March 03, 2008 06:00 ET

Andre Rieu Takes a Musical Trip to "Wonderland"

PBS' #1 Pledge Drive Artist in All New Production for March Airing; U.S. Tour Kicks Off in April; "Andre Rieu In Wonderland" CD/DVD in Stores April 1 on Denon Classics

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Denon Classics, recording label of the incomparable Dutch maestro Andre Rieu, is readying the release of "ANDRE RIEU IN WONDERLAND," an all new blockbuster production from the stalwart crowd pleaser and "Waltz King." There has always been an element of fantasy in Andre's productions and with the new special, he'll take audiences young and old on a bona fide magical trip with whimsical music and transporting visuals. Recorded at Efteling, a beautiful fairy-tale theme park located in central Holland, Rieu, his orchestra, dancers and special guest soloists will perform selections taken from or inspired by classic fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Magic Flute, The Old Castle and others. Accompanying Rieu on this unforgettable show are the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera, The International Dance Theatre and The Berlin Folk-Music Sparrows. "ANDRE RIEU IN WONDERLAND" will be in stores on both DVD and CD on Denon Classics April 1st.

Andre Rieu has earned the distinction of the #1 pledge drive artist for PBS. With the release last year of one of his most successful projects to date, "RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL LIVE IN NEW YORK," the Dutch maestro known fondly as "The Waltz King" took U.S. audiences by storm with frequent and high-profile airings of the DVD on PBS' pledge drives in the Fall and throughout December. Already established as one of the top performing and selling classical artists worldwide and a platinum selling artist in the U.S., Rieu's popularity shows no signs of waning as "RADIO CITY" debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart shortly after its release on September 11. Rieu's worldwide appeal is as strong as ever having recently earned a Gold sales award in Canada, and he continues to sell out arenas around the globe as well as in the U.S. Rieu's U.S.-based label Denon Classics was the #1 Independent Classical Label for 2007 and #3 Classical Label overall for 2007.

Andre Rieu will return to the United States in April for his annual spring tour. Cities and dates are as follows:

4/15 Chicago, IL                Rosemont/Allstate Arena
4/16 Milwaukee, WI              US Cellular Arena
4/17 Peoria, IL                 Peoria Civic Center
4/18 Kansas City, MO            Sprint Arena
4/19 Oklahoma City, OK          Ford Center
4/20 Dallas, TX                 Grand Prairie Nokia Theater
4/22 Houston, TX                The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
4/23 Lafayette, LA              Cajun Dome
4/24 Pensacola, FL              Pensacola Civic Center
4/25 Jacksonville, FL           Jacksonville Veterans' Memorial Arena
4/26 Tampa, FL                  St. Pete Times Forum
4/27 Miami, FL                  Bank Atlantic Center
5/16 Montreal, CANADA           Bell Centre
5/17 Ottowa, CANADA             Scotiabank Place
5/18 Albany, NY                 Times Union Centre
5/19 Rochester, NY              Blue Cross Arena
5/20 Manchester, NH             Verizon Wireless Arena
5/21 Boston, MA                 TD Northbank Arena
5/23 Bridgeport, CT             Arena at Harbor Yard
5/24 New York, NY               Nassau Veteran's Coliseum
5/25 Atlantic City, NJ          Boardwalk Hall
5/26 Reading, PA                Sovereign Center
5/27 Baltimore, MD              1st Mariner Arena

The Savoy Label Group (SLG) features not only the historic Savoy Jazz label but also the Denon, Denon Classics, SLG and 429 Records labels. Savoy Label Group is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia), the oldest music company in Japan. SLG is lead by Steve Vining and CME is headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, founder of Zelnick Media which owns interests in and manages an array of media companies.

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