Johann Strauss Orchestra ~ Renate Dirix
Johann Strauss Orchestra: Saxophone, Bassoon, and Vocals
Saxophone at the Conservatory of Music in Maastricht for
3 years, Renate switched studies after learning Andre
Rieu was in need of a Bassoon Player. We are all the
luckier for it!
Playing the Saxophone, Bassoon, Singing and Laughing are
all trademarks of Renate Dirix.
quickly became one of the many popular members of the
Johann Strauss Orchestra. We sang along as she played
saxophone and bassoon with the orchestra and we laughed
at her antics onstage.
of the best performances and a must-see is 'Tirolrock'
on the DVD, Andre Rieu ~ Gala Concert. It is great fun
as Manoe sings 'Rock Around The Clock' while Andre & the
JSO start to play another tune. We can see the dislike
coming over Renate as she scolds the brass section for
backing up Manoe. Next as Andre Plays, Renate breaks
into 'Heidi' encouraging the cheering crowd into singing
with her. All is well when Andre, Manoe and Renate join
in the chorus, now being sung by all as the crowd dances
and the JSO brings down the house.
Renate is also
featured as one of the Andre Sisters on Live at the
Royal Albert Hall as well as showing a more serious side
on, 'Aimer' on the DVD, Dreaming, featuring Andre,
Renate and Tanja Derwahl
Renate toured for 12 years with Andre Rieu & the Johann
Today we find
Renate with her newest venture:
Riencarnatus is the creation of
Joyce Hamers and
Renate Dirix. (Joyce Hamers, audiovisual specialist
formerly of Andre Rieu Studios) This is an interesting
and entertaining group of women. They bring to life the
music and instruments of the medieval times.
Entertaining, Educating and always Fun!
AndreRieuFans.com has been fortunate enough to interview
Renate for our website!
tell us a little about Riencarnatus, The Medieval Music
life I have been very interested in medieval history and
it’s music. Although for most people the medieval music
is unknown. Spending many years of my life with Andre I
saw what he did to the classical music. With
we will do much the same with medieval music as Andre
did with classical music. Of course not in the same way,
that would be impossible because the music is a lot
about the music?
the medieval musical arrangements as we know them are
very dull and not exciting at all.
We (Riencarnatus) believe that the medieval music is not boring at
all! That is why we do this in a new way, bringing music
which is so old, back to a fresh life!
We do not
just play the music in a traditional way … we are
developing a complete new view on medieval music ... I
may not say too much of it so I will only tease you a
bit for right now, but believe me; no one has ever
before done this to medieval music!
seen the costumes in photos and on your website of the
Female Troubadours. They are so beautiful. Does each
Riencarnatus member have their own 'identity' and
really … the costumes we have are specially made for
Riencarnatus because (just like Andre) people want to see
something special on stage and that is true, black
suites and dresses are not exciting to look at a whole
evening. So we decided to make nice medieval costumes
because the dresses of that time were very beautiful!
the concert like for the audience? What can we expect
and maybe not expect, but find?
concert is a mix of acts and playing the music. We have
a life- size castle décor and in our first show we will
give the audience a general view on medieval times. In
later shows we will do special subjects like: witches
and witchcraft or medieval heroes and so on.
There is a difference between playing a theatre show
or playing at festivals. On festivals we only play
traditional and we will not have our décor because
mostly the performances are not a whole evening. In a
theatre-show we play traditional and after the break we
will demonstrate as modern female troubadours what else
you can do with medieval music and we will mix it with
certain the following of fans you developed while with
Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra cannot wait
to join your new fan base and see you with Riencarnatus
you so kindly for taking the time in your busy schedule
for this interview for AndreRieuFans.com!
you and groetjes
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