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TIME CORRECTION: Gianluca on Billboard Italia March 26 – 11a EST (16:00/4p Italy time) via Instagram!

(Sorry, I was off an hour, didn’t realize Italy hadn’t changed time yet!  It is 11a EST….)

Hello folks!

Looks like Gianluca is reaching out to his fans and will be live on Billboard Italia, via Instagram.  If you don’t have Instagram, you can go to www.instagram.com to download it.  You can also access Instagram on your computer, but I honestly don’t know if it will work for the live feed.  There are not a lot of details, but I believe Billboard Italia will be contacting Gianluca via live video on Instagram.  You will need to be sure to subscribe to Billboard Italia and wait for the notification the live feed is active.  You should get a notification that Billboard Italia is starting a live video.

So, have your questions ready!  Thank you Dani Ci for the heads up!  🙂  

(Cosa vorresti chiedere a Gianluca = What would you like to ask Gianluca?)  🙂

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I’m sure it will be flooded with fans!

 

Jana

Gianluca on Billboard Italia March 26 – 11a EST (16:00/4p Italy time) via Instagram!

Hello folks!

Looks like Gianluca is reaching out to his fans and will be live on Billboard Italia, via Instagram.  If you don’t have Instagram, you can go to www.instagram.com to download it.  You can also access Instagram on your computer, but I honestly don’t know if it will work for the live feed.  There are not a lot of details, but I believe Billboard Italia will be contacting Gianluca via live video on Instagram.  You will need to be sure to subscribe to Billboard Italia and wait for the notification the live feed is active.  You should get a notification that Billboard Italia is starting a live video.

So, have your questions ready!  Thank you Dani Ci for the heads up!  🙂  

(Cosa vorresti chiedere a Gianluca = What would you like to ask Gianluca?)  🙂

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I’m sure it will be flooded with fans!

 

Jana

Introducing Flight Crew’s New Contributor: Jo Ann!

Ciao!

I had the pleasure of discovering Jo Ann, when she answered my plea and so graciously offered her room to share at The Palms in Vegas!  We were so excited to meet each other after several long phone calls.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Vegas, but she did, which she will tell us about in a future post.  🙂   Of course I am always on the hunt for new recruits, so I asked if she’d be interested, and she said yes!  She speaks, Italian and Sicilian, as well as English and hales from the Denver area.  She will be working with Daniela in sharing some of the workload on the various translations, etc.  So, Igna and Piero, you have no more secrets!  Now, if she could pick up some Abruzese, well, the guys would have no secrets at all!  🙂  Welcome aboard to the crazy Flight Crew, Jo Ann!  Without further ado, here she is!


By Giovanna

Ciao a tutti!  Since this is my first time writing for the Flight Crew, let me introduce myself.  I grew up as Giovanna Singer di Marchione in New Jersey.  I answer to Giovanna, Yochanah, or Jo Ann, depending on what country I’m in. 

Guarigione a Distanza: Long-Distance Healing

Nine or so years ago, my mother and son, watching a film clip on television, shouted across the house for me to come out of my office and hear something.  I know my mother was really affected by it, because she was joking with me in Sicilian dialect Giovanna, veni ca, e tale!”  (“Jo Ann, come here and look!”).  My mother hadn’t spoken Sicilian in 25 years, due to depressive illness and traumatic memories, and I despaired of my son ever hearing her speak it with me.  I ran into the room in time to hear one of three boys, ‘nu ragazzinu (a young guy) with eyeglasses stretching “ma na-a-a-a-a-tu sole” into an 8-beat measure.  I was dumbstruck at the smooth richness in such a young voice, in a teen my son’s age.  I also couldn’t believe the “cioccolato fondente” (molten dark chocolate) baritone coming out of the smallest one, or the powerful vibrato from the tall one. 

Up to that moment I was frustrated that Mama had abandoned her past.  This was a woman who grew up singing with Tommy DeVito and Frankie Vallie (of the 4 Seasons), whose own mother sang in the chorus at La Scala in Milano.  Her cousin, Lou Monte, sang Italian fun songs on the Ed Sullivan Show, after he re-recorded “Hello Dolly” silly-style with Louis Armstrong, where even Satchmo did a verse in Italiano.  (I can tell what generation any reader is if they used to watch the Ed Sullivan show, or remember Louis as “Satchmo”).  I don’t remember what was the TV show or clip where Mama saw and heard Il Volo.  I only know that it triggered something good in Mama’s memory.   For the last years of my mother’s life, we read Sicilian joke books, spoke and sang Sicilian and Italian, and immersed my son in the pride of where we came from.  I have Piero, Gianluca, and Ignazio to thank for that, although we’ve never met and I didn’t even know who they were yet. 

Eventually I figured it out, but it took a few years.  I was running around the world on engineering projects, and they don’t have much bel canto music in Zambia, Zimbabwe, the mining towns of Slovakia, or the mine camps of upper Saskatchewan. 

