Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope, A Great Performances Special

Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope, A Great Performances Special

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Experience iconic Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in an Easter Sunday concert from Milan’s historic cathedral. 

Last weekend, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli broke the YouTube Classical Live stream record for his performance from the Duomo in Milan. Now you have a chance to experience that Easter Sunday concert from Milan’s historic cathedral. With the city under lockdown due to COVID-19, Bocelli performs “Ave Maria,” “Amazing Grace” and more accompanied only by an organist. Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope, A Great Performances Special airs Friday, April 17 at 8:30PM on WXXI-TV. Please note: This special airs in place of Play By The Rules, which was orignally schedule to air at this time.
 
In a statement, Bocelli said, “I am moved and delighted to have received such an overwhelming reaction that has gone beyond our highest expectations…. It was an immeasurable honor and privilege to lend my voice to the prayers of millions of people, gathered in a single embrace — a small, great miracle of which the whole world was the protagonist and which confirms my optimism about the future of our planet.”
 
Accompanied only by the organist, Emanuele Vianelli, Bocelli sang a carefully chosen selection of pieces, specially arranged for solo voice and organ, including the beloved Bach/Gounod setting of “Ave Maria” and Franck’s “Panis Angelicus.” Bocelli ended the performance with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
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