~~ Dolce Piero ~~ by Daniela

During the Easter holidays, as we know, the boys were back with their families.

In one of those days immediately after Easter, Piero went to see NOTO, a beautiful Sicilian town near Syracuse.

NOTO is truly beautiful and is the capital of the Baroque style, and is also called “stone garden.”  The historic center has been declared a UNESCO “World Heritage Site.”

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Piero, accompanied by his brother and two friends, wanted to be a simple tourist, but having posted his photo on Instagram, was seen by some students of the school of Tourism.  Through word of mouth, they were activated in a very nice positive way, as well as thanks also to their teacher Alessandra Brafa. 

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But here is all explained well by the same words of Alessandra Brafa.

When I arrived in this class, the III A Tourism of Matteo Raeli of Noto, the girls had no dreams or, at least, they could not translate them. I asked them that in the nine months to follow, from September to June, they would have to make an effort to find one, to bring their talents to the surface.

Today these girls have done more. Known on Instagram of the presence of the singer Il Volo in Noto, they asked me to interview him. They were excited, their eyes were shining, they bounced with enthusiasm asking me to make sure to meet him.

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A few minutes later, with the necessary authorizations, we were with him, the tenor of Naro, Piero Barone. He lent himself with kindness and irony. The girls were all excited, and my heart was smiling. After we went to the press office of the City of Noto telling about the scoop  they came home full of joy and with an extra motivation to enhance the skills because “Prof, but knows that it is difficult to do an interview? We found nothing clever to ask!”


The real school I think is the one that knows how to alternate theory with practice, which passes from manuals to people, from the tasks of reality to life, that experiments on the field and looks to the future with hope and certainty that if we start from the dream, in the end what you want becomes reality.

Thank you, Piero Barone of IL Volo for courtesy, kindness of manner and elegance of mind.

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And here is the article made by the students!

Piero Barone, the singer of the trio Il Volo, through the streets of Noto .

The visit of Piero Barone, has escaped many, but not all.

The component of the popular trio Il Volo, spent the morning of Wednesday, April 4,  in the streets of the historic center of Noto.

Il Volo, an Italian musical group, made up of three singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, needs no introduction. And the visit of Piero Barone, the “tenorino” of Naro who enchanted America, in the stone garden certainly could not go unnoticed. 

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To interview Piero Barone, some students of Matteo Raeli di Noto,  did not miss the chance to welcome him among monuments of art and notions of history.

Class 1993, Sicilian, the internationally renowned singer around noon posted a picture that portrayed him along with his friends on the steps of the Cathedral of San Nicolò: a publication that, in a few hours, has exceeded 10,000 likes.

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Barone responded with kindness and irony to the questions about his presence in the city.  To be in Noto for a walk through the baroque magnificence and because animated by the desire to know the city better, since his only visit to this city had been made to a school trip to elementary school.

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He added that he was enchanted by the churches and the color of the stone, fascinated by the story of the terrible earthquake of 1693 and the greatness that followed. 

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The students, who in May will be working on the front line in a project to promote the city on the occasion of the Infiorata, invited the singer to take part in the event and he, has admitted that he has already heard about this event and that he aroused not a little curiosity and interest.  

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Barone has, expressed that at the moment he is very busy with the other components of the trio for the upcoming release of the next record. After the ritual photo, he took his leave for Marzamemi, complimenting the great beauty that is breathed in the city and remains unchanged over time.

Class III A Tourism Address, Matteo Raeli

Many congratulations to the students of the III A Tourist address.

Many, many compliments to the teacher Alessandra Brafa who was able to seize the moment, for her students.

Many, many, many compliments to Piero who proved extremely available.

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Then the visit of Piero continued for Syracuse and the beautiful island of Ortigia.

Did you recognize Piero in the photo?

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Credit to all owners of photos.

“Sony is our Family…”

First, just let me say a big thank you to Jane and Daniela, who, without them right now, there would likely be no site!  As many know, I have been going through a lot of stress in the last several months.  I am feeling better, but need to take care of myself a bit better.  Just knowing their new album will be coming out soon, is starting to cheer me a bit!  🙂 


I remember several weeks ago, when I saw this picture come through on Instagram…  how much it really touched me and reminded me of another picture, where Ignazio and Piero had similar positions.  Of course I can’t remember where I saw it, but I know it’s out there somewhere!  “Sony is our family,” says Ignazio.  His gentle hand is on Piero’s shoulder and the serious, yet consoling look on Ignazio’s face, seems to convey so much.  The apprehensive and maybe even scared look on Piero’s face, under his Panama hat, also tells us a story.  They are there, at Sony studios, likely putting the final touches on the new album.  They did what they wanted to do this time.  Pop, hip-hop, rap, a duet with Gloria and who knows imagewhat else?  The look on Piero’s face, says it all…  Is it good enough?  Will people like it?  Will we lose some fans?  Will we get some new ones?  We’ve put all our trust in Sony, Michele, and the Estefan’s – is it enough?  Will we finally get that Grammy we’ve been waiting for, for so long?  Piero, being the eldest of the group, looks exhausted and anxious.  Does he feel more pressure than the others?  Is he fearing his opera career going awry after this album comes out?  Even his glasses look a bit precarious, sitting close to the edge of the table.

