New Soprano Announced! 

April 5, 2007

As you may already have heard at the end of February, I was flown to The
Netherlands to meet with world famous violinist André Rieu. (
I have been privileged to have been working with him and his Johann Strauss
Orchestra since then and am about to embark on a tour around America. We tour
for two weeks in April and May and later in the year in October and December.
It's such an exciting experience for me and I feel very privileged to be
working with such top artists!

I would like to thank you all personally for all the support and encouragement I
have received in the last few weeks and would like to say a big hello to my new
friends around the world who have signed up to this newsletter! Also big thank
yous to all of  the people who sent me such lovely birthday messages! It was so
nice to hear from you all!

Look forward to seeing you at the concerts!


Points of Interest:
         -       Mirusia's debut album 'She Walks in Beauty'  is still available
on her website
www.mirusia.net and now also available at www.marjoleinart.com -
Order your copy now!
-     Mirusia on myspace - visit
-     Keep your eye out for 'Songs of Inspiration' the new CD from the
Queensland Pops
      Orchestra featuring Mirusia, which will be released in June. For more
information go to



March 29, 2007


March 14, 2007

Hello Dear Fans & Friends:
!!Thank You to Mike from Australia!!

I have special news for you.  Allow me to introduce you to the new Soprano set to tour with Andre Rieu & his JSO!

This is a unique way to combine the land of OZ which is currently getting swept up on Andre Fever with one of their own.  With Dutch roots, meet Brisbane's own Mirusia Louwerse.    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Mirusia Louwerse
2006 winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Award,


Mirusia Louwerse, 2006 winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Award, has been contracted to tour with Andre Rieu  through America in April, May, October and December, and to record a CD and DVD with him in June and July.  She also starts Scotland the Brave on the 17th March at the Sydney Opera House, flying out to Holland on 26th to begin touring in April. 

Let's all Welcome
Mirusia and enjoy her beautiful singing.  Andre only brings us the best!

Mirusia has toured in Australia & Europe and has a new CD available. 'She Walks In Beauty' is a must have for any collection.  Mirusia also appears with the Queensland Pops Orchestra on their soon to be released CD, Songs Of Inspiration.

A Young Brisbane opera singer Mirusia, has been invited by André Rieu, one of the worlds most popular violinists (We think THE Best & Most Popular!) to perform with him on his forthcoming tours of North America and Canada. Rieu, based in the Netherlands, travels the world with his highly acclaimed Johann Strauss Orchestra and a small number of vocalists. Mirusia at just 21 was last year named the winner of the prestigious national 'Dame Joan Sutherland Award' for operatic singing in Noosa. She graduated from the Griffith University's Queensland Conservatorium of Music with high distinction plus an Academic Achievement Award at the end of 2006. In July of 2006, Mirusia received a small Regional Arts Development Fund grant from the Redland's branch committee and with extra financial support from The Redland Sporting Club and Sea Stradbroke, used the funds to produce a demo album of 11 tracks. The album features musical arrangements by Maestro Tommy Tycho and performances by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.

Mirusia, whose parents are formerly from Holland, sent the album to family members still residing there. They in turn took it to classical music radio stations in Holland and Belgium resulting in a number of stations playing tracks from the album.

One family member sent an email to Mr. Rieu asking him to have a look at Mirusia's website and listen to some of the tracks posted there which he did that day. He was instantly drawn to her remarkably rich soprano voice, and followed it up by calling Mirusia back at her home in Birkdale. He asked if she would be prepared to travel to Brussels to audition for him, and she agreed to travel the very next day. Two days later, in his recording studio in Maastricht, Mirusia performed two songs, which clinched the deal for her on the spot. In fact, Andre told Mirusia he believed that she has "one of the finest voices I've ever heard".

Rieu offered Mirusia a contract to perform with him and his orchestra on his tour of North America and Canada commencing in April. Mirusia is currently recording an album with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and will embark later this month on a series of performances as the lead female in the 'Scotland The Brave' concerts. The show will take Mirusia to Sydney, Auckland, Brisbane, and also to Toronto in Canada. The young singer is in fact booked to perform more than 50 major concert performances in venues across Europe, America, Canada and Australia within the next 4 months.


Mirusia at MySpace

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March 5, 2007
sent to us by Shirley Kirk:


We know you all love him! He brings joy, fun and well-loved classical musical into your homes. The uplifting music, the splendour of his JSO orchestra, the sometimes silly crowd-pleasing antics and the sheer spectacle of an Andre concert combine to make him one of Europe's, and increasingly, the world's most popular showman. Dubbed the "waltz king of Europe", Andre Rieu has been delighting audiences around the world with sell-out concerts since he first began touring in 1996. His fans are many and varied and his appeal is widespread. His live concerts attract fans of all ages. Appearing with his elegantly-dressed Johann Strauss Orchestra, he is the consummate showman, with a warm demeanour which audiences love.

Ovation is proud to have brought this magic into your homes and we intend to bring you more Andre! In March, don't miss Andre Rieu: Live in Dublin on Thursday 15 at 8.30pm. Filmed in Dublin's famous downtown train terminal which has been converted into one of the most delightful concert halls in Europe, this concert features Andre and the orchestra performing a collection of old favourites and exciting new selections.

In April Ovation is featuring a special Andre month, with a spectacular concert every Wednesday night.

Wednesday 4 April at 9.30pm - Andre Rieu The Flying Dutchman - Join the fun and spectacle of this home-coming celebration, as Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra and Choir wow the audience at the Parkstad Stadium in Kerkrade, Netherlands. They play world famous waltzes, marches and melodies from around the world, including Oh Fortuna (Carmina Burana), The Wild Rover, The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus and Triumphmarch from Aida.

Wednesday 11 April at 10.30pm - Andre Rieu Live in Dublin - Filmed in Dublin's famous downtown train terminal which has been converted into one of the most delightful concert halls in Europe, this concert features Andre and the orchestra performing a collection of old favourites and exciting new selections.

Wednesday 18 at 10.30pm Andre Rieu: At Schonbrunn, Vienna - This concert features André at his best, with lots of pomp and ceremony at the spectacular Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna. Featuring the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Platin Tenors, songs include My Heart Will Go On (Titanic), Radetzky March, The Blue Danube and Trumpet Voluntary. Andre Rieu, born into a large musical family in 1949, grew up surrounded exclusively by classical music, especially symphonies, chamber music and opera. Encouraged by his father, a professional conductor, Andre started taking violin lessons at the age of five, the beginning of a love affair that would never end.

Wednesday 25 at 10.30pm Andre Rieu Romantic Paradise - Indulge in the spectacle and romance of Dutch violinist Andre Rieu in performance with his JSO Orchestra. The diverse array of tunes includes Strangers In Paradise, The Rose, Blue Spanish Eyes, Please Don't Go, Lagune Waltz and Adagio.

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