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MOSCOW : SECOND BRAVO AWARDS by Daniela

On March 19, IL VOLO was a guest at the famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, for the SECOND BRAVO AWARDS ceremony.

For those who could not follow the whole event, let’s recap everything from the beginning.

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Monday 18 March, departure for Moscow.

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In this video, the usual Ignazio joker on the plane says he wanted to try to read the safety instructions of the plane, but says it’s a little complicated (they are written in Cyrillic) !!!!

And then he says, “We’re in Moscow.”

Here they are on arrival, with some fans.

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In this video Piero says:

“I just arrived in my room and Barbara gave me the wonderful news that in half an hour we have the official tests for tomorrow, so we have to run to the theater.”

This photo was posted by Piero, and shows the theater in its beauty.

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The tests.

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And here we are on the big day, the boys are simply beautiful !!

 

 

I would say that guys take our breath away because they are elegant and beautiful. They wear Armani, and they wear it just fine !!

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And here we are at the time of the event ….. the curtain rises, IL VOLO sings “Libiam de’ lieti calici” from Traviata.

 

Too short, all over, good as always.

What is surprising is that these guys go from a pop program to a classic program with such a disarming ease.

But let’s enjoy some more shots.

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Reposted from @bravopremia – Yesterday, the Second BraVo Awards ceremony took place on the Bolshoi Theatre stage. We are pleased to share with you some photos from the red carpet, which brought together the best artists: opera and ballet stars, world movie stars, guests and participants of the ceremony. 

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Here they are with Alessandro Safina, an Italian crossover singer.

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Like all good things, end soon, and they are already there when they return.

Piero says: “We are in Rome.”

Ok guys, go on like this, fascinate everyone with your skill and your charisma.

You have added dates to your tour that becomes, always longer, you will also be in Russia and Hungary ……. but here, everyone is waiting for the dates for the Canada and USA tour !!!!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

 

REVIEW OF MUSICA CD by MYRON HEATON

I was one of the very first writers to write columns for the Flight Crew and I always enjoyed doing it and I always was proud of the fact that many you would write comments and some would email me when they wanted to.  The last time I wrote an article of any length was for the wonderful “Notte Magica” program – both the PBS presentation and the CD. Since then I was always waiting for a new album and/or a new PBS show.  Well the Latin American songs were MP3 and digital download. I do CD’s (as old fashioned as that is) but I did listen to the songs they recorded in Miami with Emilio Estefan. I did not write an article then because I was told there would be a CD eventually.  Well, so far ? ? ? I really ended up worried about the challenges that the boys were putting their voices through. The songs were each very similar to the next but I did like some of those songs. My problem was the stress and extreme tight throat they were developing in the recording process.

Now we skip ahead to right now.  Good news. In the process of preparing for this new album they must have gone back to working with their vocal coaches (always the foundation to the incredible sound these guys produce).  I sent an email to Barbara Vitali this afternoon and asked about vocal coaches and hope to get an answer soon. Bottom line is that each guy has progressed in spite of the extremes of some of those previous songs.  The other factor is that I really do like the songs on this album. Good for them!

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Gianluca:  In some of these songs the approach to vowels starts out a little closed and tight in the throat.  But as he warms up the throat gets more and more free and the size and sound of the vowels is bigger and more rich than ever. As I have said many times in other reviews, this is the finest baritone working the professional music world today and he sings Latin, Broadway, light rock, pop ballads, Italian romantic songs, opera and classical recital songs.  He can do it all and do it all superbly!!

Piero:  a little bit of the same problem that I think is left over from singing a whole different style of music.  But, as with Gianluca, he loosens up and gets rid of the old (sometimes) tight sound and lets it fly free and big.  This is an instrument that always was a big instrument and now is bigger.

Ignazio:  Listen to him float and soar up and around those high notes.  Greatest Lyric tenor working today. I have said that many times before also.  There is a way that he and Gianluca can “caress” and “romance” a beautiful phrase of love until the listener falls to the ground in a rush of emotion.

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Do you ever listen to these guys and find yourself getting chills up and down your back?   Do you ever find yourself having a hard time breathing when they handle the word “subtle” in their singing.   Too many young singers cannot sing soft without ending up with a dead sound and they cannot sing loud without screeching their brains out.  When our boys sing soft it is with absolute control and beauty – the kind that does send chills out. And they do not just sing with a mindless LOUD.  They produce a gorgeous large sound that fills the room without being harsh or formless. That kind of sound can make your heart skip a beat.

