Notte Magica – Chicago, March 18 – 1st Time! ~ Pat Ward




Chicago, Illinois – March 18, 2017

On Friday, the day before the concert, we walked a block from our hotel to the Civic Opera House to get some pictures in the daylight. What an impressive building! I was surprised to see no marquee or even a sign mentioning the IL VOLO concert the next evening.Picture11

Saturday evening we arrived at the Civic Opera House just before the doors opened. After we went in and got our VIP tags and bags, I walked into that grand hall. I did exactly what someone on the blog (I think it might have been Marie) recommended we do – I stopped and looked and took it all in. I did the same thing when we entered the theatre. It was glorious! We walked down the red carpeted aisle to our front row seats on the right side of the stage. I turned around and looked at the whole theatre and the balconies. It was a beautiful space!

I hadn’t even sat down before two very nice ladies came up and asked for one of the wristbands I had made to share at this concert. Before the show started I gave some more Picture5out to those around me and finally grabbed a handful and sent them down the front row. It was so much fun!

For some reason we were told immediately after taking our seats that no photos or videos were allowed! I was shocked! I heard some say that it was by request of IL VOLO. Why? I had seen photos and videos from the preceding shows. How could my luck as a first time IL VOLO concert attendee be so bad? Me, being the rebel I am, took discreet photos and videos until they told me to quit about 2/3 of the way thru the concert.

I was in heaven when the boys stepped onto the stage. I couldn’t believe I was really there! Picture9Their voices and the music just took me away to that “other place”. I didn’t know anyonePicture10 else existed at that point. After Nessun Dorma, when we all jumped up to applaud, Gianluca looked over at us and I pointed at him, he smiled and pointed back at me and winked! I just about fell over!

All through the concert it was all I could do to restrain myself from singing along, especially on Grande Amore and their new Ave Maria. The musicians who accompany the boys are exceptional. Together they take the music they perform to a new level of expression and emotion.

One thing that really struck me and still stands out in my mind is how dazzling the boys’ smiles were when they stepped to center stage in the spotlight to take their bows after their solos and duets. It took me totally by surprise!

Of course, all too soon, the concert ended and we waited in our seats to go to the M&G. We didn’t have to wait long at all before we were instructed to go upstairs to the M&G room. The whole setting was a relaxed atmosphere, almost like a party! I talked with some people and continued giving out the last of my wristbands making sure that Leonora Ginoble,Picture8 Gaetano Barone, and Ignazio’s girlfriend, Alessandra, also got one. I barely got done with the wristbands when it was my turn for Meet & Greet!

When I first stepped up I handed each of them their little silver organza bags that contained wristbands, another bracelet and a personal message from me. I then told them that my birthday was two days before and my friend, Patty’s was a week before that. Gianluca looked me straight in the eyes and told me, “Buon compleanno!” I said, “Thank you” instead of “Grazie” – darn, I forgot to say it in Italian! I then asked each of them for a birthday hug and then stepped between Picture4Gianluca and Piero. My friend, Patty, stood next to Ignazio. Gianluca was softly humming something that was very high and sweet. I did not recognize the tune. Wow! I wish he would have kept doing that forever! As we were standing there looking at the photographer I told him, “You know, I sing along with all your songs.” And he said, “Oh yeah?” I then said, “Yes, and I sing YOUR part!” Then FLASH, FLASH, FLASH! I never heard the photographer say, “1,2,3”. I’m sure I was having a “first IL VOLO M&G” brain fog and that’s why neither me nor Gianluca had smiles on our faces. We were having a “moment” and still talking! I did remember after that to ask Gianluca what happened during Grande Amore. I saw him mess up the lyrics just a little and then grin at Ignazio. I told him I saw it, he then said, “Go ask Ignazio what happened!” So I walk over and asked him. He looked a bit surprised, smiled and said, “I don’t know!” I am sure he did know!

Overall my first IL VOLO concert and M&G was a great experience, I didn’t feel too rushed when with the boys but I still didn’t remember to tell them everything that I wanted to say. There’s always next time!

I met a lot of nice folks in Chicago who share the same love for these three delightful young men, among them were Jana, Betty, Chris, Lorna and Harriett with her friends. I loved hearing the guys say in an interview that when they go to each concert here in the Picture6U.S. they feel like we are their family out in the audience. I’m sure they realize that we all wish only the best for them and continue to support them because we ARE a kind of family brought together by this phenomenon called IL VOLO!

Patricia Ward



Thank you Pat for a most beautiful first-time review of our boys!  We are so glad you had a great experience!

Keep those comments coming!  We’d love to post your review right here!  🙂


19 thoughts on “Notte Magica – Chicago, March 18 – 1st Time! ~ Pat Ward”

  1. I just got home from the L.A. concert. I will write a report as soon as I come down from cloud nine. One of the shining moments was when Placido came on stage and sang with them. What a treat. Joanie G

  2. Patrizia, what a nice review you did.
    You’re right, when you are at a concert of IL VOLO, that would never end.
    It was your first concert and not let you down.
    At my first concert I was appalled by the power of the voices of the boys.
    Beautiful also your meeting with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, who knows what would not say Ignatius.
    Beautiful even your bracelets, you really had very nice idea and I think it will have been appreciated by all.

    1. Grazie Daniela! Their voices with the sound system were very powerful! I agree with Gianluca who said in an interview that there is nothing like a live performance! I think everyone liked the wristbands. One girl in line at the meet & greet grabbed me and kissed me on the cheek when I gave one to her! It was so much fun!

  3. It’s wonderful to have had such a great first concert and also the Meet and Greet sounds more relaxed. It seems like this tour they may have improved on some of these. Listening to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca live is truly heavenly and you do hope the concert never ends. It was so nice of you to give out the bracelets. I’m sure everyone appreciated receiving them. Il Volo fans like sharing their love! In Easton, they asked us not to take pictures or videos but didn’t say it was a request from Il Volo. And they did speak to people near us occasionally to remind them during the show. That is why there are very few photos or videos from that concert. Two days later at Radio City, there was no mention of it and so many people were taking photos and videos,
    so I rather doubt it is at the request of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

    1. I have heard them say in interview’s
      that is never their request, but the request of theater management.
      I know that a lot of people in the audience will complain to management about it.

    2. Thanks Margaret! All I know is I didn’t come all that way from NW Missouri by train to not be able to take pics of the guys!

  4. Fabulous review, Patricia. You made me feel like I was there with you. I’m so glad you were able to hand out the wristbands. That was so sweet for you to do.

  5. Woop’s I see I made a mistake with the post to Pat.
    I read the review twice so I know it was in Chicago, but then I say what a treat to have Placido sing.
    I know he sang at the L.A. Concert not Chicago.
    Obviously I was not completely awake when I posted it. Sorry about the mix up Pat.

  6. I have tickets to the San Jose concert, because of illness in our family I won’t be able to go. I can’t even think of the wonderful evening I’m going to miss. I’m heartbroken on so many levels. Everyone please enjoy the concert for me

    1. I share your pain, Gerri. Looks like my seats will also be empty. I did ask Jeannette to go upstairs to the top balcony and choose 2 people to take my seats! It would make their night and it would make me feel so much better!

      1. What a nice gesture Pat. I was not able to go to the concert either. I had a PBS ticket, and they don’t let you sell it or give it away. I gave it back to them, and they gave it to one of their employees who was not able to find a ticket. They made it sound like the concert was sold out.

  7. Thanks Jill. I’m just hoping someone can get to enjoy those seats! And, wouldn’t you know, the seats for this Las Vegas concert are on the same side as the guys. Our seats in Chicago were opposite where the guys stood.

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