Category Archives: 10 Year Anniversary

MEXICO: MUSIC TOUR 16/17/18 by Daniela

After the summer break, the tour started again with three stops in MEXICO.

The boys were welcomed with great affection.

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But let’s see some moments of the concerts of the various stages:

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I am attaching this unique video but almost one hour in concert !!

What a beautiful series of songs and what to say about “La Luna Hizo Esto”, sung in the company of three girls from the audience. They will never forget it, how lucky you are !!!

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Furthermore, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have participated in many radio and television programs, where they have always brought joy and sweetness.

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Even the newspapers have spoken very well of them and of the concerts.

These are two excellent articles, of which I translate the most important parts.

Diario de Yucatan Article – Click Here

Il Volo fell in love with thousands of fans during the concert they offered as part of their “Music Tour” tour, with which they celebrated 10 years of their artistic career.

In the Italian, English and Spanish languages, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble have interpreted, for two hours, twenty themes of Latin American classical music, their successes and the new songs from their album.

As soon as the intensity of the National Auditorium’s lights decreased, the show began. The silhouette of each of the singers was barely glimpsed and the audience, mainly women, started screaming with excitement.

Quién Article – Click Here

The baritone Gianluca Ginoble, the tenor Ignazio Boschetto and the tenor Piero Barone provoked the euphoria of their Mexican followers, who gathered at the National Auditorium to answer the call of their idols, Il Volo, which after six years of absence is climbed the national scene again and simply fell in love. 

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The power in the voice of Ginoble, Boschetto and Barone was the perfect pretext for the warm applauses, and regardless of the genre, compliments were shouted, like a strong “I love you Nacho!”, From a man, or the amusing – and already popular – cry of a woman: “Make me a son!”

Piero’s sensuality, Gianluca’s gallantry and total feeling, which Ignazio gives to each of his interpretations, as well as his renewed figure, caused delirium, all the more when they dedicated part of their repertoire to a tribute to one of the greatest performers Mexicans: José José.

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Another of the highlights of the night was when the Mariachi appeared, with whom they delighted to the rhythm of “Cielito Lindo”, who made it clear that the clear register of Boschetto and Barone’s voices, and the most serious of Ginoble, reaches harmony with vernacular instruments, which have also generated the absolute emotion of the public.

The trio also made room for hearing their own songs, which reached a monumental chorus. If their mere presence was no longer a matter of madness, euphoria was unleashed at most when every young man invited a girl from the audience to sing directly with them. The face of the three lucky girls, between emotion and disbelief, will remain in everyone’s memory.

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Guys, what to say, Mexico has also been conquered, by your talent and your love.
Mexico has not forgotten you, has patiently waited, and has rejoiced with you.
Beautiful songs, many in Spanish, which we would also like to hear more often in concerts.
How much love, how much happiness in these three concerts ………. but now away, Russia is waiting for you !!!

Daniela 

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

GRANDE AMORE AL PRIMO ASCOLTO – A FAN TRIBUTE by Daniela

As you have already seen on the various pages of the fans, a beautiful new book has been published dedicated to IL VOLO.

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The title of the book is GRANDE AMORE AL PRIMO ASCOLTO. It is written by Patrizia Ciava, our good writer and dear friend, who has collected numerous testimonies from us fans all over the world. In fact, the book is a “fan tribute” of how each of us has become aware and has begun to follow IL VOLO.

For now, the version of the book is only in Italian, but it is not excluded that it can be translated into English.

The book is preceded by a beautiful preface by Marino Bartoletti.

Since it is not yet known, if and when the English version will be published, for the moment I will translate the presentation of the book of the publishing house (AltrEdizioni) and the preface by Bartoletti.

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Unique in its kind this book-tribute to the Il Volo group by its fans, on the occasion of their ten-year career. The book bears witness to the affection and admiration that people around the world have for Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, well highlighted by numerous testimonies collected in the second part. An exciting journey into the music and soul of every person.

In the first part of the book, the author guides us on the extraordinary journey of the three young artists, approaching a discussion on the repertoire and on the vocal and interpretative qualities that have made the trio an Italian excellence and a phenomenon almost unique in the international music scene, not only because of the diversity and heterogeneity of their admirers.

The book also collects, in the second part, unique and often moving stories, written by people of all ages and coming from different countries and continents, which tell the ability of the three very young artists to create with their voice a magic that enchants and that it even causes a beneficial form of addiction.