So here is where all that vocal work really pays off.

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The songs on this CD are:

Musica Che Resta  by Gianna Nannini &  Emilio Munda & Antonello Carozza

I think all of the Il Volo fans know by now this song was featured for the 2019 Sanremo Festival.  I was asked to address the controversy comparing “Musica Che Resta” to “Grande Amore” composed by Francesco Boccia.  First of all they are two different songs composed by two different composers. The “fuss” is silly and a waste of time.  These are two different songs and each has a special energy and works well for Il Volo. Having listened to “Grande Amore” many times and “Musica che resta” a good number of times I can see where some people would find similarity in the way the piano/softer opening sections layered over fast tempo rhythmic sections would have a “sameness” to them.  But they don’t really. Another place where you might find similarity is in the form of the two songs.

This is one place where there is a resemblance but, once again, it is of no importance.

Vicinissimomore to come later.

Arrivederci Roma  by Renato Rascel & Pietro Garinei & Sandro Giovanni

A good number of the “crooners” of the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s sang this at one time or another.  It was used in the movie “Seven Hills of Rome” and it was a hit for Dean Martin and also Mario Lanza,  Well you can see the attraction going from Dean to Gianluca and from Mario to Piero.

Gianluca starts out a little tight in the throat but gets more loose as he moves ahead.   Piero starts the same – restricted throat but changes as he moves to the next phrase and he is showing off a much more open vowel sound concept.  I am anxious to see him in person soon and what how he uses his jaw. Ignazio really makes this song very romantic in the way he works the musical phrase.

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A chi mi dice (English=“those who tell me”)  by  Lars Halvor Jensen & Martin Larsson musicians of Danish background but now live in United Kingdom.  This song was featured by their own band.

Fino a quando fa bene  –

People (from musical “Funny Girl”)  by Julie Styne & Bob Merrill.  Funny Girl was a huge Broadway hit back in the mid-1960’s and made Barbara Streisand a star.  Then Columbia Pictures made a truly great film of the musical and Streisand, once again, starred.  At Oscar time, she ended up in the only tie ever in Best actress with Katharine Hepburn. All you loyal Il Volo fans should know that the boys have always loved her and, better yet, sang with her on her 2012 tour.  Great experience for them. They learned a lot from her. This song is her theme song and it works very well for the guys. Each guy is doing his best work on this song. Makes sense since they are loyal to her. Rumor has it she may join them for the PBS program – hope so.

La nave del olvido  by Dino Ramos and Armando Manzanero

This song was a big hit for the famous Mexican singer Jose Jose.  Remember IL VOLO singing for him at an awards program because he has lost his voice forever. They sang “El Triste” at that time.

Lontano dagli occhi  by Sergio Endrigo and Sergio Bardotti

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Be My Love  by Sammy Cahn & Nicholas Brodzsky

Those of us of a certain age (now wait a minute, I did not say the word “old” ) – anyway for those people of that age we all remember what a strong impression was made on us when Mario Lanza sang this song in the movies.  Check out the video of “That’s Entertainment” from MGM which is a fantastic collection of many scenes from MGM musicals from the 1930’s to the 1960’s He is very much part of the late 40’s and the 50’s. He was way too young when he died.

Here is another song that I bet Piero loves.  I would be interested in finding out in which order these songs were recorded.  Certain songs show that the boys have a rather tight throat take a verse or so to get loosened up to a more free sound

When you read my reviews of the past years you will see that the control of their instruments (voice) was always one thing that amazed me for their age and their more pop interests. One note about Sammy Cahn.  He is a composer that wrote a lot of Frank Sinatra’s best songs.

La voce del silenzio  by Paolo Limiti and Elio Isola

This song was a hit in 1968 from different singers first in Italian and then in English under the title “ Silent Voices” sung by Dionne Warwick

Meravigliosa creatura  by Gianna Nannini & Mara Redeghieri

A few more thoughts:

I have been reading that our boys have been getting negative comments for the style of music they do.  They seem to get more support here in the USA than they do in Europe (although that is getting better).  My thought is that we who stick by the boys no matter what kind of music they do because they are the best and because they show their love in every note – we must always make sure that loyalty gets to them and gets known by them.

I have a feeling that upcoming programs will be just wonderful.

