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Hint of a schedule!

It starts February 28 on Rai Uno, with The Flight of Henry Brignano guest on the show “Best of Italy”, then March 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York, in April in Russia and in June in the United States, for a tour of 15 dates with a large orchestra. In Italy, an event July 20 at the Greek Theatre in Taormina.

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From Abruzzo to the world Gianluca has issued Flight

Luca Maggitti “I sing because that’s what I always dreamed of doing. And I invite the young people like me to fight every day, studying and engaging, so that their dreams become reality.” Words and …

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“I sing because that’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing. And I invite the young people like me to fight every day, studying and engaging, so that their dreams become reality.” Words and music, it is the case, say, Gianluca Ginoble (in photo of Cristian Palmieri), singer original 1995 class of Roseto degli Abruzzi and today world star thanks to the musical group Il Volo, which in 2010 made up with Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto. adventure begins at age 14, in 2009, in the program “I leave you a song,” conceived and directed by Roberto Cenci and conducted on Rai Uno by Antonella Clerici. The three boys become a group, then being noticed and hired by managers of international importance such as Tony Renis and Michele Torpedo. Gianluca won the program and signing up with The Flight of a contract with Geffen Records. The group participates as a guest at the Sanremo Festival in 2010, then began a success that soon expands into America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Their records are selling and Flight gets home in the most prestigious places in the world where you do music, playing both traditional songs arranged in a modern classic is proposed in a classic pop songs. Their skill brings them the most important guests in the American television shows (Jay Leno contact them personally), as well as creating a phenomenon capable of making a full house is the most important theaters in the United States both in the stadiums and arenas in South America, where their popularity, especially among the very young, is amazing. Millions of records sold, singing in Italian, English, Spanish, French, German and even Latin and awards that you do not count anymore. This is now Il Volo, which Gianluca Ginoble is proud component together with Piero and Ignazio, which defines “Brothers acquired, with whom I live most of my life, working hard and having fun. We have three very different characters and it is for why we get along. “Accustomed by now to have to deal with the likes of Barbra Streisand and Academy Award Luis Bacalov, in the house of social events in which it is portrayed with Sting and Bill Clinton, or superstars who have changed the music of the past few decades as Quincy Jones (producer of Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis), Gianluca has retained the humility necessary to enjoy, in the rare moments of pause, his Rose Garden, where he lives with his family in the charming village Montepagano, before returning to the breach. It starts February 28 on Rai Uno, with The Flight of Henry Brignano guest on the show “Best of Italy”, then March 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York, in April in Russia and in June in the United States, for a tour of 15 dates with a large orchestra. In Italy, an event July 20 at the Greek Theatre in Taormina. There would be enough to lose touch with reality, but Gianluca Ginoble remains clear: “I work hard to delight the fans and for the serenity of mother Eleanor, my dad and brother Ernesto Hercules, as well as the smile of my beloved grandfather Ernesto” . From Roseto to the world, without losing the smile when you say Abruzzo strong and gentle.

Luca Maggitti

Thanks for heads up Jenny!


*Note:  Watch calendar on right of page for updates.



More Music Please!

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You know that I could write a whole story here. Do a quizz. Maybe set something to rhyme. You’ve seen a lot of that sort of thing from me. But this time I have only a question.

What songs would you like to see recorded on Il Volo’s next album?

Here are my top 5 picks:

“I Believe I Can Fly”This song always makes me feel like I can do anything. With The Boys singing it, I know I can fly to the sky. Here it is, sung well, by Kinny R:


“Il Mare Calmo Della Sera” – I have begged for this one since the first time I heard it. Here’s how it’s done by Baby Boschetto, with emotions far beyond the reach of a 13 year old kid. This one lives on my desk top:


“Caruso” Not Baby Boschetto! This is how he did it at Radio City Music Hall:


“No Puede Ser” Piero’s solo, also performed for the “We Are Love Concert”. This video is also recorded at RCMH by Nanktat. Or… he could do “O Holy Night” again! Still not over that sound he made:


“The Prayer” – One of the most beautiful songs ever! Here it’s done at the TLUC Competition by a kid by the name of Gianluca accompanied by the wonderful voice of Charice: -note




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The time is getting close,Il Volo will be back in the USA soon. I think we count the days!!

