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Michigan Honors Il Volo’s 10th Anniversary Feb 13, 2020

Even before the guys announced their ten-year tour celebration, Sharon Bear, Detroit IlVololover and fellow Flight Crew member, wanted to do something special to commemorate this momentous occasion. It had to be special, not just your everyday, average, congratulatory “key to the city” presentation, but something really big! This was Il Volo and she’d been following them from the very beginning when they landed in Detroit just over ten years ago. She was even in the audience for their inaugural DVD, Il Volo Takes Flight, taped from the Detroit Opera House and received Piero as he sang O Sole Mio to her in the audience. Yes, what could she do, what could she do? She thought.

The wheels in her head started to spin and she came up with a plan. But first it was time to contact Il Volo management. Through a good Il Volo friend connection, she was able to obtain Il Volo producer, Michele Torpedine’s email, and she contacted him. Shortly afterward, at the end of January, they arrived in North America to entertain us with their first few concerts, beginning in Canada. Michele forwarded Sharon’s email to Barbara Vitali, the guys’ personal and road manager. Barbara contacted Sharon. At first, Barbara was not too sure what Sharon was talking about and felt this was just another ploy of fans trying to get Il Volo’s attention. But when Sharon explained, in detail, how she had already put out feelers to the mayor and the governor, it really got Barbara’s attention. She listened carefully to the plan and was quickly on board. Barbara and Sharon stayed in close contact for the next few weeks, emailing and texting all of the details, both major and minor. In addition to keeping in constant contact with Barbara, Sharon worked tirelessly getting final commitments from the media and public offices, by making phone calls, late night texts, organizing press releases, writing biographical data, setting up remote Interviews, going through chains of command in sending emails, and even old-fashioned snail mail.

Since Il Volo was launched in Detroit at the Fox Theater and Detroit Opera House, Sharon decided to contact the Detroit mayor’s office. Well, why not? She called Mayor Duggan’s office and with a bit of negotiation and coordination, was able to get some agreement to honor the guys with appropriate fanfare. However, as he was going to be out of town, who could do the presentation? Sharon and his office manager discussed a number of people and finally assigned this important task to a communications director in the office, who just happened to also be Italian. Then began the decisions of what to say and how to present it – a letter or a certificate? Both were cookie-cutter formats with only names to be filled in. Nope. Not good enough for the Il Volo guys. A new format had to be designed – personal, informative and exclusively for Il Volo. More work, but finally all were in agreement. Ok, one hurdle down, on to the next. Who else should she call?

Sharon then called the governor’s office of the State of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Again, she was able to get through to the governor’s office and relay her project, which was also met with cooperation. However, much time was required to process this request as Sharon insisted on a new, personalized certificate, which was specifically worded for Il Volo’s 10th som folderanniversary. This endeavor consumed a couple of weeks of her time, ending with the governor’s office promising to overnight the document to Sharon’s home to arrive the day before the concert. Ok, who’s next on the list?

She called the Italian consulate, of course! Maria Manca is very proud of Il Volo and was looking forward to attending the concert.

Sharon had the three areas of government covered, now what else? The media, of course! She contacted the Detroit News, as well as TV channels, 2, 4, and 7, along with a local news radio station, WJR (with wide signal coverage to several states). Then Mike Hodges, of the Detroit News, was assigned the task of writing this beautiful article https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/02/12/detroit-il-volo-fox-theatre-opera/4728557002/ celebrating Il Volo and the event which would happen before the concert. The entire event would include the mayor’s office presenting Il Volo with beautiful certificates of congratulations for their 10th Anniversary, as well as their ground-breaking roots stemming from Detroit. Also, the Italian consulate would offer comments and the governor’s commendation presented. 

Our Detroit concert date, of Feb 13, was fast-approaching and the excitement of this whole event actually coming together was a bit mind-boggling. Even though this was what Sharon was used to doing in her past career, this was still a very complicated endeavor to take on.

As the Detroit Il Volo Gals celebrated Gianluca’s 25th birthday (Feb 11) at a local restaurant on Feb 8, Sharon could not contain this surprise any longer, and told us of her plans! This media project, was to take place after the soundcheck, at approximately 6p – 6:30p, with the concert beginning at 7:30p, at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. We sat there surprised and stunned at the news. We were also very happy for her and wished we could be flies on the wall, but alas, this was pretty exclusive, so we would not be able to attend the ceremony backstage.