Whoever took that picture, truly captured a moment in time.  That split-second of emotion; the picture that says a thousand words.  For all we know they burst into laughter and had a good joke right after that moment, but did they?  Did Ignazio reach over and give Piero one of his big, bear hugs?  Did Piero respond in kind, with maybe a kiss on the cheek as well?  Did they cry?  Was Ignazio scared, too, but wanted to reassure Piero?  We’ll never know.

“Sony is our family….”  When you think of this, it’s also kind of sad, in a way.  But you tend to trust your family and your family looks out for you – at least you hope they do.  I hope they think their fans are their family, too!  We give them the unconditional love that everyone deserves, especially when they are down, or make mistakes.  We tend to forget that they are human also and young.  And, sometimes as families do, they/we sometimes forget who our families are.  In times of need, we often feel we are alone in the world.  Like the “Footprints” poem, when the person in the poem is in such despair and feels that God has abandoned him in his time of sorrow, since there is only one set of footprints in the sand.  God says, “My son, when you see there are only one set of footprints, it is when I carried you!”

Let us hope that, in the months to come, that the guys always know who their families are.  Not only their blood relatives, but their extended families in Sony, the Estefan’s, and of course, their adoring fans!  We will always carry Il Volo figuratively in our hearts, and if necessary, literally – to wherever they need to journey!

We love you guys – unconditionally!  🙂

 

Jana 

 

(A very big credit to whomever took that photo!)

~Il Volo In Your Life~ by Daniela

A few days ago, Victoria Wilson in a comment to a post asked this question:

“What have the boys filled in your life?”

Then I read this comment by a friend that answered to a person who is not fans of IL VOLO.

In this commentary, perhaps we find the reason of so much affection towards Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

What is your thought?

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The musical tastes are the most disparate and often incompatible with each other. But fortunately in the music world, there is room for everyone. What I do not understand, however, is how they may not like it, as people. They are three good looking young men, without visible piercings and tattoos, always correctly dressed for their public and already this today is a rare commodity. Apart from the outward appearance, they are polite, helpful and friendly, not only with the fans, but with anyone, as if they were any kind of boys, and not world famous stars .. Last but not least, they are bearers of values super-positive, love for Italy and our language that, thanks to them, has awakened to the four corners of the world, and for their homeland, family affections, tenderness towards the little ones, the affectionate concern for the less fortunate. If you know them ….. you can not avoid them! Indeed, you endure their charm that has been called a soft drug … that is addictive. The young women would like them as boyfriends or husbands, the others as brothers, children grandchildren.I am a kind of …. animals in extinction, especially in the entertainment world, to be protected. And all this regardless of their undeniable talent. This is to understand why we, who know them, have a family relationship, visceral with them. It is not the hysteria of a group of untamed females, but it is a Big Love aware of balanced people, of good culture, that of singers have known many without having ever tried anything like that.

                                                                                             Maura Pucci

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Credit to owner of photos.

~ Bartoletti ~ by Daniela

Our Piero and Ignazio were at dinner with Bartoletti (journalist / commentator), their dear friend.  This is what he wrote about them.

 

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Put one evening for dinner in a tavern, Bartoletti with two friends out of three of the Il Volo guys,  Ignazio and Piero: the Sicilian-Bolognese.  Gianluca will join them to perfect the single of the new album they are preparing and which will be released very soon, followed a few weeks later from the complete compilation.  It will be explosive and beautiful.  Not only because Ignatius, regardless of any diffusional strategy, listens to the CD in his car …. at full volume with windows down perhaps to make it feel even heard at the Madonna di San Luca, (this church is on a hill of Bologna, but it is a way of saying that Ignazio keeps the volume so high that he could hear it up there).  Then Bartoletti says that their CD will take an unexpected turn, that it will be very different from the previous ones.

 

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I look at them at the table in their simplicity.  I am curious about the stories of their everyday life.  I tell them some stories from an old uncle and enjoy seeing them open their eyes wide to hear names and things they do not know. It makes me laugh when someone, without ever having known or met them, calls them “spocchiosi”, “presumptuous”, “arrogant”, “mounted” and so on.

