The 42-piece DSS Aarlanderveen orchestra played an inspiring tribute to André Kuipers at their annual ‘Wish concert’ on 11 February 2012. Each year the orchestra take ‘wish’ requests from Dutch celebrities, but this year the orchestra wanted to perform something very special for Wensconcert 2012, and uniquely decided to dedicate their ‘wish’ spot to André.
They chose the Jupiter hymn from Holst’s ‘The Planets’ suite, one of
André’s favourite pieces. Afterwards the audience was treated to a message received from the ISS, in which André said: “Oh how nice! I have this music up here with me. I’m very honoured to have such a beautiful piece dedicated to me. Warmest thanks for that.”
The DSS Aarlanderveen orchestra is based in Aarlanderveen, near Alphen aan den Rijn, in the Netherlands. Leading the orchestra on the night was Danny Oosterman, a well-known Dutch conductor, cornet and trumpet player, and instructor at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Utrechts Conservatorium.