The night of the concert finally arrived. The plans and logistics had changed a bit and it was decided that Il Volo would be presented with this honor during the concert, before their last few songs. A local

spokesperson presented Il Volo with personally signed letters from the mayor’s office, from the City of Detroit, making them honorary citizens, along with pins, and congratulating them on their 10 years of success. They also certreceived certificates of appreciation from the governor’s office. The Italian Consul was in the audience and her praise of them was expressed. Il Volo was informed that this was going to happen, but they did not know to what extent. The guys were very gracious and

surprised at this honor from the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan. Ignazio was pleased to be an honorary citizen of Detroit, as he is looking at the pin below.

igna pin
Igna looking at the pin

After the presentation, they quickly went on to sing the aria from La Traviata and the remainder of the concert.

For those of us that were able to get home a little early after the concert, it was “news at 11”, or in actuality, more like 11:30p for Il Volo! Sharon was also able to arrange for channel 7 to do a short segment on the guys and the evening’s concert. It was just over a minute, but it was still a thrill to see them honored on our local TV news channel – an ABC affiliate – in the evening, and again on the morning news. There is a snippet of the segment here:  

Although things had not gone quite according to plan, Sharon was still pleased for the guys in receiving this grand recognition for their 10 years of hard work and success in their home country of Italy (and the rest of Europe), as well as the United States, Mexico, Canada, South America, Australia, Asia, and Russia! They are truly loved, the world over, on all six continents! Well, who knows, maybe there are some happy penguins in Antarctica, waddling along to Grande Amore!?

 

Jana

 

(facts sourced via Sharon Bear, photo credits are mine)

3rd Who’s Going Where and other questions…

Hi – I’ve been getting loads of questions on the soundcheck and meet/greet, etc. from some newbies!  🙂  Here is a quick rundown of answers…..

Sound Checks DEFINITELY sign up for these, even if you have meet/greet.  If you are computer savvy, it’s fairly easy.  If not, you may have a few issues.  Sign up for the digital membership.  It comes to just over $18, or so.  You need to go to:  www.ilvolomusic.com and click on the “shop.”  Purchase the membership. That is the easy part!  You will get 2 emails.  One is your confirmation receipt and the other contains your activation code (read this email very carefully, and be sure to click “here” where it says)If you don’t get both emails, check your spam account.  This happened to one of our group.  This can be tricky – you will need to answer questions and put in your info and code, etc.  Sometimes this other window pops up and you can’t enter your code.  Play around with it a bit…  after you are activated, you will see you can get into the fan site and see the “facebook like” conversations.  This is where they will post the upcoming soundchecks.  They only post about 2 or 3 days ahead of the concert.  When you see your city is posted, click on the link to register.  More questions, etc.  When you are done, it will say “print registration.”  Click this button, even if you are doing this on your phone.  It will bring up the picture confirmation of your sound check.  Do a screenshot and save to your phone, or print out and take with you.  You are done!  Then, you wait until the day of the concert until they post the time/place to meet for the soundcheck.  They did not post Detroit til narly 1p!  However, I called the box office on another matter about 11a and asked if they knew when the sound check was, and they did!  🙂 

During soundcheck, was pretty cool for Detroit (more details later), but there were maybe 30 of us?  And they did come down and greet everyone and were allowing hugs.  Many people, including myself, gave them items during this time.  Again, they also stressed no photos during soundcheck.  OMG VIP also hosts the soundcheck, John, our favorite photographer, will take a group photo at the end.

For meet/greets:  Gotten a few questions on gifts, timing, etc.  Guys always appreciate gifts, but would suggest keeping it small, or tokens.  Remember, they have to fly back on a plane and we’ve been told, by them, that although they appreciate everything, many things are donated to charity, etc.  Also, if the future meet/greets are anything like Detroit, we only had about 15 seconds, I think!  They did not say no hugs, but it was basically go up there say 2 or 3 words to each of them, smile, snap, and you are on your way.  A very nice, but expensive photo!!  (but more about that later!)

For getting your VIP info, each venue is a bit different, but basically after you clear security (nightmare at Fox) you are allowed to find the VIP OMG table and you can check in.  They just need ID and you get your lariat with pass and likely a wristband and a bag with a few goodies in it.

