[Video] Andrea Bocelli with David Foster – “Love in Portofino” – PBS Great Performances



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Andrea Bocelli, the international superstar tenor returns to Great Performances once again to delight fans with Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino, a new concert special in which he puts classical music aside for an evening of international favorites inspired by the breathtaking coastal setting of Portofino, Italy.

The Italian fishing village and upmarket resort is noted for its picturesque harbor and frequent celebrity visitors, as demonstrated by a kaleidoscopic photo montage featuring screen legends Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, and current personalities ranging from Denzel Washington to Ellen DeGeneres.


With 16-time Grammy-winner David Foster as both music director and keyboard accompanist, Bocelli is also joined by trumpeter Chris Botti. Under the stars, beside the shimmering harbor waters, and with a rapt audience including Paul Anka, Sir Michael Caine, and Italian actress Ornella Muti, Bocelli performs some of the world’s most famous love songs, including “Senza Fine,” “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás,” “Bésame Mucho,” “Champagne,” “Love Me Tender,” and in duet with the late, legendary Edith Piaf, “La Vie en Rose,” while his real-life love Veronica Berti looks on adoringly.

Bocelli sings in six languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Neapolitan). The sensual sound is rounded out by Cuban, Brazilian, and Portuguese rhythms.

Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino airs on Great Performances in March on PBS. (Check local listings.) (In New York, THIRTEEN will premiere the special Sunday, March 3 at 9 p.m.)

Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino is, in essence, a sequel to his earlier Great Performancesspecial, Amore. As with that concert, which featured timeless masterworks, the latest includes several beloved classics such as “Love Me Tender,” “Il Nostro Incontro” (the theme from Cinema Paradiso), “Sara Settembre,” (better known to English-speaking audiences as Neil Diamond’s “September Morn,” and translated into Italian by Bocelli himself), and “La mia via” (“My Way”), with the composer sitting harborside.

Since Great Performances introduced American television audiences to Bocelli with 1997′sRomanza concert, Bocelli has been featured in a notable series of Great Performancesspecials, including Sacred Arias, Amore, Vivere, My Christmas and American Dream, his spectacular “Statue of Liberty” concert from New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park aired in December 2011. He wasaccompanied by the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of music director Alan Gilbert, the spectacular event being Bocelli’s special gift to New York City.

Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

The musical program at press time is set to include:

Il Nostro Incontro (theme from “Cinema Paradiso”) (with Chris Botti)

Senza Fine

Anema e Core (with Caroline Campbell)

Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (with Caroline Campbell)

A Mano A Mano



Corcovado (with Brazilian singer Sandy)


La Vie En Rose (with excerpts performed by Edith Piaf)

Qualche stupido “ti amo” (Somethin’ Stupid) (with Veronica Berti)

Bésame Mucho

Love Me Tender

Sarà Settembre (September Morn)

When I Fall in Love (with Helene Fischer & Chris Botti)

Roma Nun Fà La Stupida Stasera (“Rome, Don’t Act Silly Tonight”)

Era Già Tutto Provisto

Love in Portofino (with Caroline Campbell)

My Way

The Ensemble Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Giacomo Loprieno.

Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino is directed by David Horn.

For Great Performances, Mitch Owgang and Andrea Cotromano are producers; Bill Kabel is associate producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn and Filippo Sugar are executive producers.

Major funding for Great Performances is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation, The Starr Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and PBS.

Christmas Comes Early to THIRTEEN`S Great Performances With the Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas Concert


David Foster and Andrea Bocelli


A-list Lineup of Musical Guests Makes This a “Starry” Night
NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–
Everyone`s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins Great Performances superstar
Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics airing on
Thanksgiving night. Showcasing Bocelli`s unmistakable soaring vocals are lush
new arrangements infused with the distinctive Foster touch. The inspiring
concert performance, recorded at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, also features
special musical guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Reba McEntire, Welsh
mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, The Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Among the featured songs highlighted will be “White Christmas,” “Oh Holy Night,”
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “The Christmas
Song,” “What Child is This” and many more. Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My
Christmas will be broadcast in the New York City/tri-state viewing area on
THIRTEEN`s Great Performances series in HD on Thanksgiving night, Thursday,
November 26 at 8 p.m. EST, with additional broadcasts continuing in December on
PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).

Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG –
one of America`s most prolific and respected public media providers.

The My Christmas concert is the ultimate holiday musical experience from Andrea
Bocelli, showcasing the tenor in performances of traditional carols and other
favorites in English, with a few additional selections in Italian and German.
Regarding Christmas music, the star remarks, “I have long dreamed of recording a
holiday album that captures the beautiful traditions of the holiday season.
Every year, these songs have brought incredible joy to me and my family, and it
is my hope to give back that same joy by making this album.” Of her experience
singing Elvis Presley`s “Blue Christmas” with Bocelli during the taping, country
music star Reba McEntire told the Toronto Sun, “I sat there in awe. I just loved
it. (His voice) is rich like frosting on a cake – decadent. It`s so full. I
stood there right beside him and just watched him.”

