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Administrative Assistant to the Chief

Verona & Taormina 2020! Set your clocks!

Okay folks, if you missed them in Italy in 2019, you may have seen and heard they are offering 2 new shows in Italy in 2020.  More than likely, others will be announced, but for now, tickets go on sale TODAY at, well, 5AM EST time!!  (of course even earlier for you west coast fans!) Yes, set your alarms for 5AM easterners, as they go on sale at 11am Italy time!  Details are below and again you need the code, but please don’t call me at 4am.  You need to be a member of the Fan Club to attain the code.  Last time it was 10anni, but who knows if it will be the same this time?

Get your tickets soon!  Info below was copy pasted from the email we received today:

(Please be sure to follow directions exactly and purchase tickets from only the site listed below)  Personally, I’ve yet to actually see the code myself, but they tell me it’s on the Fan Club site, which you will have access to, after your membership is activated.

If you are not already a member of the fan club, follow these instructions:

Go to this site: https://www.ilvolomusic.com/en/  (link should take you to the English version)  1.  Click on Shop (upper right); 2.  scroll down a bit and you will see 2 options for the fan club subscription.  Choose either one, but I suggest the digital one, as you won’t be charged shipping.  Price comes to about $20 or so, depending on current euro value.  If you choose the non-digital, you will get a member card in the mail, but I’ve yet to really need it for anything, it’s just cool to have. 🙂  3. click on your choice, do add to cart, and check outPlease note: Once payment is done, you will receive two emails: one with the confirmation of purchase and one containing instructions for activating your online account.  4. billing, etc. is pretty straightforward.

If you have any issues, they are actually pretty responsive, just give them a few days to respond.

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Wow! Il Volo announces 2 new dates for the next year!

August 30/2020 Verona – Arena
September 4/2020 Taormina – Teatro Antico

Fan Club members can purchase tickets IN PRESALE, before all the others!!

Here are the MODALITIES OF PRESALE:

FROM 11am Italian Time OF WEDNESDAY 6th NOVEMBER, TO 10am Italian Time OF THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER all the members of the Fan Club will be able to buy MAX. 4 TICKETS for each date.

The code is valid for ONE PURCHASE only. You will not have other codes available. If you want to buy more tickets, you will have to buy them in one single order.

In order to purchase tickets, you will need an account on the TicketOne website. If you do not already have one, register here:

https://www.ticketone.it/login.html?affiliate=ITT&doc=feature/login

(if you click on the little Italian flag in the upper right corner, you will have the option to translate to English, or about 20 other languages!)

  (this is very important – do this first. I personally would recommend e-tickets, if you can get them)


WARNING!
FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE:

– Copy and save the PROMO CODE that you will find in evidence on the Fan Club homepage

– Copy and save NOW the address http://i.digita.li/ilvolo-taormina-verona (we recommend adding it as a bookmark)

– FROM 11am Italian Time November 6th you can proceed with the purchase directly on

http://i.digita.li/ilvolo-taormina-verona without going through the Fan Club.

This procedure will allow direct access to the presale page, avoiding overloading and site blocking.

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FAQ – Answers to some frequently asked questions

Can we access the presale without having received the card yet?
YES! You do not need the card. As soon as you sign up for the Fan Club, you will immediately have access to all the initiatives, including presale.

Will there be access to the soundcheck?
Any initiatives, such as access to the soundcheck, will be communicated as soon as we have all the necessary information, agreed with the production of the concert.

How come so little notice for presale?
The methods of communication of the tour and the start of pre-sales are planned by the organizers who must consider many factors.
As Fan Club, we put ourselves in this dynamic to guarantee to the subscribers the advantage to purchase tickets.

LAST CALL!!! Ignazio Turns 25! – Oct 4, 2019

OK, LAST CALL FOR BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR IGNA!!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS!  🙂

Our dear Ignazio turns 25 this year – hey, he’s catching up to us now!  🙂  Yes, he has really toned up this summer and is looking fantastic, not that he didn’t 1-igna3always look most awesome!  He may have come in third place, but he’s always been number one in our hearts (ok, me, Marie, and I know there are quite a few of you others out there, too!)