“Once again Il Volo proves to have understood that mutual respect, sharing and teamwork are the real driving force to achieve and maintain success. (…)
I therefore thought of collecting some testimonials to describe what appears to be a unique phenomenon of its kind, it does not seem to me, in fact, that in the international music scene a group of twenty-year-olds who in a few years succeed in achieving global success, winning at the same time people of different generations, nationality and culture.”

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THEY CALL ME UNCLE MARINO (Foreword by Marino Bartoletti) 

Yes, they call me Uncle Marino. But they know very well that my affection (and obviously my esteem) in their regard will never ignore sincerity and even – if it were useful – from knowing how to pull their ears if I saw that they “missed” something.

When, four years ago, a slanderer fed the media the news that they had “destroyed” a hotel in Switzerland, I went on TV and said: 

“The Gianluca, the Piero and the Ignazio I know, would never do and they could not have done such a thing. But if, in a moment of madness, which I cannot imagine, this happened, the first to slap them would be their parents. That they are their strength, their anchor and their wisdom.”

It is history that everything was invented: but it is also true that there are people, “enemies”, who even today, not knowing what to say to “criticize them”, revive that absurd story as if it were true. And they even avoid a correct verification of the truth.

From then on I told them that even this “trial” so sad was the symptom of a success that has no equal (and therefore, for a perverse logic, used in our country, has disgusting symmetries on the part of those who have no other arguments to attack them): but certainly their dismay was mine, and even their pain was mine. Because it would be easier to “defend” oneself from faults than one has, rather than from the sick imagination of those who would pretend to invent our sins.

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I have known Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio from the beginning of their … real flight. I know their families. I know Michele Torpedine. Yes, they are guys I really love: to the point that someone told me that, while I have always managed, in my work, to hide my sporting faiths, to them, sometimes I “line up” with a transport, even far from my usual offer. 

But how can you not be indignant when you see and read certain things (almost always the result of ignorance, envy, frustration, pure malice: at best a stink under the nose)? God gave us intelligence and conscience: I too, at the beginning of their career, was conceptually suspicious of a “cold fusion” that did not coincide perfectly with my canons as an educator. But then, to love them, it was enough to know them, follow them, appreciate their passion, their humility, their spirit of sacrifice, their sympathy, their desire to always get back in the game and improve: and of course their talent!

This year, in Sanremo, I was forced to witness disgusting scenes that were unbearably beyond the right / duty of criticism. Yet I saw them react once again with composure, education and a smile.

While I myself burst out, as on “Domenica In” when I said verbatim that on the part of the famous “Jury of honor” I had witnessed an authentic demonstration of “artistic racism”. Evidently being good and admired in the world is the biggest (strictly Italian) “guilt” there is.

But in the end, why make bad blood? Their smile must be our smile. Their “beauty” of boys and artists must be the only thing that matters. And then, as far as I’m concerned, there’s friendship. The joy of embracing them whenever I meet them inside and above all outside their professional contexts.

There are fairy tales that want to hear from me and listen like enchanted children. And there are messages that sometimes come to me, in the middle of the night: “Uncle Marino, I know that this time I really fell in love, what do I do?”

“Sleep, that tomorrow, pass.”

Come on kids, you know perfectly how much love, you move!

And this book is yet another proof. It’s another voice inside that is bringing you where the sun is born.

Marino Bartoletti

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It is really a beautiful reading, a splendid introduction by Bartoletti, excellent the first part with the chapters edited by Patrizia Ciava and then in the second part, all the stories of us fans, from all over the world, stories that unite us for this affection and respect we have for these three adorable young men, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero: IL VOLO.  ❤️

Daniela

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The book can now also be ordered on Amazon.
The cost of the book is 18.00 euros.
For those who will be in Verona, there is the possibility to buy it directly in Verona.

 

Credit to owners of all photos.

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…)

INTERVIEW WITH PIERO by Daniela

Piero was interviewed by SHOWINAIR, the events magazine.

Nice interview, Piero’s answers are beautiful ….. but we had no doubt !!

I translate the most interesting parts, the direct questions.

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Showinair Article – Click Here

Q = Your new single “A CHI MI DICE”, is a song with a bitter and nostalgic taste. Are you always around the world, but there are moments of bitterness and nostalgia in your life, when maybe the lights on the stage go out?

P = I state that this beautiful question, I had never been proposed, therefore, thanks. We are fortunate and have the privilege of traveling a lot, but never staying still means unfortunately giving up; distance, very often, takes us away, from a person we care about, or, even before, does not allow us to know this person, as we would like.

“A CHI MI DICE”, tells us this, the awareness, of not meeting that person anymore. I am not referring, only to the girls, but to all our loved ones, on the other hand, however, we live by our greatest passion, that is, music.

