LAST CALL THIS WEEK! Our Middle Child is Turning 26! Auguri, Igna!! Oct 4, 2020

1-Igna 26

Happy Birthday to our dear Ignazio!

Ok, many of you have already sent in your birthday wishes to Ignazio! This is last call!!

Please send your birthday wishes to our Il Volo gmail account email:

ilvoloflightcrew@gmail.com

I need your wishes by Wednesday, September 30, 2020, so I have enough time to compile them. I am really busy right now, as I’m packing up my apartment to move in a month – I hope! 🙂

Thank you to those of you that sent in song suggestions – I’m sure Kelly had plenty to pick from!

Hope everyone is staying healthy!! 🙂

Also, please do not post any wishes to Facebook, they will not be read.

Grazie Mille!

Kelly and Jana

TUTTI A SCUOLA by Daniela

Ok, I just attended the performance of Il Volo in the program broadcast by RAI 1 of TUTTI A SCUOLA and I’m still on a cloud.

Thanks guys, it’s been so long that I haven’t heard that beautiful song from your voices anymore and I’m still excited ………. but let’s go in order.

This program is broadcast every year on the day of the opening of the schools, and is broadcast by RAI1.

Today, 14 September 2020, in Italy is the first day of school and this year is a very special opening, because the schools have been closed since early March.

So the message is really strong, it reopens, a thought to the future, with many problems in the present, still not fully overcome, but with a lot of confidence and emotion.

Furthermore, instead of making this connection from Rome, as every year, this year in compliance with the anti-Covid rules, the program is broadcast in Vo’ Euganeo, one of the countries most affected by the virus, a country that has a sad record in the number of deaths.

Many guests will participate in the event, in the presence of our President of the Republic: Sergio Mattarella and other constitutional offices.

Il Volo is the most awaited guest, who will conclude the event, before the speech of our President.

But here they are, always beautiful, elegant but with sneakers, IL VOLO.

Tutti a Scuola Performance – Click Here

Beautiful opening of their performance with the beautiful GRANDE AMORE, which we always listen with pleasure.

I translate for you the speech after Grande Amore.

Man = Good, good, good, very good!

Women = Mamma mia, what a thrill.

G + I + P = Thank you, thank you all.

Man = And then, finally seeing you again on stage, being able to listen to you and admire and enjoy your talent, after very complicated months.

We talked to each other on the computer, via Skype during Eurovision (this year he presented Eurovision Italia) and we had said to ourselves: sooner or later it will start again…..

Piero = Today is a special day, a day of hope. We are delighted to be present at this fantastic event and we send a big hug to all the kids who are back at school today. Study is the most important thing.

Man = Perfect! Guys, by the way, what kind of relationship did you have with school?

Ignazio = It’s really exciting to be here after the lockdown …..

Man = Ah, you avoid the question??

Ignazio = No, why did you understand?? (laughter)

Seriously, we are happy to be here.

Before, a very painful point was touched (bullying) that I experienced too, so I understand and I am very close…….

Man = Are you talking about difficulties at school?

Ignazio = No, I’m talking about cyberbullying in general.

Social media is a serious thing, we often use them, just to play, to have fun, but they are a very serious thing. Social networks give everyone a voice, but not everyone has the intelligence to know how to use them in the right way.

So we are very close to all the guys who need support, we are helping a lot of people, and we are also creating a Foundation for that.

Woman = Beautiful.

Ignazio = Yes, because in 2020 we are far ahead, but also far behind in the way we behave.

Woman = We hope that the school also does a good job, teaching these kids to use social media well.

Man = The real revolution starts from school, education. A teacher, a pupil, a notebook, a pen, and you can begin, not only to dream, but to change the world.

Thanks guys for the introduction to this beautiful speech, which has not been prepared, I am truly amazed.

Ignazio = You were talking about this speech before and it is something that touches us a lot.

