While they were in Abruzzo for the Chieti concert, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero made a very special visit.
This video was broadcast by the Abruzzo TV news program.
Man = Exceptional visit to the small patients of the pediatric oncology department of Pescara. The singing trio of IL VOLO has arrived to bring gifts and joy.
Woman = They kept their promise, they returned to find the small children of the oncohematology department of the hospital in Pescara, the children of IL VOLO.
Occasion, the stage of the tour, for the concert at the Civitella di Chieti, before going on stage, Ignazio Boschetto, the Abruzzese Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone, wanted to meet the small children who in these days, are hospitalized in the structure of Pescara.
Among small gifts, photos and hugs, a moment of true solidarity among those who suffer.
I= We do a little, but we know that it is worth a lot for these children, and it is a pleasure every time, to be able to come here to Pescara and thanks to AGBE (Association Parents Emopathic Children) that gives us this opportunity. Woman = Gianluca, for you Pescara and Abruzzo, have a special value. G= Absolutely, then I adapt to what Ignazio said and what we want to do is give strength to children, and especially to families, being close to them with a few gestures, for us it is important.
P= There is nothing more beautiful than sharing our passion, we are extremely lucky, because there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the people who look at you and smile at you.
A gesture of great significance for the AGBE, which accompanies children and families, in the difficult moments of their lives. Achille Di Paolo, is its president.
AdP = We are proud to have these guys, who support us every time. Whenever they are in the area, in Pescara, even in the Marche, a visit always make a visit to us. They fill us with joy and above all, they make our children smile and this is very important.
P= We have to thank heaven every day, for what we are experiencing right now, we are all extremely lucky, but we don’t realize it. These experiences give you a strength that fills your heart and makes you understand so much about life. I= It’s nice, when you can give a smile to younger children, it’s always a beautiful thing. Besides, I am one who tries not to see only the tragedy, today we live in the present and tomorrow, we will worry, when it will be tomorrow. Today we are here, in the present and we are with these young people and we try to give them a smile now.
G= I am very close, like Ignazio and Piero, to AGBE, we thank them for all the work they do every day, to stay close to these children, and their parents, who need support, above all moral support. Children are naturally unaware of what is happening, but parents, it is clear that they need as much strength. We promise to return, this time too, absolutely, every time the boys, Ignazio and Piero, are here in the area, for a concert, or whatever, we promise to come back, to give you a smile too, to stay together, which is the most important thing.
And here is the AGBE video of the visit of IL VOLO.
Also these days, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, have also given this special message.
I= A few days ago we heard about a sad story, we met a little girl, her name is Jo. She needs an intervention at the heels, this intervention can only be done in America at a cost of around 500,000 euros. We are here, to raise awareness, people like us, who can help us, even with little. P= For more information, go to the Facebook page, “Jo’s dreams”. G= We can help this little girl, who needs all of us, please…
Below are the donation codes from Jo’s photo enlarged.
This is the least known part of our boys, but it is a part that does them much honor.
Always look to those less fortunate than you.
Try to give a smile to those who don’t want to smile.
It is well known that Michele Torpedine was born in Minervino Murge, a small town in Puglia. In the days of late July, by taking advantage of IL VOLO’s passage for the two concerts in Puglia, Michele Torpedine was awarded honorary citizenship.
Here is a nice article published in GAZZETTA DEL MEZZOGIORNO.
Minervino, the manager of IL VOLO, honorary citizen: party with the trio
The honor to Michele Torpedine, celebrated in his hometown and accompanied by his 3 pupils
“I always thought it was a small country town with few inhabitants. Instead it is an extraordinary community, alive and vital, industrious, kind. I am really moved, and above all proud of being born in this land.” Starting from … Minervino Murge, the internationally renowned manager and music producer Michele Torpedine, who in the 1950s, in swaddling clothes, had left the “balcony of Puglia” to move with his family to the north.
An amazing career of Torpedine, discoverer of talents, producer, manager (from Zucchero and Bocelli, passing through Lucio Dalla, also collaborator of Pavarotti), who returned to Minervino yesterday in the company of “his” three young pupils of Il Volo, Piero-Ignazio-Gianluca, arrived in Puglia for the expected concerts of Barletta and Lecce: in the packed hall of Palazzo di Città, Torpedine received the Honorary Citizenship, welcomed by the mayor Lalla Mancini, the Council and the Municipal administration, by numerous authorities (such as the president of the province Pasquale De Toma, the bishop Monsignor Luigi Mansi, Bruna Piarulli, the regional councilor Francesco Ventola) but above all by his fellow citizens, who among the applauses have named him “ambassador of Minervino Murge in the world”.
