While we wait for Andre to recover and return to our shores. I would like to introduce you to an ex-member of the
JSO, Guido Diederen and his Orchestra.
Guido was first violinist from 1995 until 1998 and at the time that youngest member of the JSO.
Guido wrote me that he had a fantastic time when he played in the JSO and still has contact with many of his JSO
colleagues. He tells me he thinks back to that time with much pleasure.
Guido also told me that one of the most important lessons he learned from Andre is, that it is a feast to be on
stage and to be able to play for thousands of people, and he writes: "I admire Andre's perserverance
tremendously, he makes millions of people happy with his music".
However, Guido's goal was to lead his own orchestra and play his own music. So inspired by his mentors, his
grandfather, his father and Andre, in 1998 he founded Guido's Orchestra together with keyboard player and
childhood friend, Falco Borsboom, with whom he composes and arranges all the orchestra's material. Guido
personally chose each member of Guido's Orchestra with musicians originating from nine different countries.
Guido's Orchestra combines famous classical works (Beethoven's "Ode To Joy"; Puccini's "E Lucevan E Stelle"),
pop songs, and movie themes, as well as original compositions. He blends romantic strings with rock guitar
sounds, engages in musical battles with percussion groups, and draws sweet melodies from the his own violin.
Guido's Orchestra is known for spectacular stage shows, anchored by the personalities of both Guido and his
wife, principle soprano soloist, Wendy Kokkelkoren.
Guido and his orchestra will be touring the United States this fall.
In November Guido's Orchestra will showcase their signature mix of classical and rock crossover, Guido's own
compositions and some of the best-loved music in the world.
You will be able to see and hear Guido in the following cities
Fri 05 nov 8 PM ATLANTA
Cobb Energy Centre
770-916-2800 click here
Sun 07 nov 8 PM HOUSTON
Cullen Performance Hall
Wed 10 nov 8 PM NEW YORK
212-997-1003 click here
Fri 12 nov 8 PM TORONTO
Roy Thomson Hall
416-872-4255 click here
Sat 13 nov 8 PM WATERBURY
203-346-2000 click here
Tu 16 nov 7.30 PM CHICAGO
312-334-3153 click here
We 17 nov 8 PM DETROIT
313-887-8501 click here
You can find more information about Guido and his orchestra on his website http://www.guidos.nl
The website is available in English.
There is a terrific trailer of one of his concerts on Youtube. Guido on Youtube
Also check some of the other videos, like elevation, Dear Wendy, (an ode he composed for his wife), and Country
piece it will remind you of Andre.
Guido follows in Andre's footsteps in so much that he is following his own musical way. He plays well known
music, but also writes his own compositions, and Guido says that the orchestra he put together is a classical
orchestra but at the same time can be pop band. Guido wrote that his orchestra gives him the possibility to play
all different colors of music and by doing so he can move his audience to tears with an aria, but also make the hall
sing and dance with his film and country music.
Guido writes he is blessed with wonderful mentors and the last few years also has been able to work with many of
the greats in the music world. Like Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and Andrea Bocelli.
He closes his letter to me with: "Music is for all people, all races and all countries, a universal language which
communicates from heart to heart", and he hopes to meet all of us at one of his shows.
Guido Diederen and his wife, soprano Wendy Kokkelkoren