Crossover classical OG André Rieu is playing Tampa’s Amalie Arena next spring

Tickets to see the “King of the Waltz” go on sale Saturday.

click to enlarge Crossover classical OG André Rieu is playing Tampa’s Amalie Arena next spring

Classical music isn’t easy for everyone to understand, but André Rieu has spent the last 30 years trying to bring it to the masses. The 70-year-old Dutch violinist and conductor — affectionately known as the “Maestro of the Masses,” “King of the Waltz” and a “Weapon of Mass Happiness” — is one of classical’s original crossover artists, and he’s bringing his Johann Strauss Orchestra back to America in 2020.

Today, Amalie Arena announced that Rieu and the JSO will stop in on March 11, and he’s not interested in slowing down or talking about the R-word.

“I don’t understand the word ‘retirement’,” Rieu recently said. “How can you retire from music?... I’ll still be jumping about on stage when I’m 120!”

Tickets to see André Rieu at Tampa’s Amalie Arena go on sale this Saturday, October 5 on 10 a.m. and will cost $69-$139. More information is available via


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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