Il Volo Parte:  The Flight Takes Off

A birthday hiking trip in Toscana, Italia in late 2015 started changing things.  Stepping out of my hotel the first morning in Firenze, I noticed a poster with the name “Il Volo,” (which was probably an ad for a CD or something).  The name struck me funny, since I was standing outside the Santa Maria Novella train station, not the airport!   I took a good look, and recognized one of the young men in the photo, the one in the eyeglasses, which were no longer red.  The tallest one now had a

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Chiesa Santa Croce. The Notte Magica concert was held on the piazza in front of this beautiful façade.

striking young man’s face and an earring, and lost his round cheeks.  The youngest one was starting to look like a matinee idol.  My second thought was, “They had spectacular voices even as young teens.  I wonder what they sound like now?”  My first thought was “Italian boys really grow up well, don’t they?”  The answer to what they sound like came quickly.  The guys had won San Remo earlier that year, so the radios in some of the negozi in Firenza, Pienza, Volterra, and Volpaia, played “Grande Amore,” occasionally.  That was my Benvenuti in Toscana: my Welcome to Tuscany, Il Volo style. 

Ecco Che Arrive Il Bello (Here Comes the Funny Part)

Back in Colorado the following autumn, I got irritated at a friend who kept calling me to turn on the TV and watch PBS while I was trying to take a nap after a long workout.  I finally gave in.  There were the three faces from the poster, now in tuxedoes with even more stellar voices, shaking the Piazza di Santa Croce with Maestro Placido Domingo.  That did it!  No mistaking who they were now.  This time I got irritated that I had been in that piazza six months too soon.

But I already derived great pleasure from Il Volo’s music even before I ever went to my first concert.  These three boys always seem to be associated with good things happening in my family.  I will always keep the warm memory of my son (a

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Tempio Maggiore Synagogue of Florence.  Almost a next door neighbor to Santa Croce.  It’s home to some of the best cantorial in Europe.

drummer and baritone) and his sweetheart Anya (a soprano), eating dinner Italian style al fresco on my deck, announcing their engagement to me to the background music of Il Volo’s recording of “L’Amore Si Muove.” 

When I took my third or fourth trip to Italy, my first to Sicily, in 2018 I was frustrated that due to the needs of one of our group, we scheduled the trip so we reached Taormina just a few days after the Il Volo concert there was over.  It was

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The Teatro Antico in Taormina with the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Aetna, which becomes the stage for Andrea Bocelli, Il Volo, and others.

obvious, though, that Il Volo’s presence in the Italian press had expanded since 2015, mostly for the better.  They were on covers and center spreads in magazines in many of the edicole (newsstands), on the coffee table magazines in my hotel, the CD displays in the music store.  Buon per loro! (Good for them!)

Next time:  Finalmente!  At long last, I attend my first Il Volo concert.  I decided my first should, of course, be in Italy, where the guys harass each other in Italian and everyone knows all the lyrics . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is what happens when everyone knows all the words to every verse.

Giovanna

 

 


Grazie Mille, Giovanna!  What a lovely intro and such celebrities that reign in your family!  We can’t wait to hear about your first concert with the guys in Italia!  🙂

I was also able to find this video, along with many others of Lou Monte!  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Lou+Monte+Lazy+Mary&&view=detail&mid=F80461EBE13A2BC3E508F80461EBE13A2BC3E508&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DLou%2BMonte%2BLazy%2BMary%26FORM%3DVDMHRS

Along with several movie clips with the beautiful Sophia Loren!

Jana

Second Who’s Going Where…

Ok, here’s the 2nd round with the next 4 concerts.  For those going to the Detroit concert, I don’t have anything planned as a group, per se.  Our little Detroit Il Volo Gals group are meeting for dinner in Dearborn before the concert and going down together to the concert from the restaurant.  Perhaps we can agree to meet in a certain area of the lobby before the concert.  Of those who are attending, let me know who has orchestra pit?  🙂

FEB 8 – ATLANTIC CITY
Donna Cunnane

FEB 9 – DC/MARYLAND
Chris Hudnell

FEB 11 – BETHLEHEM, PA
Donna Cunnane
Roseanne Ramunni and sister, Maria
Camille Greco

FEB 13 – DETROIT, MI
Jana VandeLaare & The Detroit Il Volo Gals!
Rose Marie Paliobeis
Lisa Joy
Chris Hadley and sister
Lucy Buzzee
Jeanie Herzog and husband
Jeannette Giglio

Ok, that’s all for now….

Thanks for sending in your Gianluca wishes.

A note about the concerts, seems they are cracking down on picture taking at the MG and other things… but at least it looks like we get a little something for our $300 besides a picture and the lanyard.  Someone, sorry, can’t remember who it was at this point, sent in a picture of the bag and a few other items.  🙂  However, I’ve also read that they are nearly 2 hour concerts with no break.  Pretty awesome!

p.s. ok, I’m getting a bit ticked off now, I’ve emailed the fan club every day and no one has gotten back to me yet!  Everyone is asking me questions and I can’t even get in!

Thank you to those that have written in with a few details on the soundchecks, etc.

I’ve also been trying my best to answer the emails coming into the new gmail account.  Thank you also for your reviews thus far, I’ve read them all and your comments.  🙂

However, please note that we do not have any direct communications with the guys… 

We also appreciate all of the accolades!!  However, if someone wants to help, let me know!  🙂

 

Ciao!

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

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