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Tomorrow, Andrea Bocelli releases the 10th anniversary edition of Concerto: One Night in Central Park. The Italian tenor performed the iconic concert accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Westminster Symphonic Choir. And now, to celebrate the album’s remastered release, the 62-year-old has announced a special YouTube event.
This Sunday, Andrea Bocelli fans can watch the full 2011 concert on his official YouTube channel from 7pm BST.
Looking back at the New York City Central Park performance, the opera singer said: “That was a memorable milestone in my career.
“One of its highest and most emotionally overwhelming moments. A mega-show that took 16 months of work, as well as a brave and ambitious artistic undertaking.
“A concert that went on to become my first fully live album, for which every note was recorded live, without a safety net.”
Bocelli shared how he was anxious about possible rain threatening the cancellation of the Central Park concert, as 70,000 people headed out to be part of the audience.
The 62-year-old said: “Shortly before going on stage, I wanted to go to my dressing room to say a few prayers, together with Filippo Sugar and the rest of those present.
“I also mulled over the great honour I had, to be singing together with many of my wonderful peers.
“Right where my great friend and Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti, had performed 18 years earlier.”
Bocelli added: “I also remember lovingly dedicating that extraordinary evening to the memory of my father, who – although he had never crossed the ocean – would continually encourage me when I was still a young artist unknown to most people.
“Saying with prophetic lucidity: ‘You must go and sing in the United States, you must go to New York. They will appreciate you there, they will perceive the quality of your voice!’.
“It was his dream, dictated by his fatherly love for me. With the One Night in Central Park project, that dream has come true.”
The remastered edition of Concerto: One Night In Central Park features new renditions by Bocelli, including one of O Sole Mio.
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That night in New York 10 years ago, Bocelli was joined on stage by the likes of Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Celine Dion and David Foster.
Special guests in attendance that evening included Sting, future President Donald Trump and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Concerto: One Night In Central Park 10th anniversary album is released on September 10, 2021.
While the YouTube screening of the original concert will be broadcast from Andrea Bocelli’s official YouTube channel from 7pm BST on September 12, 2021.
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