Myron Heaton

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Grande Amore – the wait is over! ~~ By Jana (2015 Archives…)

(Ciao a tutti! – Just about 4 years ago (February 20, 2015), I wrote this poem after receiving the Sanremo version of Grande Amore.  It is clear I was very excited – to say the least.  At the time, this post got 81 comments and something like over 500 views on the site.  Marie also chose it to go into the book we gave the guys, way back when, and I felt very honored.  I thought I’d post it again, just for fun.  I did write a new poem for the new Musica album, that I got yesterday, which is awesome – the album by the way.  However, I don’t think I could top this poem.  🙂  But I will post it as well in a few days. – Enjoy, again!)

 


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We knew it was coming, but when would that be?

We waited, and waited, then shouted with glee!

It was coming soon, but not til after Sanremo;

How long could I last, without a new song from Il Volo?

 

We then heard the news, it was on Amazon.IT!

There I went with my visa, to order it quickly!

I wanted it now, so express shipping I paid;

Hoping and praying, it would not be delayed!

 

Three weeks and counting, how much more can I bear?

I kept watch on my email, when would it be there?

The contest had started and Il Volo appeared;

Singing their hearts out, while everyone cheered!

 

But on Friday the 13th, not bad luck for me,

I read in my mail; the CD would be early!

I jumped up and down, how lucky am I?

I’ll have it soon in my hands; I could just cry.

 

The day finally came, it was arriving today;

I waited and paced, for the delivery all day.

I tracked it online, it came straight from Milan.

On to Bergamo and Brussells, then finally MY town!

 

I raced home to get it, but it was not there?

DHL had not come yet – how much more could I bear?

I went to the store, to pick up my dinner.

They had til 8pm, then there was a knock at my door!

 

It was here, finally, at last, it was here!

I’m sorry, but I could not wait to open it, I fear.

I quickly took pictures and then opened it with care;

Staring lovingly at my hand, so wishing they were there!

 

I listened and listened, and listened again.

Over and over I played it, I did not want it to end.

But bedtime was coming, I so needed my sleep,

I can listen again tomorrow, for I know it will keep.

 

Il Volo is love, Grand Amore, to be exact!

The heck with all the critics, they are just hacks!

So listen with joy, Il Volovers everywhere;

And know that we give them our tender loving care!

~Jana

 

 

SLOVENIA-CROATIA Concerts and SANREMO by Daniela

The last concerts in Slovenia and Croatia are finished too.

IL VOLO has been very applauded.

Everywhere they have been admired for bravura, modesty and kindness.

But let’s go in order:

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And this is the tweet of the U.S. Ambassador in Zagreb.

But now, let’s move on to the last great news:

IL VOLO will be back in the race at SANREMO !!!!!

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Here is the moment of public news on television.

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And this is the moment when the boys, at the end of the concert in Croatia, have become aware of their presence in Sanremo.

P = Hello everyone, we just finished a concert and we wanted to give you great news.

I = We have just learned that we too will be in Sanremo this year.

G = It will be the best way to celebrate our 10 years of career, returning to sing just in Sanremo, in the stage that saw us born.

P = Hello Claudio, see you in Sanremo.

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You got it, right??

Il Volo will be back in Sanremo, but not as guests, as COMPETITORS, they will do the whole race, will suffer criticism, the votes from home and jurors, in short, a real race like almost 4 years ago.

My God, what have these 3 guys thought about doing?

If the result is not positive, they will be very criticized …. but they are already very used to this thing.

We have to say that they deserve all our esteem, just because they will redo the whole race. They could avoid, because they are already famous, and certainly it is much more comfortable being in cotton ……. but NO, they love the risk and we, volovers of the whole world, we must give them all our support.

They will be hard days, exciting, tense, but if they succeed in repeating the success, they would open the streets again for Eurovision.

If you are worried, because participating in Sanremo would mean that they will not make the US tour, my opinion is that you can rest assured, Sanremo will be from 5 to 9 February and Torpedine said the tour will start at Radio City Music Hall in March. I do not think the program will change.

Their song will surely be a pop-opera song, the title MUSICA CHE RESTA means “A music that remains” that you will not forget!

And we hope it’s really like that, I wish them with all my heart.

Good luck, guys, you deserve all the possible success!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

FIRST PART OF THE EASTERN EUROPE TOUR by Daniela

And here we are at the first of the concerts of Eastern Europe, in Poland.

