venue TBD

December 3      Bakersfield, CA         Venue TBD

December 4      Los Angeles, CA         Venue TBD

December 5      San Diego, CA           Venue TBD

December 7      Las Vegas, NV           Venue TBD

December 8      Phoenix, AZ             Venue TBD

December 9      Tucson, AZ              Venue TBD

December 10     El Paso, TX             Venue TBD

December 11     Albuquerque, NM         Venue TBD

December 15     Toronto, Canada         Rogers Centre

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