Interview – André Rieu talks about White Christmas coming to cinemas

Get ready for a Christmas celebration like no other as André Rieu, the world-renowned maestro of classical music, brings his inimitable holiday spirit to the silver screen with his forthcoming André Rieu’s White Christmas cinema event.

For one weekend only, on December 2nd and 3rd, cinema audiences across the country can come together to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. Presented by Piece of Magic Entertainment , André Rieu’s White Christmas promises to transport you to a world of festive wonder as the maestro alongside his Johann Strauss Orchestra present a spectacular full length Christmas concert that will leave you spellbound.

The event takes place within a magnificently decorated Christmas palace, where the magic of the season comes to life with snow, two ice rinks, picturesque winter scenes, romantic lighting, a red carpet, countless lights, 150 exquisite chandeliers, and over 50 Venetian candelabras.


Audiences can expect to be serenaded by timeless Christmas carols, waltzes that make the heart soar, and beautiful songs from all over the world. The programme includes cherished classics such as “Jingle Bells,” “Ave Maria,” “Oh Holy Night,” “Hallelujah,” “Sleigh Ride,” and many more, all performed with the signature artistry and passion that only André Rieu and his orchestra can deliver.André Rieu’s cinema events have become a beloved tradition, drawing music lovers and families together year after year. With their stunning visuals, impeccable musicality, and heart-warming festive atmosphere, these events have consistently been incredibly popular, capturing the spirit of the season and creating unforgettable memories for all who attend.


Check out the interview with André below…

White Christmas event screening comes to  cinemas December 2 and 3. What can audiences expect ?
A unique concert that’s filled with delicious festive Christmas melodies… and so much more! Let me invite you to a real winter wonderland where one can enjoy all the good things of December!  A few years ago I started this new tradition of Maastricht Christmas concerts, I really hope there will be many more to come. This year’s cinema screening includes favourites like Jungle Bells, Ave Maria, The Little Drummer Boy, Adeste Fidelis, Sleighride, as well as gospel songs and romantic waltzes.


What is your favourite carol and why ?
There are a lot of beautiful carols, but “Silent Night” stands above all the others: the melody is so romantic and at the same time melancholic, souring, wonderful… It captures all emotions a carol has to contain.


What makes Christmas so  special  for you ?
It’s the time that we all spend with our own loved ones. I’m with my own small family: my wife, our sons with their wives and our gorgeous grand children. We give presents to each other, have a lovely dinner and enjoy a Christmas movie. The whole year, I’m with my big family (my orchestra), so Christmas, everyone is with their own small family.

What present would you love to receive this year ?
The certainty that I’m able to perform for many people in the whole world – that’s what makes me a happy and proud man! I don’t give much about presents, it’s most and for all a feast for the children, don’t you agree?

Who  does the cooking at Christmas Time?
Sometimes it’s me and sometimes my sons and their families. My boys used to do it when they were toddlers. Their first dish was hot water with a couple of tomatoes in it, isn’t that cute? Their skills have improved in the meantime…!


You have a new album out now  Jewels of Romance what can we expect from it ?
An album filled with melodies that have touched my heart such as The Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”, Cat Stevens’ “Morning Has Broken”, Bryan Adams’’ “Everything I Do” and Billy Joel’s “Lullabye”. Or  “The Rose” by Bette Midler, “Nocturne” by Secret Garden , “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from the opera Orfeo ed Euridice and the “Aquarium” from Camille Saint-Saëns The Carnival of The Animals. It’s also includes a DVD with romantic highlights from  concers all over the world including young Emma Kok’s version of Voilà in Maastricht 2023, which went viral on the internet. I will bring her to Ireland next year in May!


Join André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra for an unforgettable holiday experience that will leave you with hearts aglow and spirits lifted. Make this Christmas season one to remember with “White Christmas.”