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Here is Ignazio during the rehearsals of the concert.

Look how many people !!

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Start the concert, the guys are very elegant!

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Here, the usual joking of Ignazio, in the background, imitates Gianluca who is singing Aranjuez ….. terrible Igna!

Second part of the concert, let’s get rid of the jackets!!

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And here is a beautiful summary by Prestige who organized the event.

I would say that the boys are very satisfied.

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These are gifts made by Polish fans.

I translate what the fans wrote:

“These are the gifts that the guys have appreciated the most! Ignazio was delighted with most of them, Gianluca of the ravioli, and Piero of the nightingales. Boys in general very happy and happy. They appreciated our efforts and thank you very much for the gifts and the action 🙂 Gianluca called us birds that always come back and their happy fantastic thank you 🙂 we are proud of you and thank you !!!! “

The gift to which the fans refer is a beautiful action that they organized during the song IL MONDO, everyone had to raise some colored papers that they found on their seats, at the end they composed the colors of the Italian flag.

Really good Polish fans and really cute three puppets.

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Perfect guys, immediately to rest and then off, destination HUNGARY.

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Someone … has already arrived in Budapest and is waiting!!

Ignazio warns: “Budapest, we are coming!”

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Couple gathered.

The boys around the streets of Budapest met a street violinist.

 

The concert begins.

These photos were posted by Ercole Ginoble.

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This picture was posted by Valentina during the concert, the dedication says: “Always with you, proud of you.” 

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In reality there was a small problem, but how was it dealt with? Always united, our good guys, “One for all, all for one”, I’m very proud of them, but now I’ll explain, better:

Everything happened during the execution of Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae, as you can clearly see from this video.

At the beginning of the video you notice that Piero touches the bow tie, as if it were annoyed, maybe it has a discomfort in the throat, then just before starting his verses, he turns to the director and mentions a cough … begins his verses, but at the end of the first, he turns and looks towards Ignazio who immediately understands and continues singing, Piero’s sentence, all this under Gianluca’s tense gaze.

And in fact, during today’s trials in Bratislava, Ignazio wrote this post.

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@ignazioboschetto
It is difficult to imagine how many difficulties there are behind a tour or concert.
The day is and the day is not.
But despite everything, always united!
@barone_piero @ gianginoble11  

Apart from this small problem of annoyance, perhaps passed unnoticed, I would say that the audience was fantastic, very warm and the guys were very happy, so let’s enjoy some videos of the songs.

 

 

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And run to Bratislava for the third concert.

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Il Volo – 11 december 2018 – Bratislava 

The vivacity of Ignazio is well known to all, impossible to hold it in the presence of instruments. Here it is during the rehearsals before the concert. Too strong!

 

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What to say, it seems to me that these three concerts have gone very well, in particular I liked the harmony that exists between Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca and that once again has been reconfirmed.

Congratulations on this first part of the Eastern Europe tour!

Time to go home and then, get ready, fast, Lebanon is waiting for you.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

CONCERT IN THE DUOMO OF MILAN by Daniela

As usual, no news was leaked on this event.

A pleasant surprise, which not everyone could access, a private event in the beautiful DUOMO in Milan.

As usual, let’s go in order.

Some clues had been given by our guys, in fact in the early morning Gianluca had published this photo:

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We all thought that Gianluca was in Milan for purchases, seeing Christmas just around the corner.

Then Piero has posted this picture where he shows his departure …. where? He had recently returned to Bologna.

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Finally, does Piero resume the arrival of Ignazio at the entrance to their hotel?

P = But what a beautiful child we have below … (Ignazio makes a gesture towards Piero) …. thanks Ignazio, very kind!

But what would our boys want to tell us?

Why were all three in Milan?

Towards evening there is another clue …

Ignazio and Piero are in the car, there is also Valentina. Elegant clothes, where are they going? Valentina tries to unveil but is stopped by Piero.

P = This evening we go to the streets with the escort ….. Love, where are we going?

V = We are going …

P = ….. and who knows !!

<laughs>

Begin to filter the first gossip, IL VOLO will perform in the beautiful DUOMO in Milan.

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But why all this secret?

Milan, damn a few steps from my house, I could go and see them !!

Everything is explained by this short video.

On stage, Ennio Doris, owner of the most famous Milanese bank, the MEDIOLANUM Bank.