So, you know the drill… send your best wishes to Ignazio and comment on this site, or send to the site email if you know what that is….

Also, Kelly is always up for suggestions on a 1-igna4theme song for his birthday video!

 

Tanti auguri, amico maschio!

1-1 ib1

 

Jana

Photo credits to:  Emilia T, from Detroit; Ignazio’s Poetry from Instagram, and me! 🙂

FINAL UPDATE! Who’s Going to Verona in September? / Someone needs a ticket…

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A week from today, I plan to be on a plane… 🙂

Below is the list from a few weeks ago.  Was there anyone else that planned to attend?

  1. me – Jana VandeLaare – Michigan – soundcheck

  2. Lorna Ste Marie – Michigan – soundcheck

  3. Betty Young – Louisiana – soundcheck

  4. Jeannette Giglio – Michigan

  5. Daniela Perani – Italy – soundcheck

  6. Rose Marie P. – Ohio – soundcheck

  7. Bill T Kathy Nelson (Facebook)

  8. Claudine D’haene (Facebook)

  9. Marie Yome (Facebook)

  10. Marlisse Porras (Facebook)

  11. Eliso Veziropoulou (Facebook)

  12. Alicja Leszczynska – Poland – soundcheck

  13. Susan Tafanelli – soundcheck

  14. Ann Marie Prior – Massachussetts – soundcheck

  15. Janet Dong and her husband – soundcheck

  16. JUDITH GRASSIAN – found her on a comment from the book post 🙂

I think we agreed that we should meet after the sound check – somewhere in the arena.

Per a comment from Daniela, the presentation of the book still has not been confirmed.  It’s literally 10 days away, so I hope they can finalize it soon.  🙂

If you will be in Verona, you can purchase the book from the Feltrinelli book store in the Porta Nuova train station.  Daniela said she is taking names and they will set aside a book for you. Contact Daniela on this post, or the book post from a few days ago.  Many are hoping it’s published in English.  She said if you go to their website and request it, and they get enough response, they may publish it in English as well.

 

NEED A TICKET!

SOS!  I know of someone that thought they had a ticket, but the site they thought they purchased it from, must have oversold and now she does not have a ticket to Verona!  If anyone knows of an available ticket, please contact me at jvandela524@gmail.com.  However, due to vision issues, she really needs a ticket in orchestra pit or very close in the first section.  Grazie Mille!!

 

Jana

 

 

P.S. all picture credits go to me – lol 🙂  

Ignazio Turns 25! – Oct 4, 2019

Our dear Ignazio turns 25 this year – hey, he’s catching up to us now!  🙂  Yes, he has really toned up this summer and is looking fantastic, not that he didn’t 1-igna3always look most awesome!  He may have come in third place, but he’s always been number one in our hearts (ok, me, Marie, and I know there are quite a few of you others out there, too!)

So, you know the drill… send your best wishes to Ignazio and comment on this site, or send to the site email if you know what that is….

Also, Kelly is always up for suggestions on a 1-igna4theme song for his birthday video!

 

Tanti auguri, amico maschio!

1-1 ib1

 

Jana

Photo credits to:  Emilia T, from Detroit; Ignazio’s Poetry from Instagram, and me! 🙂

Who’s Going to Verona in September? / PBS Detroit Labor Day… Update!

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(Just a word about our Facebook page… we love that you are able to comment there and chat with the other Flight Crew members, however, if you’d like to comment specifically on one of our blog posts, we’d really like for you to comment on the blog post itself, and not in the Facebook comments.  We regret that we do not always have time to read Facebook and things get buried very quickly on there.  We thank everyone for their comments and all are important to us, so we don’t want to miss anyone’s thoughts!  Thank you, Flight Crew Admins)

Ok, the Verona concert is just about 3 weeks away now, but the guys will be visiting Mexico this next week!  So close, and yet so far….

Thank you to all of you that responded with comments and well wishes for everyone’s trips.  I loved hearing from everyone!

So, on that note, let’s see who’s going to Verona, soundcheck, and concert! (if you want the soundcheck passes, you need to be a member of the Il Volo fan club.  Membership is either about $20 or so for just digital, or it comes to about $32 if you want the membership card, including shipping – all benefits are the same.)