Gianluca = Also because, dedicating ourselves to culture, to study, not only makes us educated people, it also helps us to look at the world with other eyes, to the point of making us better people, with a pinch of empathy, of sensitivity, this can happen. So we renew our “good luck” to all students and also to children.

Man = “Better and free people,” said Gianni Rodari (Italian writer). “Study if you want to be free.”

But you have a gift, a little for us, but above all for our extraordinary President.

You explain it yourself.

Piero = Today we have decided to pay homage to the Italian column of music in the world, the maestro Ennio Morricone. (applause)

Man = About the music of “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Malena”, right?

Piero = Exactly, a piece entitled E PIÙ TI PENSO.

Man = Great names like Renis, Mogol participated in this song. And you sing.

Gianluca = We always remember this song with great affection, because we were just over 15 years old, when we had the honor of singing and performing with the great maestro Ennio Morricone.

Man = You speak like a 90-year-old….. and you already have a 10-year career ….. you started at 8 …. (laughter), you are still very young: Il Volo !!

Il Volo sings E PIÙ TI PENSO.

Man = I’m speechless, really, and then live, from a few meters …

Gianluca =  Really Thanks, we also want to thank the maestro Leonardo De Amicis (he directed the guys at Ti Lascio Una Canzone) and all the musicians of the orchestra, who are all boys, just like us. Thank you.

Man = Anyway you joke, but talent, only by studying, studying, can reach certain levels. Thanks, good job and good flight, infinite flight.

I + P + G = Thank you

Man = Hurray for Il Volo, who greets our President, I recommend you distance and mask.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca go down to greet the President, wearing the mask first.

The guys get a personal applause from our President, standing in front of them.

Great guys!!

But let me spend a few words on the superb interpretation they gave of E PIÙ TI PENSO!

How long have we not heard this song sung by Il Volo.

I would like to clarify that Tony Renis wrote the words on this beautiful music by Maestro Morricone, with the aim that it would be sung by Il Volo, then almost unknown kids in Italy.

Since then it has only been sung a few times by them.

On this occasion, they surpassed themselves, with an interpretation full of emotion, a unique sweetness and harmony, which only Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero can produce.

As the presenter said, talent yes, but also a lot of study to achieve this.

Again, I am very proud of them.

After the performance of Il Volo, there was the speech of our President of the Republic. A very long speech but with very beautiful pieces that I translate for you.

“Today is an important day. The inauguration of the school year, never, as on this occasion, has the value and significance of a restart, for the whole of society.

The children feel it, the adults understand it, and also the institutions. We are facing a decisive challenge. Starting over from Vo’ Euganeo gives even more the sense of how this challenge affects the whole country. Just as here in Vo’, after the anguish and closures, life has resumed at full speed, so the reopening of the schools expresses the full recovery of the life of Italy.”……

“As we prepare for tomorrow, we feel the need to remember those affected by the disease, the many broken lives, and the pain suffered by many. We will not forget, and we will try to learn from the exceptional and dramatic events that have affected all continents and that still keep us busy, requiring responsibility and prudence.”…….

“The precautionary measures have become a test that the Italian people have been able to face, as in other difficult moments in its history.

The school also serves this purpose, to train aware citizens, to defeat ignorance with knowledge, to curb fears with culture, to share responsibilities.

The school, the culture, the continuous confrontation, are also antidotes to the virus of violence and intolerance, which can also infect the community, if attention is reduced.”…..

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

Beautiful words from our President, but also the words spoken by our boys, unprepared speeches, which make me even more proud of them, are beautiful and appropriate.

Ignazio said they are preparing a Foundation to help the children.

What wonderful people.

I love them.

Daniela

Let’s watch the video of E PIÙ TI PENSO, sung years ago by three little friends, emerging artists: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca: IL VOLO. ❤️❤️❤️

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

TONIGHT! A New Celebrity Amongst Us!

Halloween will be here before we know it and the theme of “Dangerous Decadence” was on the minds of the producers of Chopped Sweets!