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have been much busier this off time than they have before. As their popularity grows, more and more appearances and interviews are taking place! Hopefully they will become as popular in Europe as they have in North and South America. Ignazio has said before that they are more well known in the USA than Italy. It looks as though that is changing. We, of course are still waiting for their 2014 concert schedule.

Let us take a look back in time at the career of popular Italian singer, Sergio Franchi.


Sergio Franchi (born Sergio Franci Galli; April 6, 1926 – May 1, 1990) was an Italian tenor and actor who enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in the USA as a multimedia star and recording artist after being discovered on British television in 1962. Subsequent to a trans-Atlantic taped audition, RCA Victor signed him to an exclusive seven-year contract. Sol Hurok managed Franchi’s initial American concert tour with a debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. One of the most popular acts in show business, Sergio Franchi was a favorite headliner in Las Vegas, and his cabaret and concert appearances filled the largest venues on four continents. His earliest ambitions and studies were directed toward an operatic career, but fate intervened as opportunities opened instead in popular and romantic music. Franchi performed musical comedies on stage, appeared on numerous television variety shows, and starred in a major motion picture. He became an American citizen in 1972. Throughout his career, Sergio Franchi was a generous benefactor and philanthropist, donating his time and talent to many causes. For his longtime support of Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy, he was posthumously awarded the title of Cavaliere in the “Order of Merit” (Stella al merito del lavoro) by the Italian Government. His performing career spanned thirty-six years before his death at age 64 due to cancer. After his death, a foundation was formed in his name to award scholarships to talented young singers.

Very early in his American career, Sergio Franchi possessed the star power to be in demand as a draw for major charity and benefit shows. (His 1962 debut concerts in Boston were organized to benefit The Home For Italian Children in Jamaica Plain.) During his dual-billing cabaret show with Barbra Streisand at the Eden Roc Hotel, they were both recruited for the American Cancer Society Benefit (MC, Bob Hope) at the Paramount Theater in Palm Beach, Florida on March 17, 1963. Along with other stars, they performed before a capacity audience at what was called “the highlight of the [social] season.”In 1965, Franchi (with Itzhak Perlman, Richard Tucker, & Vivienne della Chiesa) performed at Madison Square Garden—raising $150,000 for the annual “Music Under the Stars” benefiting the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation. Later that year Sergio Franchi joined MC Jack Benny and other stars (John Browning, concert pianist; Yoel Sharr, Israeli comedian; and Phyllis Curtin, Metropolitan Opera star) for a United Nations Delegates Concert on September 10.Then, in 1967, New York City’s WDNT held their annual fundraising (more than $125,000 anticipated) show, “13 Stars for Channel 13.” Franchi joined Itzhak Perlman, Shirley Verrett, & Buffy Sainte-Marie in the event hosted by Tony Randall. Some notable benefits at which Franchi performed during the 1970s include Milwaukee’s “Fight for Sight” benefit hosted by Bob Hope at Philharmonic Hall (1971); and a star-filled Easter Seals telethon from Las Vegas at the enormous Sahara Hotel convention hall in 1972 (Raised a million dollars: Franchi performed and made a personal donation) On June 3, 1984, Franchi was a featured performer at the “7th Annual Lions Sight & Hearing Telethon” on New Orleans’ WGNO-TV.


Sergio Franchi did it all, movies, Broadway, TV, recording, touring and opera.

Sergio Franchi died of a brain tumor in 1989 at the age of 64.

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Il Volo was at the Vatican and met with the Pope. Let’s look at a short history of Vatican City.

