Chris Botti In Boston

Wed, 03/11/2009 - 8:00pm

Chris Botti

LeAnn Mueller

Chris Botti In Boston, airing Wednesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1), features the acclaimed trumpeter performing with a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of some of today’s most popular music artists including Sting, Josh Groban, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Lucia Micarelli, and Sy Smith. These talented stars join Botti to give masterful performances of material different from their usual repertoire. The program was filmed in high-definition before an audience at Symphony Hall in Boston with Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops.

From the opening moments of the program, Botti and his special guests keep the audience riveted. After Botti’s beautiful renderings of Ave Maria and When I Fall in Love, viewers will be treated to violinist Lucia Micarelli accompanying Botti in a breathtaking version of Emmanuel followed by Sting’s performance of Seven Days. Other highlights include Josh Groban and Sting performing together on stage for the first time; John Mayer and Katharine McPhee performing Sinatra classics; and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler dedicating his performance of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile to his father, who is sitting in the audience.

The elegant architecture and perfect acoustics of the 100-year old Symphony Hall provide a magical setting for these musical performances:

Act 1

• Opening Sequence
Ave Maria
When I Fall in Love (featuring the Chris Botti band)
Emmanuel (with Lucia Micarelli)
Seven Days (with Sting)

Act 2

Shape of My Heart (with Josh Groban and Sting)
Glad to Be Unhappy (with John Mayer)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (with Katharine McPhee)

Act 3

Cinema Paradiso (with Yo Yo Ma)
Smile (with Steven Tyler)
The Look of Love (with Sy Smith)

Act 4

Indian Summer over credits and applause

Since the release of his first solo album in 1995, Botti has created a series of recordings that have made him a star in the contemporary jazz and pop world. Through his singular combination of lush atmospheres and thoughtful improvisations, Botti has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums, including When I Fall in Love (2004), To Love Again: The Duets (2005) and Italia (2007). In the studio and on stage, Botti has worked with such leading singer-songwriters and composers as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Sting, and renowned film composer John Barry, among others. Botti’s association with Sting — who joined Botti on both To Love Again and When I Fall in Love — dates to 1999, when the trumpeter joined the pop legend’s band as featured soloist on Sting’s “Brand New Day” tour, which lasted two years. One of the world’s most popular concert attractions, Chris Botti currently maintains one of the busiest touring schedules monitored by the industry, and the requests for television appearances, film scoring, and other projects are on the rise as the sound of his trumpet is heard by more and more listeners around the world.