In reality, everything is born on the internet: thanks to the social networks and the “I like it”, some time ago some relatives of Torpedine contact their sister Liliana. And so Felicia Angiulo, cousin of the manager’s mother, and then Vincenzo and Nella, together with Mattia and Luigi Spineto(all with different degrees of kinship) intertwine with contacts and memories, unpublished photos of the good old days, memories faded and the desire to meet, to talk about each other and hug each other.
The occasion arrived as if by destiny: the Il Volo concert in Barletta, the decision to confer Honorary Citizenship by the city council. Everything perfect, including the presence in the Hall of the “three tenors”(actually two tenors and a baritone)extraordinary boys who besides their voices also have a great gift of sympathy and humility.
“Minervino Murge is the birthplace of many personalities who, in different sectors, have achieved important successes in their work sector, the result of commitment, passion and also genius – said mayor Mancini – and Michele Torpedine is without doubt one of these.”
Also presented was the autobiographical book of the manager “RICOMINCIO DAI TRE – From Minervino Murge to the White House”, Giuseppe Tucci, president of the Pro Loco, gave him the original volume “Minervinesi distinguished in the world”, also containing the biographical profile of Torpedine. Then the flavors of the Murgia, with Torpedine and Il Volo “To the south of the soul”.
But here’s how the award ceremony took place.
And here is a service aired during the regional newscast and I translate for you.
PR = Il Volo, one of the bands launched by the manager Michele Torpedine, from Bologna, originally from Puglia, received today the honorary citizenship of Minervino Murge.
He is the manager of the IL VOLO group, tonight in concert in Barletta, we talk about Michele Torpedine, a Bolognese from Puglia, in particular Minervino Murge, who today gave him honorary citizenship, the service is by Alessandro Trevisani.
I = We will change, Minervino (laughter)
AT = When they arrive, the city council becomes a show. Il Volo is in Minervino Murge to accompany Michele Torpedine, the manager of the three singers, receives honorary citizenship, from the municipality where he was born 67 years ago.
I = We don’t sing, we came only for our manager, for Michele, we are happy ….
AT = Do you feel a little Pugliese too?
I = A little Pugliese, it is strong to say, but Puglia is a land that we love so much, we love coming so much.
MT = He was over 60 years old, I didn’t come, I was six months old, when they took me away from here, and I never came back.
They (Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca) made me understand that in the musical environment, there is also the good part, the positive part.
AT = In his career, Michele Torpedine, produced, launched and re-launched artists such as Zucchero, Gianna Nannini, Lucio Dalla, Giorgia and Andrea Bocelli, but in Minervino, the eyes of the people, are all for Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, that this evening will perform at the Fossato del Castello di Barletta.
Are you ready for the Barletta concert?
P = Yes, yes we are ready.
AT = The first song on the lineup?
P = We can’t say.
Girl = Magnificent, fantastic. AT = Where are you from? Girl = From Milan. Woman = I would like to hug that gentleman there, who is above (Torpedine). Woman = They are very nice. I = But you have it with me ?? (he jokes) Man = We wish the guys of IL VOLO, to keep their feet on the ground, and never to take flight with their heads. P = The appeal I make: Minervino Murge, capital of European culture (applause).
And here is what Massimiliano Bevilacqua writes, present at the ceremony.
Impossible to describe with images the emotions experienced on this day. The conferment of honorary citizenship on our fellow citizen Michele Torpedine, beacon of the fantastic boys of “Il Volo”, witnessed the strong bond of the well-known manager with his hometown. The presence of civil, political, ecclesial and military authorities honored the Municipal Council of Minervino and all citizens. Thanks to the Minervino family members of Michele Torpedine, who gave unforgettable moments and rediscovered the great value of the family. A day dedicated to music, which Michele Torpedine brought to the world with Minervino in the heart. Music expresses feelings, represents our emotional part, but above all it unites. Today Minervino has taken off. That it is only the beginning of a path of growth that sees us all involved in overcoming divisions and in considering the beauty that surrounds us with different eyes.
It took more than 60 years for Torpedine to return to his hometown ……. but how wonderful it is to come back and be received with all the honors, in that town, from which his family had to leave, in search of fortune.