The name “Vatican” predates Christianity and comes from the Latin Mons Vaticanus, meaning Vatican Mount.] The territory of Vatican City is part of the Mons Vaticanus, and of the adjacent former Vatican Fields. It is in this territory that St. Peter’s Basilica, the Apostolic Palace, the Sistine Chapel, and museums were built, along with various other buildings. The area was part of the Roman rione of Borgo until 1929. Being separated from the city, on the west bank of the Tiber river, the area was an outcrop of the city that was protected by being included within the walls of Leo IV (847–55), and later expanded by the current fortification walls, built under Paul IIl (1534–49), Pius IV (1559–65) and Urban VIII (1623–44).

When the Lateran Treaty of 1929 that gave the state its form was being prepared, the boundaries of the proposed territory were influenced by the fact that much of it was all but enclosed by this loop. For some tracts of the frontier, there was no wall, but the line of certain buildings supplied part of the boundary, and for a small part of the frontier a modern wall was constructed

The territory includes St. Peter’s Square, distinguished from the territory of Italy only by a white line along the limit of the square, where it touches Piazza Pio XII. St. Peter’s Square is reached through the Via della Conciliazione which runs from close to the Tiber River to St. Peter’s. This grand approach was constructed by Benito Mussolini after the conclusion of the Lateran Treaty.

According to the Lateran Treaty, certain properties of the Holy See that are located in Italian territory, most notably the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo and the major basilicas, enjoy extraterritorial status similar to that of foreign embassies. These properties, scattered all over Rome and Italy, house essential offices and institutions necessary to the character and mission of the Holy See.

Castel Gandolfo and the named basilicas are patrolled internally by police agents of Vatican City State and not by Italian police. According to the Lateran Treaty (Art. 3) St. Peter’s Square, up to but not including the steps leading to the basilica, is normally patrolled by the Italian police.


There are no passport controls for visitors entering Vatican City from the surrounding Italian territory. There is free public access to Saint Peter’s Square and Basilica and, on the occasion of papal general audiences, to the hall in which they are held. For these audiences and for major ceremonies in Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square, tickets free of charge must be obtained beforehand. The Vatican Museums, incorporating the Sistine Chapel, usually charge an entrance fee. There is no general public access to the gardens, but guided tours for small groups can be arranged to the gardens and excavations under the basilica. Other places are open only to individuals who have business to transact there.

I hope you enjoyed looking back on the career of Sergio Franchi. He was a favorite of mine back in the 70’s and 80’s.

I also hope you enjoyed a look at The Vatican.

We of course want to tell “our Boys” how much we miss them and can’t wait for their return!!!

The latest tweets: Piero tweets he’s happy to be back in Sicily (warmer) All the “Guys” have tweeted their support for Venezuela.                                  young guys 2


A Letter From Jane

From time to time I get lovely personal emails from some of you. They play to my heart. I am honored and grateful to receive them. This one is so poignant that I needed to share it with all of you. With Jane’s (maryjane) permission, of course.

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Jane and Mary B.

Dear Marie,
In between reading all of the wonderful posts on the Flight Crew site I have found myself returning repeatedly to a certain youtube video, Assisi Natale 2013 (Adolphe Adam).
There is a moment during O HOLY NIGHT that simply took my breath away.

To see them perform in such a gorgeous church setting was something I had always dreamed of seeing. The part of the video that captured me was when Piero sang his solo, “Noel” during O HOLY NIGHT. You will see Gianluca and Ignazio on either side of him simultaneously close their eyes as he hits his high note. They appear to be momentarily in a spiritual space. The reverence and holiness of this reflected on each face. We know they convey their emotions superbly in all of their music. We have put them on the highest pedestal as they certainly deserve to be. I truly think we are watching special grace being sent to us through them as they sing as is reflected during this brief moment. They have filled us with their love and brought us together as a group for the sake of loving their music. When you meet them you see they are not your typical teenagers. They are young men filled with a desire to bring their music to the world. They work hard and are totally devoted to their passion. They have a message to deliver and they convey this message of love through music. Many of us have felt drawn to them from the very beginning. Several people in this site have said how their music has helped them heal through different challenges in life. I feel blessed to have them in our world. They have made the world a better place for many.

This moment Jane?
This moment Jane?