For those of you not familiar with Chopped, this is an excerpt from their webpage: In a sweet spinoff of the ultimate culinary competition, host Scott Conant challenges four bold pastry artists to take on one of the toughest tests of their lives. Faced with baffling basket ingredients and an unrelenting clock, the sensational, sugar-savvy chefs must demonstrate their skill, concentration and imagination as they race to see who will claim the $10,000 prize.

And what, you may ask, does this have to do with Il Volo?  Well, let me tell you!

Our own “little cupcake” and one of our younger Ilvolovers, Emilia Tomaszycki, is a pastry chef and will be on the upcoming episode of Chopped Sweets! – “Dangerous Decadence!” tonight, Sep 15, on the Food Network Channel at 10p EST.  If you don’t have cable, you can still watch it live at this link:  https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/chopped-sweets

Dangerous Decadence

Beware of the baskets! The fear factor is off the charts when the competing chefs must work with some dangerously delicious ingredients — like the scary, hairy creepy-crawly in the first basket! From poisonous to moldy to superstinky, the second basket delivers on the deadly theme, and one of the judges is appalled by what she sees in the third basket. Can she overcome her phobia in time to enjoy the final desserts?

Although Emilia has been keeping quite busy, as she is currently on a special assignment near Denver, I was able to catch up to her while on a quick trip home to Michigan!

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Jana:  So, Emilia, tell us where you are from and where you are now.

Emilia:  I am originally from Richmond, Michigan and am currently working as the pastry supervisor for the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida.

Jana:  That’s so wonderful, Emilia, and at such a young age to have such responsibility!  When did you know you wanted to be a pastry chef?  Were your family and friends always supportive?

Emilia:  From the age of about 14 I knew I wanted to be a pastry chef. I took the four basic Wilton Cake Decorating Courses at Joanne Fabrics and Michael’s craft stores, which ignited my passion. I got my first job at a small hometown bakery, at which I was soon promoted to head cake decorator. It was then that I knew I wanted to go to college for this. I finished high school and started college that fall at the Culinary Institute of Michigan. From there I received my associate in baking and pastry only to move on to the real world. My family and friends were always very supportive right from the beginning.

Jana:  Becoming a pastry chef is a very challenging career to choose with a lot of  competition.  What were some obstacles you encountered along the way?

Emilia:  One of the biggest obstacles for a woman in the culinary industry is professionalism and being taken seriously. It’s not easy to make a name in this culinary world, but especially not for women who are still looked down upon. This is an old-fashioned way of thinking and it is slowly changing, as many female culinary and pastry rock stars are rising up.

Jana:  I’m sure you have had several positions leading up to your current job.  Which job would you say was your favorite so far?

Emilia:  My favorite position is the one I’m in now; a pastry supervisor at the Ritz Carlton Naples, Florida. I’ve worked so hard every day for each new position, so I can definitely say that I’m happy to be where I’m at now.

Jana:  Do you have a favorite dessert to make?  What is the easiest thing to make that looks difficult? 

Emilia: My favorite dessert to make would have to be an entremet, or an intricately layered torte. The flavor combinations are endless and curling into the work of art to reveal all the layers is so satisfying. The easiest thing for me to make that looks the most difficult is probably a wedding cake. I’ve been doing wedding cakes for 8+ years so they have almost become relaxing yet thrilling for me. Each one is always different and unique but pleasing to the eye when finished.

Jana:  How long did you want to be on Chopped Sweets?  How long did it take?  Was it a long or hard process?  Did you have to go through various interviews?  Were you able to meet any other celebrity chefs while you were there? 

Emilia:  I knew I eventually wanted to be on TV, but I hadn’t set any timelines for myself. I had received an email about Chopped Sweets and I just so happened to be sitting in a 3-hour layover. I filled out the application and within 24 hours the casting company was calling me asking for more interviews, pictures, videos, and more. The whole process took several months, but again I had no timeline for myself. I got to meet the judges on the show and of course made some life-long friends because of it. I was under contract, so I couldn’t say anything to my coworkers or friends. It was one of the hardest secrets I had to keep, especially after we filmed the show.