Even Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, were close to you, in this happy moment, because they too, are part of your family affections.
Congratulations, Michele Torpedine.
And here is a summary of the entire day published by Torpediniera.
During the Musica tour, Ignazio Boschetto performs two solo pieces.
Today I want to talk to you about “ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO”.
This beautiful song, was written by Bruno Lauzi and Maurizio Fabrizio , good Italian songwriters, and brought to success by Mia Martini. Mia Martini was a very good singer, sister of Loredana Bertè, very close sisters, but diametrically different.
Mia was a very sensitive and even reserved person. Thanks to her beautiful voice and her way of singing in 1973 she began her success at the age of 26. Unfortunately 10 years later she decides to retire from the scene, due to unfounded slander, perhaps the gossips started almost as a joke, but then the joke became heavy, unbearable, everyone said that Mia Martini brought bad luck to everyone and no one wanted to hear her sing any more , and no one engaged her to attend events.
In 1989 she returned to Sanremo with the new song “ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO”, with which she was immediately successful.
Mia Martini’s life is full of ups and downs and unfortunately, on May 12th 1995, her body is found without life. The autopsy will establish that she died from an overdose of medicines, it will never be known if she deliberately took her life.
The video of Ignazio that I propose to you was recorded in Taormina.
Ignazio himself, presents the song with these words of his:
“And now the time has come to remember a great artist, who unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to know, because today she is gone, but a few months ago, on television I saw a fiction dedicated to her, and I stayed, as Gianluca says, stunned, sad, but happy to have known a little better this artist, to have known better her life, her dynamics, to such an extent that I also did a great research, and in everything I found about her, I arrived in my head to a great message: – In the end there is no one able to judge other people, because we ourselves know how much we are worth, always.- (applause)
And this year I wanted to remember the great Mia Martini.”
Here is the text:
ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO
Sai, la gente è strana Prima si odia e poi si ama Cambia idea improvvisamente Prima la verità poi, mentirà Continuamente Scioccamente
Tu, tu che sei diverso Almeno tu nell’universo Non cambierai Dimmi che, per sempre sarai sincero E che mi amerai davvero, di più, di più, di più
Sai, la gente è sola Come può lei si consola Per non far sì che la mia mente Si perda in congetture, in paure Inutilmente e poi per niente
Tu, tu che sei diverso Almeno tu nell’universo Un punto sei, che non ruota mai intorno a me Un sole che splende per me soltanto Come un diamante in mezzo al cuore
Tu, tu che sei diverso Almeno tu nell’universo Non cambierai Dimmi che per sempre sarai sincero E che mi amerai davvero di più, di più, di più.
Non cambierai Dimmi che per sempre sarai sincero E che mi amerai davvero
And here is the meaning of the text:
AT LEAST YOU IN THE UNIVERSE
You know, people are weird First you hate and then you love Change your mind suddenly First the truth then will lie Continuously Foolishly
You, you who are different At least you in the universe You will not change Tell me that you will always be sincere And that you will really love me, more, more, more
You know, people are alone How can she console herself Not to let my mind Lose yourself in conjecture, in fear Useless and then for nothing.
You, you who are different At least you in the universe A point you are, that never revolves around me A sun that shines for me only Like a diamond in the middle of the heart
You, you who are different At least you in the universe You will not change Tell me that you will always be sincere And that you will really love me more, more, more.
You will not change Tell me that you will always be sincere And that you will really love me ………more.
And here is the video of Mia Martini.
Very sweet the interpretation of Mia Martini, but I can say that even our excellent Ignazio, has not betrayed the expectations. He didn’t upset the song, maintaining its rhythms and respecting the passion, he only interpreted it in a way more suited to his vocals.
And what about his initial commentary on the song? I read between the lines, a veiled (not very) reproach to those who believe they have the right to judge you, and with a few words to destroy your laboriously built career. (certainly a parallel with certain press and certain judges of Sanremo).
Slowly, slowly, we arrived in CHIETI, the last Italian stop, before the grand finale of Verona. We are in Abruzzo, the land of Gianluca.
Let’s start with this video with this presentation that I translate for you.
