Hamburg / Bremen (dpa) - The Dutch violinist André Rieu has to cancel his concerts in Hamburg and Bremen due to an inflammation of the vocal cords. "André Rieu has inflammation of the vocal cords combined with complete loss of voice," said the organizer on Friday in Hamburg after the rehearsal for the evening performance.

The violinist's concert was postponed to April 9. Around 8,600 visitors were expected for the evening. Nor can the concert of the Waltz King in Bremen scheduled for Saturday take place. It is postponed to April 8th. Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra very much regretted the postponement, the statement said. The tickets remained valid.