Jana: What got you through the last few months when no one was working?

Emilia:  During quarantine when I wasn’t working, I honestly didn’t bake much. It was my time to relax my hands and sit down and write new menus. I FaceTimed my friends often and tried to not think about work too much. That time really helped me to refocus on what I wanted in life.

Jana: Was being on Chopped the most challenging thing you’ve ever done so far?  Would you do it again?

Emilia:  Being on Chopped was one of the most challenging, yet riveting things I’ve ever done. You see these baking competitions on tv and think, “Oh I could do that! These people just don’t know what they are doing.” Until you’re on the show, 20 cameras are pointed at you, you’re taped and strapped with hidden microphones, and you have 25 minutes to create a dish with unknown items in the basket in front of you. It’s terrifying and I can’t deny that I sat backstage at one point trying not to throw up. Would I do it all again? In a heartbeat! I loved it! The experience was unlike any other. I miss it already!

Jana:  Thank you, Emilia, what an honest response.  Is there anything you’d like to add that we haven’t already covered on this topic?

Emilia:   I’d like to say, you never know what you’re capable of until you try it. I stepped out of my comfort zone once again and I made it on the show. Always try to push yourself a little beyond your limits, to help you discover the unknown.

Jana:  Thank you Emilia, for telling us a bit about your background and the show.  Now, let’s talk about how you came to know Il Volo and how we met you…

How did you discover Il Volo?

Emilia:  I discovered Il Volo right after they did their first concert at the Detroit Opera House. My first concert of theirs that I went to was at Freedom Hill in 2014.

Jana:  What a coincidence, Emilia – that was my first concert as well!  😊

Emilia:  I became a huge fan, so of course I wanted to find others that were equally as intrigued as I was. The Detroit Il Volo fan club Facebook page became more and more popular where I grew to know the Detroit Il Volo Gals! I don’t believe I started it though.

Jana:  Yes, I remember having a similar experience and also combed FaceBook trying to find any fan pages and came upon the Detroit Il Volo fan club page.  I remember being intrigued at seeing there was a group getting together to celebrate Gianluca’s birthday at a local Italian restaurant.  I remember I responded myself and one other person would be attending.  I think Donna (one of our Detroit Il Volo Gals) was on there as well.

Emilia:  Yes, Donna and I had met through the Facebook page then finally we met in person. She is the absolute sweetest thing!  She and I helped coordinate the Gianluca gathering and we’ve been going there ever since.  Unfortunately, with not being in Michigan very much anymore, I can seldom join the group to celebrate, but I do, whenever I get the chance!

Jana:  I made reference to calling you “cupcake” in the beginning of this interview, I hope you are ok with it?  😊  I recall that Donna often called you cupcake as well, did she start that?  It’s certainly the perfect nickname for you!

Emilia:  Donna has called me cupcake ever since I can remember and I love it! It’s kind of nostalgic for me. My dad has always called me cupcake because when I was about 3 years old, I used to wear these cupcake pajamas that were my favorite. So, then the nickname was given to me!

Jana:  Many of us often give the guys gifts at the meet and greets.  Did you ever bring them anything?

Emilia:  One year I had made a dessert box to bring to the boys to give to them after the concert at the meet and greet. They seemed to like everything! I tried to make some dairy free things for Piero at the time too. It made me happy to see them happy.

Jana:  Yes, I remember that and seeing their happy faces.  Just so you know, I believe the Chicago concert was after the Detroit one and I recall asking Piero at that meet and greet if they liked the pastries, he said they did!  😊

Ok Emilia, one last question, who is your favorite Il Volo guy?

Emilia:  Piero, of course!  😊

Thank you, Emilia for spending some time with us today.  I would wish you well on Chopped, but we know it’s already been taped!  However, we hope you did well and weren’t the first one to be chopped!

Ok everyone, be sure to watch Emilia and the rest of the Chopped contestants tonight, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 10p EST!  Don’t worry if you miss it, it airs again the next night!