Have you seen this video and did you notice this moment? There is just something about it that keeps me going back and watching it over and over. I sat down tonight and wrote out my feelings as to what this meant to me. I don’t want to sound over board here. Just my thoughts I thought I’d share with you.

Il VOLO friend,
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Dear Jane,

Thank you for allowing me to share this letter. Most of all, thank you for thinking of sending it to me when you wrote it. This letter is special and so are you.

But what are you thinking? Of course I’ve seen that moment! It’s me, Jane! I see all their moments and that one is a killer! Now, thanks to you, others will see it too.

With Il Volo Love,


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Hi Everyone,

It’s only a few weeks until Il Volo is back in the USA, yay!!! Makes us feel better when they’re here!!

It’s been an exciting week for “The Boys” they went to Rome and met the Pope!!!  In the pictures published we can see Piero giving “The Holy Father” CD’s and DVD’s. I hope he enjoys them!!!                      Pope

Did you know How to introduce the Pope?

   The Holy Father is so high he is never introduced to anyone: individuals are presented to The Holy Father. He requires no introduction: anyone about to meet the Pope already knows who he is.
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Il Volo in Rome

More excitement when Il Volo was nominated for 2 Latin Billboard awards and for 3 World Music awards!! Their tour last year has certainly made them and their beautiful voices more well known. They are receiving more recognition from their peers. We Ilvolovers, of course knew it all along!!!

If you have not voted for The World Music Awards, click on the link below to vote!

I thought this time we would take a look at the long career of Tony Bennett.
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Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in Astoria, Queens, New York City, to grocer John Benedetto and seamstress Anna Suraci.In 1906, John had emigrated from Podàrgoni,a rural eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria. Anna had been born in the U.S. shortly after her parents also emigrated from the Calabria region in 1899. Other relatives came over as well as part of the mass migration of Italians to America. Tony has an older sister, Mary, and an older brother, John Jr.  With a father who was ailing and unable to work, the children grew up in poverty. John Sr. instilled in his son a love of art and literature and a compassion for human suffering.

Raised in New York City, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. Afterwards, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records, and had his first number-one popular song with “Because of You” in 1951. Several top hits such as “Rags to Riches” followed in the early 1950s. Bennett then further refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. His career and his personal life then suffered an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era.

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Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his audience to the MTV Generation while keeping his musical style intact. He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer in the 2010s. Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and has been named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Tony Bennett continues to make appearances at the wonderful age of 87!!

Piero visited Milan last week. Here is a look at this historic city.

Milan (English; Italian: Milano [miˈlaːno] Milanese: Milan [miˈlaŋ]) is the second most  populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area is the 5th largest in the EU with an estimated population of about 5,248,000. The massive suburban sprawl that followed the post-war boom of the 1950s–60s and the growth of a vast commuter belt, suggest that socioeconomic linkages have expanded well beyond the boundaries of its administrative limits and its agglomeration, creating a metropolitan region of 7-9 million people, stretching over the provinces of Milan, Bergamo, Como, Lecco, Lodi,  and Brianza, Pavia, Varese and Novara. It has been suggested that the Milan metropolitan region is part of the so-called Blue Banana, the area of Europe with the highest population and industrial density.          milan

Milan was founded by the Insubres, a Celtic people. The city was later conquered by the Romans, becoming the capital of the Western Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, Milan flourished as a commercial and banking center. In the course of centuries, it has been alternatively dominated by France, Habsburg Spain, and Austria, until when in 1859 the city was eventually annexed by the new Kingdom of Italy. During the early 1900s, Milan led the industrialization process of the young nation, being at the very center of the economic, social and political debate. Badly affected by the World War II devastations, and after a harsh Nazi occupation, the city became the main centre of the Italian Resistance. In post-war years, the city enjoyed a prolonged economic boom, attracting large flows of immigrants from rural Southern Italy. During the last decades, Milan has seen a dramatic rise in the number of international migrants, and today more than one sixth of it’s population is foreign born.


Updated biographies of Il Volo will be here soon, so be on the lookout!!


Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca we look forward to your return!! Love and Luck,