An iconic figure in music who has sold more than 60 million albums to date,
Bocelli continues to defy categorization, age barriers and labels of any kind.
In concert or on the opera stage, he has sung with everyone from Luciano
Pavarotti and Placido Domingo to Bono and Celine Dion. In addition to his solo
Great Performances concert programs, Bocelli`s many memorable television
appearances include the Oscar and Grammy Awards telecasts, mentoring contestants
on American Idol and performances at the Official Ceremonies of the Olympic
Games, all of which have propelled Andrea Bocelli into becoming a global
household name in contemporary popular music.

The national PBS broadcast of Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas is
produced by THIRTEEN for WNET.ORG.


Video: Andrea Bocelli and David Foster Record with Mormon Tabernacle Choir


David Foster and Andrea Bocelli


From newsroom.lds.org:

Capping off an intense week of multiple recording sessions inside the historic Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Andrea Bocelli and David Foster joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a few hours this month.

“The Lord’s Prayer,” featuring Andrea Bocelli, the choir and orchestra, and David Foster at the organ will be part of a PBS Christmas special produced by WNET. After several takes, David Foster then switched to the piano to accompany both the choir and orchestra for “The Prayer,” a song he personally composed, which will be featured in an upcoming choir and orchestra recording.

Between takes of the recording process, Bocelli sat down at the Tabernacle’s famous pipe organ and gave an impromptu recital of “Ave Maria” while accompanying himself.
“It was beautiful; his sweet voice carried throughout the Tabernacle,” said choir member Robb Cundick, who also said the unplanned performance was his favorite part of the afternoon.

After the conclusion of “The Lord’s Prayer,” Bocelli said he had enjoyed his day in Salt Lake as well as singing in the Tabernacle. He complimented the Tabernacle acoustics and said that the entire experience was very moving.
“For me it was a huge experience,” Bocelli said. “The quality of the choir is very high. … The orchestra also (is) very inspiring.”


Is Katherine Jenkins set for big break Stateside?

Katherine Jenkins

Wales News
Sep 18 2009 by Robin Turner, Western Mail

SOPRANO Katherine Jenkins looks set for her big break in the US, thanks to a television Christmas special.

The Neath star is to sing a duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli in his festive show on the PBS network.
The show, which will also feature Mary J Blige, Natalie Cole and The Muppets, looks set to bring the 29-year-old to a big American audience, with PBS boasting 65 million viewers.

Although Jenkins has insisted she does not want to move from the UK, it will certainly boost sales of her new album, Believe, the first she has recorded in the US.

The Welsh diva had a huge ovation from the 5,000-strong crowd at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre this week where the Christmas show was recorded in front of a live audience.

Bocelli picked Jenkins to sing the ballad I Believe after being impressed with her when they duetted during the 2007 Strictly Come Dancing final.

The singer, due to arrive back in Britain at Heathrow Airport today in time for her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing tomorrow night, was clearly thrilled by her quick visit to Hollywood.

She enthused on her website yesterday: “I’m here on a whistle stop tour – I arrived on Sunday and I go home on Thursday.

“I’m here to perform a TV concert with David Foster and Andrea Bocelli for a PBS Christmas special.

“It’s being filmed at the Kodak theatre… where the Oscars are held! You should see the set, it’s incredible! There are Christmas trees and fake snow, it looks like a magical Christmas in Hollywood!”

She added: “As soon as I get back to the UK I have to prepare for my performance on Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday!

“I’m a massive fan of the show and had so much fun performing on it with Andrea Bocelli in 2007, so I’m really pleased to be involved again.

“I’ll be singing ‘I Believe’ from my new album, but instead of singing it as a duet with Andrea (as I do on the album), I’ll be singing it solo. I can’t wait to see all the dancers in their fabulous outfits!”

Celebrity-watchers believe the Christmas special could well be Katherine’s big break in the US.

Beverley Watts, editor of the online version of Celebrity magazine Now, said: “She has a new management team who are said to be very keen for her to cross the Atlantic.

“Katherine has told us she has no intention of moving to the US on a permanent basis but she’ll need to spend a decent amount of time there to make it work.

“And Bocelli is, of course, massive in America and with the right choice of music, Katherine could now crack it in the US and of course she’s a stunning girl.”

And Elaine Penn, deputy showbiz editor of TV Quick magazine, added: “Katherine Jenkins is already a huge name in the UK, due to her enormous talent. And to be asked to record a duet in the States with Andrea Bocelli is high praise indeed as he’s an international star, recognised the world over and huge in the US.

“Appearing alongside him on PBS could be just the exposure Katherine needs to make it there – after all, the station is said to be America’s ‘most trusted national institution’.”

Producer David Foster is now steering Jenkins’ US career. He said: “Katherine’s voice is right up there with the best. On the Christmas TV special with Andrea she both looked and sounded beautiful.”

Although the star has signalled her intention to break into the American market, moving permanently to the States is something she has said she is keen to avoid.

In a recent interview with Now magazine, she asserted: “I have no intention of moving to America.

“I have a house in London and all my family in Wales. I love it in the US but I am definitely not going to move there.”

The album will be released on October 27, 2009.