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Violinist Andre Rieu performs tonight

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Violinist Andre Rieu performs tonight in the First Niagara Center.                   Getty Images

Violinist Andre Rieu is in a class by himself. He has invented his own niche. He has proved that there is still an audience -- and a huge audience, at that -- for the sweeping, romantic music of Viennese waltz king Johann Strauss Jr. And for the rest of the Strauss family. And for their contemporaries in the 19th century. Good music will always be in style.

Rieu’s concerts, well known to PBS viewers, have made him one of the world’s best-selling performing acts. He and his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and soloists can amount to a cast of thousands, outnumbered only by the enthusiastic audience.

What will Rieu play? “WE BRING A NEW PROGRAM EVERY YEAR,” he emailed The News, all in capital letters. “PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TO MY CONCERTS BEFORE KNOW IT IS FULL OF VARIETY AND SURPRISES.”

Rieu brings his Stradivarius and his glittering entourage to First Niagara Center at 7:30 p. m. today (Nov. 21). Admission is $47.50-$141.50. Call (888) 223-6000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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