As some of you know, the school where I work — Indiana University's famed Jacobs School of Music — has made some pretty big hires in the last few years: Andre Watts, Leonard Slatkin, Joshua Bell, and of course my own illustrious self. But today they announced that they might have landed the biggest fish yet . . . André Rieu! Go read the press release!
Though Mr. Rieu hardly needs introduction, there may be one or two persons among our readership who, perhaps for reasons of snobbery and prejudice, have remained ignorant of his art. They are making a grave mistake.
"In these uncertain economic times, institutions such as the Jacobs School of Music must be ever mindful of the life paths which await our students," Richards said. "Cruise ships, dance bands, and 'pops' concerts have always been the bread and butter of our orchestral graduates. The appointment of Maestro Rieu brings to IU an invaluable new resource in preparing today's students for these challenging times. Like the marzipan and chocolate in one of Vienna's famous Mozartkugeln, Maestro Rieu and the Jacobs School promise to be a marriage made in heaven."
[UPDATE: April fools! Though I doubt I was fooling anyone here.]