C H I E T I
“LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”
G= Finally in my land, finally, after a long wait. P = Two concerts in Sicily, and you spoke in Sicilian … G = Welcome to Abruzzo. P = It’s not like you play at home, and the two of us leave, you don’t do the concert alone. G = Then you make us feel how you speak the Abruzzese, but the Teramo dialect is different. I = (signs to be silent and speaks with a fixed voice) Welcome to Abruzzo, a magnificent land, a very fertile land of talents, not only of Gianluca, also of many illustrious characters such as Rocco Siffredi (pornographic actor), of great stature. G = But can you start a concert with these things? I = I have not finished yet, I warn you that otherwise I start over again. Welcome to Abruzzo, a very beautiful city. P + G = City ???? I = Very beautiful region, overlooking the sea on the Adriatic coast, but there is also a beautiful mountain, the Gran Sasso, welcome to Abruzzo, thanks. Let’s say you have a good (Gianluca) that should be “Unesco heritage”, wherever he goes, he speaks of Abruzzo (applause) P = If we go to South Africa, “I’m from Abruzzo”, to explain Abruzzo to Woody Allen, he had to talk about Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. G = Thank you, see? You make me look good, thanks. I = But surely you will take some percentage from the region, it’s incredible, whatever you talk about, he says Abruzzo. You should open a cellar “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo” P = I wanted to say that this year we are celebrating 10 years of career, thanks. In 10 years, so many things have changed, so many pounds have gone away (indicates Ignazio’s belly) I = I want to undress, but it’s not a lookout. P = Master: (begins the song )
“CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU”
The Chieti concert was also the last concert, this year with Quarta and IL VOLO(he will also be in Verona) and Alessandro finally said these beautiful words:
“At some point, one has to take a vacation, and right now, that I’ve met these THREE WONDERS, I have to move away from them. Because today, for me, it’s the last stop on the tour, for me it was a pleasure, let me tell you, not immense, MORE, because it is incredible how they have an excellent musical maturity, because usually the voice is heard, only these high notes are heard, but the music is not only made of strong dynamics, the difficulty is when you get a fort, making your voice slow, which for me means being truly, truly, honored to have three voices like that, not only for how they sing, but also for how they interpret.”
……. and we end with Gianluca’s thanks.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. We must feel them with our hearts. It is always nice to sing in my land. Thanks to all the people present last night in Chieti, I experienced some unforgettable moments that I will carry with me forever.”❤️ ️✨ ~Gianluca
D U B R O V N I K
Dubrovnik, is a beautiful town in southern Croatia, boasts a historic center of particular historical and cultural importance, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and which earned it the nickname“Pearl of the Adriatic”.
Until the 70’s its name was RAGUSA(in Italian Ragusa of the Adriatic to distinguish it from the Sicilian Ragusa). Dubrovnik is its name in Croatian and often, in books, the double name is used.
Well, the Italian adventure is over, only the grand finale remains in Verona.You have noticed that the program of the songs varies, in Croatia “Caruso” was inserted. Even Gianluca, in recent concerts, has replaced a solo. They are like this, they modify the lineup, according to the needs.
Okay, you guys need rest, holidays and return to families.
For the concerts we meet again in September, happy holidays …………. and happy holidays to all the crew of Flight Crew !!
And those who found Barletta, the friends Boccia and Esposito, the authors of Grande Amore.
I miei grandi amori…….sempre e per sempre nel mio cuore ❤️
My great loves … always and forever in my heart ❤️
L E C C E
Thanks to the beautiful photos of Mr. Ginoble, a really crowded square, in the beautiful square of the Cathedral of Lecce.
“NO PUEDE SER” (final)
“LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI”
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”
The view is far away but it serves to have the whole of the square and the final reaction of the people. At the end of the song, the boys demand a big applause for Alessandro Quarta, who is performing in his land.
And here in the front row, among the people, is the bishop of Lecce.
You must know, that the Cathedral in Lecce is a symbolic square of the local church: with a single entrance, it is closed by the buildings of the Diocesan Museum and the Bishop’s Palace. The previous bishop had always denied her use at concerts. The current, Monsignor Michele Seccia, who chairs the commission, has instead decided to open it, long enough to grant it for the summer 2019, also to Il Volo and Fiorella Mannoia. Denied instead, to those singers with songs with explicit or irreverent lyrics.
Gianluca: “It is an honor to be here and to sing in front of ‘my’ bishop.”