You can also follow Emilia on Instagram at “Pastry_Panache”

IGNAZIO: FUN IS ALWAYS ON THE STAGE by Daniela

Where do we find Ignazio on an ordinary evening?? In Piacenza, in front of Palazzo Farnese, there is a concert by Andrea Mingardi, a good Italian singer-songwriter.

The concert was scheduled for the end of August, but due to Covid it was canceled and resumed on 9 September, with all the Covid rules of distancing in the square and the obligation for those who attend the concert to wear a mask.

Andrea Mingardi turned 80 on 1 August and already deserves applause for this.

With him is a band of 11 musicians, among which we recognize Bruno Farinelli, the nice and good drummer who currently works with Il Volo.

Who knows if it is thanks to Bruno that Ignazio is on that stage, but we see the performance in this video.

Andrea Mingardi, presents to the audience: Bruno and Ignazio!!

 

Ignazio, what a treasure you are, to duet with an artist like Mingardi, too bad it’s short.

But from another angle we can see more of this short video.

I translate their speech to you:

AM = Talent and youth, and then he also plays football well !!

I = I must say that, I am young and I have attended only few concerts, this is one of the few that I have seen, and it is beautiful. It was nice for a boy to hear a little history of music, because in any case you are part of Italian music, to hear it told by you is to hear about all the Italian blues.

AM = When there were still galena (crystal) radios (type of radio without batteries or electricity they pick up radio waves only with a long antenna).

I = Yes, you and all your girlfriends from Piacenza (beautiful city in Emilia Romagna, not far from Bologna).

AM = It’s easy for you, because you are a talent, you are a nice guy, you are nice, witty, you introduce yourself to the girls …. you are Ignazio from Il Volo …. do this (snaps his fingers) …. how do all the girls arrive??? On the fly!! (laughs)

Instead for us, it was much more difficult, the girls of our generation, they were witches, they kept you away with their elbows, so much so that those who are over 40 still have bruises here (on the belly), and then it was much more difficult for us.

But I feel that you have an incredible voice …. all three (Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca) are good ….

I = (pretends to play violin and executes Love Story) Thank you, thank you. Let’s do two screams together??

AM = Sure, let’s do EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE, I start and you answer me.

I = But I can do (mentions short refrain of the song)

AM = Let’s go, so listen !! Because it is a celebration.

I = Otherwise I’m going to play the drums!

AM = No …. are you there?? (they start singing)

(Part of the speech, in closer video.)

This is a photo posted by Bruno Farinelli, with this comment:
“Last night in Piacenza was a truly wonderful evening! Full of REAL friends, surprises, unscheduled and full of desire to have fun and make music together!!!”

Thanks to all the guys in Andrea’s band and a special thanks to Andrea, Ignazio and Corrado!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

What can I say, our Ignazio is fantastic, and this is a rhythm that he really likes.

That’s  determination!!

And Andrea Mingardi is also good, it is clear that he was happy to have Ignazio on stage, because our boys know how to make everyone love them !!

As Bruno said, a nice evening with friends ….. and with Ignazio, fun is guaranteed.

Daniela


Saturday a new television engagement of Il Volo was announced.

Today September 14, is the day of the start of schools here in Italy, Il Volo will be a guest in a program on RAI 1 at 4:35pm Italian time.

The program is dedicated to the opening of the school year and our President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will be present.

See you soon!!

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

TURN ON THE LIGHTS! by Susan

Turn On the Lights!

Il Volo fans are not like any other fans in the world. To them Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are family! To the older fans, they are our children. They are very much a part of our lives. Family!

I started writing my articles back in March because I realized that these fans were truly concerned about these three young men. They worried about them going home to Italy where we were hearing horror stories about Covid and how it was killing Italians. So, everyone went into panic mode. It seemed their departure was so sudden. They turned off the lights and went home! They canceled their last three performances and the next thing we knew they were on their way home.  But being true to form, what did they do? Like good children, they checked in with us as soon as they got home and told us they were safe and, they needed to be with their families now.

