Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899) The genius of Johann Strauss genius lay in his ability to take the popular salon music of Vienna in the early decades of the 19th century – with its clear emphasis on melody and dance rhythms – and convert it into music which not only became fashionable but which in time evolved into high art.
André Rieu - Live in Australia - André Rieu - Live in Australia. His concert at Melbourne's Telstra Dome on Saturday, 15 November, a record audience of 38,605, made it the biggest attendance of any Rieu show anywhere in the world. The warmth of the audience was overpowering." A giant, life-size reproduction of Vienna's cream and orange Schonbrunn Castle dominated the eastern end of the Dome. Giant candelabras flickered over the heads of Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra and chorus.