Q = Is the single from the album MUSICA, when music has become your traveling companion?

P = We were born in the midst of music, all three, we have a very similar past. My grandfather made me discover the art of musical notes.

After a concert, around the world, we continue to sing music, that’s all for us: it’s oxygen.

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Q = How would you define the art of notes?

P = A life without music would be meaningless. A film cannot exist without music.

We may not notice this, and yet, wherever we are, and in whatever phase of our life we find ourselves (whether it is full of light or darkness), music is always there.

Q = You are Sicilian, precisely from the province of Agrigento, what do you always carry with you, from your land?

P = It is a particular land, mine. Many boys of my age are forced to leave it, it’s nice to come back, but it’s very difficult to re-start.

When I leave it, it’s like taking a piece of me. Sicily is a land that teaches you to fight for what you want, it allows you to get used to it and adapt to everything. When I’m away from my land, a few words in Sicilian always come out of my mouth.

Q = Everything started with TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, with Antonella Clerici, what did you expect from that talent?

P = It was all by accident. I can say that our journey was really a fairy tale, like all those unexpected encounters that change your life forever.

TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, it was a nine-week experience that marked us a lot. We were noticed by Michele Torpedine who is our current manager, Tony Renis and Roberto Cenci.

The great fortune is that of being a group of three boys, who have developed a great friendship.

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Q = Now, to whom “would you leave a song” to say Thanks?

P = The first person, it would be my grandfather, because it was he, who when I was little, accompanied me to piano lessons: I have the same, identical voice, it was he who advised my father to insist on this path. As a blind person, he gets sad, because he can’t see me, but fortunately we can hear each other.

Q = In Sanremo, in 2015, you won with “Grande Amore”, but love to whom? What meaning do you attribute to this word?

P = It is a theme that occurs a lot in our melodies. In this profession, you can discover the positive and negative side of people and understand what is really needed.

I spend a lot of time on the phone with my brother and sister, because I love them unconditionally; a girl can leave you, but your family doesn’t, that’s a love that will never end.

In my opinion, in life we must not trust someone outside our loved ones, but we must be able to enjoy the moment of people who are really close to us.

Q = 10 years have passed since your debut, how were you?

P = We were completely different from what we are now. We were shy and insecure; today, getting on stage means emotion and to do emotion all those who are listening.

If before, we quarreled, the quarrels lasted two days, now, a few minutes. We are much more mature than before, we live and we throw ourselves headlong into what we do.

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Q = You have walked the most important stages in the world, but which one really gave you the chills and much emotion?

P = I could say New York. Before “Grande Amore” we did many concerts abroad; we were sorry not to share the songs with our Italy. After Sanremo, we started here too, and I must say that our country, gives us unique places in the world, which are not found anywhere else.

Q = What message do you want people to get from your music?

P = The same desire that we all three have, to make music, and not let die, this musical genre that was born in Italy, and that is always played in our country.

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Beautiful answers Piero, by now we know your character, but every time we learn something new and that we always like.

There are fixed points in your education, family, friendship, respect, very important and not obvious qualities, for an excellent artist like you.

Bravo Piero !!

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos.

IL VOLO FOR L’AQUILA “PERDONANZA CELESTINIANA” by Daniela

This year is also the tenth anniversary of another event, but very sad, that concerned Italy at that time – the Aquila earthquake – a series of seismic shocks that destroyed most of the villages of Abruzzo in the province of Aquila and claimed 309 victims.

We all know that Gianluca Ginoble is a native of Abruzzo, and we know his sensitivity to his homeland, which he loves so much. Several times I heard from Gianluca that he wanted to do something, really useful for this land.

I am sure that Gianluca will have pushed a lot for this event and, knowing the sensibility of Ignazio and Piero, surely he will not have done much to convince them.

The event was announced by TG ROSETO, with this article from which I translate the most important parts.

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TG Roseto Article – Click Here

On 26 August at 9.30 pm at the Teatro del Perdono, Piazzale di Collemaggio, the Music Show, stories and emotions entitled “Il Volo per L’Aquila” will be held, which will be accompanied by the Grand Symphony Orchestra of the Italian Conservatories, conducted by master Leonardo De Amicis.

The musical group of Il Volo, Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and have decided to pay homage to the city of L’Aquila on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake giving up their compensation, lending their voices and their talent for free with the will of leave something beautiful and real to the city.

Places on the Prato are free. The 1500 chairs are paid and everyone will pay, even the authorities. The proceeds of the tickets will be used to support boys who will be trained at the conservatory.

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(photo during the rehearsals of the concert)

Really a beautiful initiative, thanks to the great heart and the availability of Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, very commendable.