  1. me – Jana VandeLaare – Michigan – soundcheck

  2. Lorna Ste Marie – Michigan – soundcheck

  3. Betty Young – Louisiana – soundcheck

  4. Jeannette Giglio – Michigan

  5. Daniela Perani – Italy – soundcheck

  6. Rose Marie P. – Ohio – soundcheck

  7. Bill T Kathy Nelson (Facebook)

  8. Claudine D’haene (Facebook)

  9. Marie Yome (Facebook)

  10. Marlisse Porras (Facebook)

  11. Eliso Veziropoulou (Facebook)

  12. Alicja Leszczynska – Poland – soundcheck

  13. Susan Tafanelli – soundcheck

  14. Ann Marie Prior – Massachussetts – soundcheck

  15. Janet Dong and her husband – soundcheck

  16. Did I miss anyone?  🙂

Ok, as far as a meeting place, was discussing with Daniela and she could not think of anything.  I had heard of this before, but apparently we are trapped in the arena after the soundcheck!  Daniela expects the soundcheck to be around 5:30p.  I doubt it lasts longer than an hour (anyone have any idea?), concert is not until 9p, so we will have at least 2 -3 hours to kill.  Since it looks like a good majority of us will be at the soundcheck, I think that is our best option to meet.  How does that sound?  Perhaps we can decide on a meeting place, near one of the entrances or something?  I’ve already decided I am not going to have time to eat prior to the soundcheck, but I was assured there should be snack areas as well as beverage areas.  My question is, when and will they be open?

Our personal schedule will be very tight, as our train does not get into Verona until 1:37pm.  I thought we would have plenty of time until the 9p concert, not expecting the soundcheck to be so early, etc.  We also have to meet my other friend for the concert tickets, because I am sure we will not be able to get in the soundcheck without them!

One other thing I found out… were any of you contacted by Patrizia for contributing to the book that will be given to the guys?  If so, per Daniela, they will be presenting it to them in a special meeting sometime early afternoon before the soundcheck.  Rose Marie and I, along with Daniela are in the book.  If you are in the book, you get to attend!  🙂  So, I will be running all over Verona.  I hope it is right before the soundcheck and close to the arena.

Daniela also said the book will be available for sale at some area bookstores in Verona, as well as at one of the train stations.  I guess you can get it on Amazon.it, but shipping is more than the book!  I plan to get a few copies while I am over there.  🙂  Book is 18 euros. 

Ok, Labor Day and the Guys on PBS….

I did not watch too many of the clips from the Matera concert, so I will be surprised.  🙂

Chris and I are looking forward to being in the same room with the guys, even if we only see them from behind.  🙂  The phones sometimes tend to go crazy and it’s hard to hear in the room and we often miss a lot of what they are saying – those blasted donors lol!  But I’m sure their presence will fill the room with Il Volo joy and laughter.  It appeared that Il Volo Music was making posts on Instagram and Twitter about them appearing on PBS on Labor Day, which only confused many fans. We had several comments on this site as well, as people commenting on  the Twitter/Instagram sites.  I posted on a few Instagram sites that this taping was for Detroit only and that afterwards, it would be sent to the various PBS stations across the country and likely shown at their next major pledge drives.  I also found out that they decided to limit the tickets to 30, instead of the original 50.  I’m sorry about that, I know one of you emailed me with your disappointment.  Maybe they will get a whole 2 minutes with them!  🙂  That would make it just about an hour or so for their meet/greet time.

HURRICANE DORIAN

We can’t let this post go without a mention of our friends and loved ones in Florida and those on the eastern coast of the United States.  Was nearly 3 years ago that the last hurricane hit, very close to this same time.  Luckily, the west coast of Florida will seem to be spared, as the storm is making the north eastern turn, however, there are still many folks in the new path of the storm, including our beloved Marie, with her sister, in Myrtle Beach. I have not been in contact with her since the storm was predicted.  I will likely text her today.  I read they had orders to evacuate…  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many affected fans, and those with friends and loved ones that will be affected by this storm.

PLEASE HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY, AND VIGILANT LABOR DAY!

 

Jana

 

 

P.S. all picture credits go to me – lol 🙂  (except PBS one…)