Welcome to the last post in the story so far of Andrea Bocelli.. It is clear from his recent performances that he is in his prime as far as his voice is concerned and I am sure there will be many more albums added to his astonishing number so far. He continues to grow his worldwide audience and today we also find out more about his foundation and charity work.
It is now time to hand over to William Price King to look at not just his stand out performances of the last six years but also what his fans have to say about his music.
In the late summer of 2011 Andrea Bocelli gave a free concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York. The concert was broadcast throughout north America by PBS and in Italy by Rai 1. The concert included guest performers Celine Dion, Tony Bennett and Bryn Terfel and the album of the concert immediately entered the Billboard Top 10 rising to No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
Singing in New York City on Central Park’s Great Lawn is an honor for both pop and classical artists. Andrea Bocelli is enrapturing and provides an exquisite performance. Bocelli, being a pop singer who happens to sing opera, comes from a long line of Italian vocalists who enjoy singing both the classical and popular repertory and especially those glorious Neapolitan songs such as the jovial Funiculi, Funicula.
“Funiculì, Funiculà” is a famous Neapolitan song composed in 1880 by Luigi Denza to lyrics by Peppino Turco. It was written to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius. It was presented by Turco and Denza at the Piedigrotta festival the same year. The sheet music was published by Ricordi and sold over a million copies within a year. It has been widely adapted and recorded since its publication.
Here, his transcendent voice rings out, as he sings the high notes and lower register with ease, backed by the New York Philharmonic and Chorus, under the direction of musical director Alan Gilbert. A real treat!
In October, 2011 Bocelli performed again for Pope Benedic XVI and a crowd of 8,000 people in Vatican’s Audience Hall. He gave an open-air free concert at Praça Rui Barbosa in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in November, to an audience of between 80,000 and 150,000 people.
Also in this busy year, The Andrea Bocelli Foundation was launched. Its two missions are to fund medical research and fight poverty. Andrea is very actively involved in the foundation which is currently bringing aid to Haiti that was devastated by a hurricane on 4th October this year. Whole villages were flooded and no longer exist. Homes and huge swathes of vegetation and farming land has been swept away. The bridge connecting the south of the island to the capital collapsed which resulted in a long delay for supplies to get through. The foundation is working to bring in essentials and repair infrastructure so that people can have shelter, food and water until repairs can be finalised. This includes repairing the schools for the 1350 students.
He not only works to develop his own foundation but also has contributed his time and his talent throughout his career to support to causes around the world.
He has participated in charity benefit concerts in different countries for various charities, such as the Michael Jackson benefit concert in 1998, the Memorial Concert at Ground Zero, in New York City for the victims of the September 11 attacks, and the Music of Asia festival in 2004, for the Indian tsunami appeal.
He performed with Mary J. Blige and David Foster the the 52nd Grammy Awards to raise awareness for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He later gave an open-air concert at Masada, Israel, with the proceeds going to the residents of Galilee and Negev, and another in Sicily to support the Flames of Solidarity charity, raising awareness concerning poverty. In Greece, he held a concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to help cancer research. Bocelli performed at the Children in Need Rocks Manchester concert in November 2011.
The awards continued to pour in and in 2012 he received the “America Award” from the Italy-USA Foundation. He also won “International Artist of the Year in association with Raymond Weil” of the Classic Brit Awards that year. As a final honour he performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Albert Hall, during the 100th anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance.
In January of 2013, Andrea Bocelli released his fourteenth studio Album, Passione. The album features Mediterranean love songs including duets with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado.
Passione is the fourteenth studio album by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, released on 29 January 2013. The album is a collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado
“La Vie en rose” was the signature song of popular French singer Édith Piaf, written in 1945, popularized in 1946, and released as a single in 1947. The song became very popular in the USA in 1950 with no less than seven different versions reaching the Billboard charts.
This is a very interesting cabaret style virtual duet with the late Edith Piaf performed under the stars, accompanied by a very fine jazz orchestra singing her signature song “La Vie en Rose.” Bocelli’s French is flawless in this piece showcasing his versatile vocal abilities with a certain inflection in his singing that truly evokes the emotion of this beautiful and romantic love song.
Andrea Bocelli continues to perform around the world and to release recordings of those performances and studio albums. You can find details of all his music at this link:
BUY Andrea Bocelli’s Music: https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Bocelli/e/B000APRADU
“My life experience has taught me nothing happens by chance. Even the idea of the ball in a roulette game: it’s not chance it ends up in a certain place. It’s forces that are at play.” Andrea Bocelli
Official Website: http://lnx.andreabocelli.org
Additional material https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Bocelli
To end the series we have had a special request to play The Prayer featuring Celine Dion… thanks Debby Gies for the suggestion.
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.
William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.
Connect to William
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
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