OK, on to Who’s….. hope I did not miss anyone, this will take us to the end of Feb!  Also, for anyone attending the Indio concert, Kay Roseff has offered accommodations in her home for up to about 3 or so persons.  Please let me know if you are interested and I will put you in touch with each other.  🙂 

Vegas pre-show gathering to eat:  Please be sure to send a note to the IlVoloTour2019@mail.com so Jeannette can add you to her list. She checks it every so often and has been sending out “blind copy” to those in attendance.  But, remember, she is attending a few concerts as well, so give her enough time for her to respond to you.  🙂

Chicago – Feb 15
Jeannette Giglio
Maija Zaeska
maria danille/figiel-krueger
Susan Tafanelli
Annette Simonini and daughter

Atlanta – Feb 17
Norine Korvink
Sara Hunter
Lucy Buzzee
Diane Fusco
Irene Edwards
Susan Johnson
Christine Wolff
ALL IL VOLO FANS ATTENDING THE FEBRUARY 17TH ATLANTA CONCERT

Join us at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1601 Cumberland Mall SE, Marietta, GA 30039, to meet and share IL Volo stories. Those attending the concert with you are invited as well. The more the merrier!
Reservation is made under the name of Il Volo Fan Dinner from 4-6pm
The Cobb Energy Center Box Office opens at 3pm, concert at 8pm (usually doors for seating opens 1 hour prior)
Maggiano’s is approximately a 10 minute drive to the venue.

Please let us know by February 7th if you would like to join us by saying “YES” below in comments with the number of attendees.

Can’t wait to meet you all! Debbie Sanders Folds and Christine Wolff on Facebook

Orlando – Feb 20
Joan Brenin

Sunrise/Ft. Lauderdale – Feb 22
Marie Crider
Joan Brenin
Marion Ferrari and friends
Kay Jones
Joanne Mekeel
Beverley Foster

Tampa – Feb 24
Rose Marie Paliobeis
Joan Brenin
Annette Simonini and family
Allene Shipman
Vicki Marsee and granddaughter
Lia Marsee

Dallas – Feb 27
Jackie Lewandowski and sister
Judy Fierro
Karen McClure

Gina Hanna

That’s all for now, folks!   If there is anyone else going to these cities, let me know and I can try to update the post, or you can just comment on here.

 

Jana

 

LAST CALL for Gianluca Birthday Wishes and a few other details!

Ciao a tutti!!

Reminder for last call for Gianluca birthday wishes!! Please either comment on these posts or send to the gmail address as many of you have already! 🙂

I’ve been getting numerous questions on the soundchecks for the various cities. I’m really sorry, but I cannot answer most of your questions.

I have been locked out due to some technical issues that they are supposed to be fixing, but until then, I cannot get in. I have also not received any emails myself about any of the soundchecks.

For those of you who have been to the soundchecks, can you post here on how to go about it? What you did and how it went? I’ve read from a few of you that it was very nice. I also know you are requested not to take pictures. Please respect that.

It’s also been communicated that the guys/management made a request to limit the closeness we have with the guys at the meet and greets. I.e. hugs and kisses. Please also be mindful of that if you feel you have the sniffles and have some hand sanitizer on hand, just in case.

I will get the next 3 or more who’s going where to publish tomorrow.

We got a nice review from John in CT, which we will publish shortly. Looking forward to hearing from more of you. Can be long or short, up to you! 🙂 I have received a few already from some of you…

I’ve also gotten questions on the dinner before the concert in Vegas. Please email Jeannette at ilvolotour2019@mail.com. Yes, that is MAIL, not gmail.

I’m sorry this is not pretty, but am doing this from my phone. Kitty in lap. Lol

Ciao for now! Hope everyone is enjoying the concerts.

Jana

Continue reading LAST CALL for Gianluca Birthday Wishes and a few other details!

UPDATED!! The First “Who’s Going Where!?” and a few other details…

Ok folks!   Thanks for responding with more concerts!  I will update for Boston & NY.   Here is the info for the first 3 US concerts:

MASHANTUCKET, CT – FEB 1
Joanne Wolff

John from CT

 

BOSTON, MA – FEB 3
Julie Bernache
Anne Marie Prior and cousin
Roxanne Pappas

John from CT

Mary Minton

 

NEW YORK – FEB 6
Leslie Kinn
Rose Marie Paliobeis

Elisa Marie

The McDougall’s from Australia!

Jackie DeFelice

Margaret Ladolcetta and son

Kara – no last name?

