Traditionally the concert season for a new year starts in the German town of Cologne. We also spent a few days in Cologne, watching the fireworks on New Year's eve from the banks of the river Rhine and attending the traditional New Year's concert the day after. Once in a while, André invites members of his orchestra to do a solo performance. In this concert, Tanja Derwahl and Monoe Konings each performed in a solo appearance. André mentioned that a few years ago Manoe was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2001 she, André and the JSO appeared in the José Carera Gala for cancer relief, where she played
without the wig. In our Golden Oldies section we have the clip of this appearance. Click here to see this performance. Don't forget to scroll down the page for more photos.