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They study all day to improve themselves. They speak with admiration and devotion of their international myths that are now colleagues.  They tell with amazement and modesty their experiences unattainable by 95 percent of the other Italian singers. Piero is more serious with unexpected veins of irony, Ignazio a sweet “cazzaro” that at the end of the evening chases me to show me the film of the airplane model that he built with his dad and who tried in vain to fly (“And to think that when we did not have a penny they flew very well”).

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I brought them the beautiful design that Giorgio Serra, “Matitaccia” dedicated to the group. I made them and they made me smile. Please, guys, stay so “bad” in the eyes of those who still do not love you: but, please, never change. And if you continue to succeed in the world, patience!  It’s like saying they are good, and everyone likes them so if in spite of those who think differently, they will be successful ….. patience, those people will make a reason, because they are BRAVI.

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*D* What to say, Marino Bartoletti has always defended our boys and also this time he highlighted their appearance as “good guys”.

He also anticipated that soon the single will be released, followed immediately by the album and that it will be a real breakthrough.

Under his post I read two really interesting comments that I translate here too.

 

* I also had some doubts about these guys, but it was during a meeting for the presentation of his book, dear Marino Bartoletti, that I had the opportunity to know them better. Never seen the show characters so genuine and courteous, available to exchange a chat with those present. These days it is not a trivial matter. If then to the compassion add the skill, we should not marvel at their global success. Well done.

 

* Great guys in their simplicity! I had the pleasure of working with them, in their first Russian appearance in Moscow, they were special guests of a well-known artist in Russia!

Appreciated and applauded by all .. insiders and not ..

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Credit to all owners of photos.

~ A Flight To Sony and Then… ~ by Daniela

But what are Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca doing these spring days?

 

We follow their tracks and what do we discover?

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This photo was published in the newspaper “ALTARIMINI.IT“. Piero and Ignazio are located in Riccione, a beautiful and renowned town on the Adriatic Sea.

In the article it is said that the two members of the trio Il VOLO took a walk along the waterfront and did not avoid autographs and selfies.

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After spending a nice weekend at the beach, a day in Milan, destination Sony.

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Surely there will be agreements for the release of the new album.

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They are all here, no, Gianluca is missing.  Certainly he will have had a setback and he will not be able to come.

In this video Piero says:

P = What changes the story?

DQ (Diego Quaglia,  A&R DIRECTOR SONY MUSIC  ) = Are the songs that change the story.

P = And we commit ourselves.

(turned to Ignatius) Igna what changes the story?

I = BHO (“but me, what do I know?”  Said when you don’t know what to answer.)

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Gianluca the same day sends us a photo ready for a trip by car, maybe he wants to reach his friends in Milan.

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In the end Gianluca did not arrive, problems with the car?

 

Easter holidays are approaching. What better chance to return to the family?

Piero is back in Sicily.

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But do not forget his workouts.

Ignazio is back in Sicily too.  Here he is in a loving video with his sister.

I = Finally after a long time, with Ninuzza (loving diminutive of Nina).

Nina = hello.

I = Greetings, today from Trapani, then later from Marsala.

I+N= Ciao, Ciao

……..what sweets these two siblings !!!!

 

But where is Gianluca?

He sends us this beautiful picture.

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And engages in these beautiful thoughts.

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In the meantime Ignazio went to visit RADIO 102, a radio station in the province of Trapani.

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It is a pleasure to know that the boys will be at home with their families for these festive days.

But the new album? The release of the new single should be imminent, we hope, we can not wait.

 

 

Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

~ VIA CRUCIS ~ by Daniela

In these days of proximity to the Easter festivals, many celebrations are repeated in the various countries.

One of these was also made in Montepagano, the town of Gianluca.

 Who knows the country, knows that it is a small village of Abruzzo located on a hill, with a splendid view that sweeps over the adjacent hills to reach the Adriatic Sea.

In this small town the rites of our culture and religion are maintained, and in these days we have witnessed the re-enactment of the Via Crucis.

What a great amazement to see that the interpretation of Christ was carried out by Ernesto Ginoble.

It was really a welcome surprise.

We all know that boys and their families have strong roots in our Christian faith.

The boys, as children, sang in the choirs of their churches, you also remember the emotion of Gianluca at the death of his parish priest, very sweet.

 

Ernesto was really very emotional about having to face such an important part.

Now we understand why lately he has let his beard grow, to better interpret the icon of Christ.

Congratulations Ernesto, this thing makes you honor, the whole family will have been proud of it.

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We wanted to add for everyone our best wishes for a happy and serene Easter, that is a joyful fusion of cultures, religions and races.  We hold you all in an ideal hug.

Happy Easter from the Flight Crew writers to ALL our devoted Flight Crew!!

Credit to owner of videos and photo.