I liked a passage on the article, it was written that everyone, including personalities, will pay for the ticket (only 15 euros). Yes, because here, in the various concerts, often the celebrities or at least the personalities, enter without paying. Unseemly.

With the boys, on the stage, there will also be Alessandro Quarta.

Another thing that pleased me to read about the article, is that the orchestra conductor will be Leonardo De Amicis, the one who directed them in TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, remember?

Here they are, together in this photo.

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Gianluca, 10 years ago, sang for the L’Aquila earthquake, you remember a little child who was singing Gounod’s “AVE MARIA”,  also this year IL VOLO, will dedicate a particular song, during this event and it will be “AVE MARIA MATER MISERICORDIAE”.

Guys, there is no song more beautiful and suitable than this one. You will sing it with all your heart and we will listen to you with great affection.

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It rained in the afternoon, big clouds are still in the sky, and now the show begins.

And here’s to the TGR Abruzzo news, what they said about them. 

PR = Waiting in L’Aquila for the IL VOLO concert.

Full of appointments, the PERDONANCE program, many tourists in the city.

We connect live with L’Aquila, where the 725th edition of the PERDONANCE is going on, tonight there will be the IL VOLO concert, live for you with Gianluca Ginoble interviewed by Daniela Senepa.

DS = I’m here on the stage of Collemaggio, where there is rehelase of IL VOLO that is trying the AVE MARIA. Sorry everyone, we are the TGR of Abruzzo, turn to the camera, excuse yourself guys from the orchestra. IL VOLO, for  AQUILA, you are trying the Ave Maria, there is truly your embrace for this city, which is trying to re-rise.

P = We are very close to this city, also because 10 years ago, when the tragedy happened, we were at TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, the program where we met, we lived fully that moment, there was also the maestro De Amicis, maestro , come here beside us.

DS = Here behind me, on the other hand, there is an extraordinary violin, we listened to the tests and I assure you that my heart beats fast, then when it sings IL VOLO, accompanied by these orchestral boys is a very important moment, (she he turns to Ignazio), because it’s not just your art, but also what you dedicate it to, so it’s a very important moment.

I = Absolutely, we are honored to be here and to be able to sing for all the Aquilans, and above all for all the people who came here to give a symbol of solidarity, for what happened 10 years ago, all united together, music, art, and that’s what we do every day. We must say thank you, certainly to Leonardo De Amicis, who invited us, and we could not say no, but thanks also to Alessandro Quarta, he too, like us, came to help, to spend an evening in music, all together.

DS = Gianluca, I’ll call you by name, because you were born here, you’re from Abruzzo, born in Roseto. Teramo has suffered a lot from the earthquakes of central Italy, I know that for you, it is a strong emotion, every time.

G = Yes, I’m not from L’Aquila, but I feel a little for Aquila, because 10 years ago, immediately after the earthquake, in the following months, they moved many Aquilans to the coast, so many were boys of my age, I made friends with them, but then, I never saw them again. Maybe tonight they will be here and we will sing for them and for all the inhabitants of the Aquila who are here to spend moments of joy and happiness.

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Is evening, the tickets are all sold out, people arrive with great traffic difficulties and parking.

But then it all begins, and “it is music, the real one that remains.” 

“IL MONDO”

“MUSICA CHE RESTA”

“GRANDE AMORE”

At the beginning this next video, the master De Amicis, says that he has known the boys since they were really small, and he finds them again, after 10 years, grown up, sensitive and immensely artistically, a gift to the Aquila and to all the people.

Then he calls the mayor, to offer the boys a little recognition.

The mayor says that they have seen so many concerts in L’Aquila, but they have rarely seen so many people, so much emotion, for such an event, which has joyfully paralyzed Aquila. “You have given us indescribable emotions, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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(in the photo the boys with the maestro De Amicis and the mayor of L’Aquila)

Here is another short video by a fan:

“MUSICA CHE RESTA”

“A CHI MI DICE”

In this photo, during their stay in L’Aquila, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero also had time to visit a summer camp for small children.

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But still, a series of beautiful shots of the event.

Guys, I have no more words and I want to conclude with these shared by Gianluca. Mr. Ercole Ginoble shared it with the maestro De Amicis.

Daniela

 

“Abruzzo is a wonderful land for many reasons. The biggest reason is the emotion that provokes seeing a city wounded in the depths, like L’Aquila, react to one of the most disconcerting tragedies that nature can unleash with such great strength! At 10 years from that earthquake, seeing 20 thousand people warm a square there made you more proud to be there last night! ” ❤️

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.