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Postby SpinyLobster » Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:43 pm

Hi,
My kids very irritatingly have started watching Andre Rieu DVDs at my mother-in-law's house. I watched it with them the other day and thought the tubist was pretty good. I googled his name, Ton Maessen, but can't find anything else about his playing. Anybody know else he does or what he did before? Thanks.
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Re: in the Johann Strauss Orchestra?

Postby Lars Trawen » Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:17 pm

This is the only I can find about him.
http://www.andrerieu.com/en/andre-jso/t ... on-maessen
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Re: in the Johann Strauss Orchestra?

Postby SpinyLobster » Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:35 pm

Thanks, Lars. All I can find is things to do with Andre Rieu too. Surely, this guy must have done something else!
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Re: in the Johann Strauss Orchestra?

Postby SpinyLobster » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:06 pm

Well, quite by accident, I have discovered that Ton Maessen was a music teacher in Maastricht (I was reading a bio on another website and he was listed as their first teacher). So well done him on getting a regular gig with an orchestra, even though I really wouldn't fancy it myself.
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Re: in the Johann Strauss Orchestra?

Postby tuben » Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:53 pm

His bio on the Rieu website is HILARIOUS:

"For Ton, those first concerts with the Johann Strauss Orchestra took some getting used to! It is very hard work to play a tuba. Such an enormous instrument demands a great deal of energy and breath, so in most orchestras tuba players usually only have to play a few notes during each concert.

After Ton joined our orchestra, however, we immediately arranged all our pieces so that he has to play with all his might throughout the programme! Luckily Ton has become accustomed to it and knows how to evoke powerful, deep tones from his instrument without too much effort, giving the music a marvellous, full sound"
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Postby SpinyLobster » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:15 am

Yep, it's not exactly complimentary, is it? Could be worse, some of the female members of the orchestra have references to their looks and marital status in their bios, which we all know is very important to making music well! :? So, to paraphrase, "our tuba player was a bit.pants, but is passable now" is not the worst. Bit unfair though.
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