A concert that showed a splendid combination of the baroque art of Piazza Duomo and the musical art of this trio. The uniqueness of the artistic frame of the venue was in fact highlighted by the leading singers of the evening: “As soon as we took the stage a few minutes ago, we saw a magnificent scenery, one of the most beautiful squares not of Italy but of the world.” Gianluca Ginoble said, “The idea of singing in Piazza Duomo was born four years ago, when we were on vacation in Porto Cesareo with our manager Michele Torpedine, and after coming for a walk in Lecce, we thought about how nice it would be to sing in this place. Today this dream has come true.”
It was Ginoble, who with the other comrades of the group, had an episcopal meeting with the archbishop to address a personal greeting to Msgr. Michele Seccia, stating that it was an honor to sing for the archbishop this evening. The singer recalled that he had received the sacrament of confirmation from Bishop Seccia, when the latter exercised his episcopal ministry in the diocese of Teramo-Atri. Great successes of the group excited those present, who sang songs like “Grande Amore” and “L’amore si muove”.
Among the surprises, the performance by violinist Alessandro Quarta, an artist much appreciated for his rigorous Salentine origins. A concert that took place in a workmanlike manner, the organization was impeccable in terms of plant engineering and safety and security measures adopted.
Il Volo at the Duomo, the lyric that becomes pop welcomed in the heart of the Baroque of Lecce
Their voice is majestic and seems to give further strength and intensity to the Baroque art that frames Piazza Duomo: Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca begin by singing “Il Mondo” and are full of energy, they are young, they are beautiful.
Last night in “tour” in Lecce, the three singers of the opera group “Il Volo” have bewitched the Salento public, with their masterful singing and artistic qualities, with their “savoire faire” of other times, made however very current by the sympathy and from the synergy that hovers between them. Very elegant and formal, like in a top-level theater.
Gianluca Ginoble’s grace was immediately evident, in thanking the Bishop of Lecce, Monsignor Michele Seccia, for the hospitality that the singer remembers having met on the occasion of his Confirmation. On the other hand Il Volo has always been able to juggle the graces of the Church: not least, the famous “selfie” that Pope Francis granted them this winter in Panama.
“Ah, heck, at 12 you couldn’t keep it in the Curia?!” Ignazio Boschetto jokes. The trio performed great international classics, such as “Can’t help falling in love” by Elvis Presley and “My Way” by Frank Sinatra and Italians, like “Volare”, by Domenico Modugno.
In the front line there is also a fourth protagonist: the Salentine violinist Alessandro Quarta, who a few months ago performed on the stage of the Ariston, for Il Volo, “Musica che resta”. “I’ve always dreamed of playing here, at the Duomo. But never would I have thought of a concert next to the three of them, which are the best of Italian opera music in the world!”
“And now your Alessandro Quarta, all for you”, Gianluca exclaims. And here is that the violinist has performed some passages, accompanied to the piano by the teacher Giuseppe Magagnino (Salentine pianist of national fame).
Then a moment in which each of the three sang as a soloist, to give a single voice to the different vocality and peculiarities that characterize them: in this sense, interpreting “Almeno tu nell’universo”, the tribute of Ignazio Boschetto to Mia Martini: “I am here to remind you that no one can ever judge us!”
But then also some funny sketches to soften the show:
“A nice thing happened this evening: we went on stage at 10, because at 9:30, ready to get dressed, we realized that Ignazio had forgotten his clothes in the hotel!”
“And what do you want from me?”, said Ignazio. “I proposed to do the concert in underwear, but there was the Curia and nothing could be done about it!” It is still the boys, looking around saying, “But have these gentlemen at the window and on the balconies paid for the ticket?” But how many are you? 150? They come out of the bathroom too! Let me check under the stage!”
To announce the last song, long awaited “Grande Amore”, the song with which they won in Sanremo in 2015, Ignazio recalled: “In the end the dreams are wishes that come true and this year we are celebrating our 10 years of career: the date dates back to April 25, 2009, and from there everything has changed. But it’s all the fault of this song!”
A refined public, who has repeatedly stood up to applaud and which on the final has broken down into masses, abandoning the armchairs to push himself to the foot of the stage, where the three singers have not pulled back in signing their records and gadgets . Of course, there was no lack of controversy over the blocking of an area, for security reasons.
For the rest, enormous enthusiasm for a party and a great celebration of opera, able to bring more and more young people to this musical genre.
Even the adventure PUGLIA has ended, and it seems in the best way.
Wherever they go, these guys leave behind a trail of success and love.
But immediately on the run, next stop ABRUZZO, in the land of Gianluca !!
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