After making Christmas wishes to all those present, (shareholders, supporters, customers, friends), Mr. Doris announces that he has adopted one of the spires of the DUOMO in Milan, and his bank will pay for the restoration of the spire. Then he introduces the guys from IL VOLO who will start the concert offered by the bank, for all his guests.

Here are his text words:

“I do not want to say anything else and I leave you in the company of this great orchestra and with this concert of these three great young Italian artists, who are our pride, in Italy and around the world. When I hear them sing, I am proud to be Italian like them, so I leave you to this evening and take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas”.

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And here are some short videos and shots of the evening.

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Ennio Doris does not hold back, bewitched by the trills of the three young men of the bel canto of Il VOLO and launches to embrace them at the end of their talented concert, offered by Banca Mediolanum for Christmas greetings in the Duomo of Milan.

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And here is a beautiful article of the event, which I translate for you.

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/cronache/volo-canta-sorpresa-duomo-1608740.html?mobile_detect=false&fbclid=IwAR3hv2BZBLJh-iIS4OqkQwl4hoKSrHJAzbDFx5sgN

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The master is Matteo Parmeggiani, the orchestra La Filarmonia Veneta, and the lineup has the most beautiful pieces of the classical repertoire, Christmas declension. It starts with Nessun dorma da Turandot, and the first applause is even timid. Then O Holy Night, then Maria from West Side Story, the tension melts and the participation of the thousand special guests is released – the Duomo is neatly full – then Smile, Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae, Panis Angelicus, and My Way … The ban on photographing and filming videos is kindly pointed out on the invitation. So much so. As the notes of the three of IL VOLO rise, the mobile phones are raised. Selfie and secular prayers.

The cathedral closed as always at 18.30. Then an hour of environmental reclamation for safety. And so for the private concert of Mediolanum the trio has tried for an hour, no more. Just how long the evening lasts. There is Astro del Ciel, O Sole mio, naturally Grande Amore that conquered the Ariston, year of grace 2015, and closes – in a climate of standing ovation – with Adeste Fideles. Even Milan, sometimes, is able to be moved.

They say that the three (former) boys, contacted by Mediolanum, have not discussed the cachet in the slightest, so much they wanted to sing in here, at least once.

And anyway, a concert like this – offered by a bank – is priceless.

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And finally, a comment by our friend Valeria Bosch:

“Of course, listening to Ennio Doris, president of Banca Mediolanum to praise our boys, was a true balm on the heart, an immense joy, for all of us who follow them, but first of all for them, our young friends who deserve all these praises and even more!

While I watched them sing, in those few videos that have arrived, I thought that rarely a concert can offer an image of such perfection: a church of unique beauty in the world, a great orchestra, three beautiful and elegant young people, a music immortal, three sublime voices … what more could you wish for?

This is the true image of Il Volo, the image of which I fell in love, from the now distant December 21, 2014, when I saw them for the first time perform in the Senate. An image where the beauty of the place and the exceptional skill, the incomparable power of great music and the deep emotion of three angelic voices are closely intertwined. Thanks guys, thank you because you are certainly a great pride for us!”

How wonderful, a concert of IL VOLO in the Duomo of Milan, an event to which we all wanted to be invited.

To hear the magnificent voices of Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca singing these beautiful melodies, performing them in an impeccable way, in a place like this ….. incredible emotions.

Thank you guys!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

KAZAKISTAN-MILANO-ROMA by Daniela

As you all have already read IL VOLO has had different commitments …… but where will they find their strength?? I will summarize in order.

Last week they flew to Kazakhstan for a private engagement of which we know nothing, the only clue a picture with the singer Vlad Sytnik.

Then they returned to Italy for another private event in Milan, the presentation of the new Patek Phillipe watch collection.

 

 

 

So the guys rush to Rome.

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They are ready for a performance at the Palalottomatica in Rome, for the private event Dream Night, organized by Jeunesse for its members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This next video, in my opinion, represents a great point of pride.

This event was a surprise for Jeunesse affiliates, who are not explicitly fans of IL VOLO. It was also an international gathering, so people came from various parts of the world.

At the end of the exhibition there was a standing ovation, absolutely spontaneous, surely people have recognized the guys’ great talent and professionalism.

As always our boys have gone out of their way, running from one place to the other for their commitments.

As always, despite the times are always tight, they were excellent.

Congratulations to PIERO, IGNAZIO and GIANLUCA !!!