Over the next three months they went into quarantine but, they stayed with us and shared their lives with us. A day didn’t go by that one or more of them appeared on Instagram and Facebook to cheer us up. They shared conversations with their friends and, they shared their everyday lives with us. We joined Piero at 4:00 PM every afternoon for his singing lessons. Ignazio brought in singers and comedians to entertain us and let’s not forget he took the time to introduce us to Nico! As to Gianluca, we watched him play piano and sing beautiful songs to us! And then there were the special songs of prayer by each of the guys and who can forget Ignazio’s “Almeno tu nell’universo.” No, they never left us.

And what did we do? Over three and a half months we learned about them, their childhoods and their private lives by sharing, every Sunday, an episode (total 17 episodes) in one of their lives.

Then the quarantine was over and, they left their houses. But the messages continued, go out but wear a mask.

The one thing they wanted more than anything was to get back to work. Well they did have the commitment with Dolce & Gabbana which gave us a spectacular Sunday event. And there was the concert in Monte Carlo but, something was missing.

Saturday night they showed us what was missing!

But let’s step back a minute! When the guys were entering the Arena on Friday, they were stopped and asked about the situation of Covid. Ignazio answered. “It’s time for us to leave our houses, start having fun again but with responsibility.”

Friday afternoon we watched them at sound check give a performance to those present at the Verona Arena that would rival most concerts. And then later in the evening they returned to the Arena for light check. Ignazio and Gianluca were making videos with their phones, while Piero was wandering around. Ignazio got his attention.

Ignazio to Piero: What are you doing?

Piero: What are You looking at?

Ignazio: The light that is there.

Gianluca: It’s Beautiful.

Ignazio: The gorgeous light. Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

Of course, Piero pulled out his phone and started to video.


But what was it about the lights that got Ignazio’s attention? Well they were as Ignazio said, “La Luce Stupenda! “The lights were gorgeous,” but I think he was thinking about the last lights that he saw on stage.

Saturday night when the guys were entering the Arena before the show they were stopped and asked this question by a woman reporter:

Reporter: You are International entertainers therefore you know how much the live dimension is missing.  But above all you have defined the stage as your natural element. So, how is it for you to return to a live performance tonight?

Ignazio: It’s like giving candy to a baby. We are happy because we missed it. We missed it to die for but not only for our personal thing but because this is to me the music slowly restarting with the safety measures. But we are restarting it all with Italian music. It’s like I am starting again to grow up on stage and hope that it can be a message of hope for the groups, in the cities, in the emerging local areas who want to start making music.  We have to continue making music and we hope that by 2021 full concerts and full live.

It was an absolutely beautiful statement that said it all! What I liked best about this statement was Ignazio saying “It’s like I am restarting it all with Italian music. I’m starting again to grow up on stage…” What did he mean? This time he is starting in Italy not America. He finally feels like he is at home! Bravo Ignazio! You are home.

When the guys arrived on stage, they had a message for the world and all people in the industry:

Ignazio: 2020 will be remembered as the year where the world would be constrained to be turned off.

Gianluca: For the music employees the verb turn off means the end of the show, when the curtains close and it is the waiting moment for the next show, but this time the waiting lasted more than expected, the silence was unavoidable.

Piero: Now, the world is getting ready to start again! Now the moment has arrived to raise the curtain! Now, we will turn on the music!”

This beautiful statement was followed by the performance of the evening. Their choice of “Nessun Dorma” sent an even stronger message. It’s says we may have to perform under these new world conditions, but we don’t have to change who we are or why we’re here. In this ancient Arena we look to the past while following the path to the future. From their first note the whole arena lit up. Their voices were clean and crisp. Their presence was illuminating. Their notes rose above the Arena into the night sky to let the world know music is back! The final note of their song sent the final statement. All three voices rose in unison and their voices sent forth a note that took our breaths away! It said We Have Returned! ”Turn on the Lights.”

Credit to owners of all photos.

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