Antonia Guzzo Owens

 

Keep the responses coming – I’ve gotten several from the new gmail account address – this is fine also.  🙂

Several have asked about Vegas.  There is no “official” Fan Faire this time, although Jeannette Giglio has arranged and reserved dinner for a group of about 50 at the Palms restaurant, The Lucky Penny for dinner before the concert.  They will allow seating, starting at 3:30p.  I believe concert is at 8p.  If you are interested in attending, please email Jeannette at: IlVolotour2019@mail.com, so she can keep track of the number for the reservation.  Myron is also coordinating, with Jeannette.  🙂

And speaking of Vegas…. I will be travelling from MI alone, to Vegas.  I will arrive Fri night and going home on the red eye on Monday. 🙁  I have booked Fri/Sat at the Jockey Suites, which is next to the Bellagio, right on the strip, and Sunday at the Palms.   Rooms for Fri/Sat are a tad over $400 for both nights and they are currently sold out.  SO, if there is anyone thinking about going at the last minute and is looking for a room, please let me know by emailing me at the Flight Crew email below, as I’d be happy to have a roomie to share the cost!  🙂   I upgraded at the Palms for a Studio Suite.  Both hotel rooms have a full kitchenette.  The Palms is totally non-smoking in the Palms Place. 

SOUNDCHECKS!

Ok, I’ve heard a few of you have made it to the soundcheck!  Please tell us how it went and what to expect.  Several fans on this site have questions!  🙂

Some other info provided by Lisa Joy….

Sound check is being announced a couple days before the concert and has to be booked by 11am the day of the concert. Only Boston one up right now.

“ TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE SOUNDCHECK IT IS MANDATORY TO BOOK BY 11:00 AM ON THE DAY OF THE CONCERT

To participate you need:

book on the following form
print the reservation (or have it on your smartphone) hold the physical concert ticket (or equivalent digital ticket to present at the entrance to access) that the name displayed on your profile corresponds to that written on your identity card (Please update your profile if the names do not match) show us a valid ID IMPORTANT

access to the soundcheck is reserved only for members of the Fan Club (accompanying persons without membership of the Fan Club cannot participate. The minimum age allowed to join the Official Fan Club of Il Volo is 13 years.) an adult enrolled in the Fan Club who has a child under the age of 13 who is NOT a Fan Club member, can participate in the soundcheck bringing the child with him ONLY IF both of them have valid identity documents and concert tickets.
to enter the building your tickets will be validated, so at the end of the soundcheck you can go to position yourself in the places you have purchased A card is NOT required to make a reservation and take advantage of the initiative each booking is strictly personal, is nominal and cannot be transferred to third parties

Of note….

John from CT attended the Mashantucket and will be attending the Boston concert!  He promised his review for both nights – looking forward to it, John!  Great to hear from you again!  🙂

 

That’s all for now…..  Again, our new email address is:  IlVoloFlightCrew@gmail.com 🙂

 

Cheers!

Jana

 

The First “Who’s Going Where!?” and a few other details…

Ok folks!  First, thank you to everyone that sent in things to the new email address!  We got a few of you letting us know where you’ll be, but I know there is a lot more of you out there!  Here is the info for the first 3 US concerts:

MASHANTUCKET, CT – FEB 1
Joanne Wolff

 

BOSTON, MA – FEB 3
Julie Bernache
Anne Marie Prior and cousin
Roxanne Pappas

 

NEW YORK – FEB 6
Leslie Kinn
Rose Marie Paliobeis

 

Ok, I’m sure there are more of you going to New York, because it is sold out!!  So, please respond on this post if you want to meet up with any other Flight Crew fans.  It is up to you to make arrangements, etc.

Several have asked about Vegas.  There is no “official” Fan Faire this time, although Jeannette Giglio has arranged and reserved dinner for a group of about 50 at the Palms restaurant, The Lucky Penny for dinner before the concert.  They will allow seating, starting at 3:30p.  I believe concert is at 8p.  If you are interested in attending, please email Jeannette at: IlVolotour2019@mail.com, so she can keep track of the number for the reservation.

And speaking of Vegas…. I will be travelling from MI alone, to Vegas.  I will arrive Fri night and going home on the red eye on Monday. 🙁  I have booked Fri/Sat at the Jockey Suites, which is next to the Bellagio, right on the strip, and Sunday at the Palms.   Rooms for Fri/Sat are a tad over $400 for both nights and they are currently sold out.  SO, if there is anyone thinking about going at the last minute and is looking for a room, please let me know by emailing me at the Flight Crew email below, as I’d be happy to have a roomie to share the cost!  🙂   I upgraded at the Palms for a Studio Suite.  Both hotel rooms have a full kitchenette.  The Palms is totally non-smoking in the Palms Place. 

SOUNDCHECKS!

Ok, for those of you that are fan club members, we got a surprise email today stating they would be doing soundchecks in the US on this tour!  I tried to go in there and it just took me to the renewal site and I couldn’t get much anywhere else that said anything about the soundcheck for Mashantucket?  So, it still remains a mystery!!

 

That’s all for now…..  Again, our new email address is:  IlVoloFlightCrew@gmail.com 🙂

 

Cheers!

Jana