Throwback Thursday! Notte Magica – Fox Detroit MI – Mar 16, 2017

 

 

Ok, I thought we might all enjoy a little throwback to the Detroit concert last year, just about a year ago…  Some fond memories of the guys and good friends.  I miss them so, as I’m sure we all do right now.  Impatiently awaiting their new album!  Enjoy!

(I have to say, I just reread this myself and was pleasantly surprised, or maybe not, that I had actually forgotten some of this.  It’s so amazing we have these archives for us to remember these magical moments!)detroit fox 2017

 

This year, we didn’t have to wait quite as long as last time. November 29th could not come quick enough though, as soon as we knew when the pre-sale tickets were going on sale. We were all waiting with fingers and credit cards ready at 10:00am EST to get our hands on the best seats we could. Ten AM hit and we were off. Our fingers flying like a tornado, tearing through all the codes, and commands, and “I’m not a robot” games! Then it was sticker shock for Detroit! $450 each! Ok, you only live once and it was front row. So, trying not to think about the price, we took a quick breath of recovery, and painfully punched in our credit card numbers! There, it was done. Our tax returns were coming soon, right?

Ok, fast forward – after many months of careful planning, the Detroit Il Volo Girls, were joined by a few out-of-towners for a fantastically planned evening. Most of us met at my place in Dearborn and were whisked off by our contracted driver in a Ford Transit to the original “Antonio’s” called Roman Village in South Dearborn. We had 3:30p reservations, as we did not know what kind of traffic we’d run into. We had a lovely meal and left about 5:30p. Due to the construction on I-75, there was a lot of traffic going south, so we just stayed on the side roads and got there in plenty of time; arriving approximately 5:45p. Thankfully, the box office was open, so we got our tickets from will call. We still had to wait a little bit for them to open the doors. I was anxiously waiting for the arrival of Marie and Leelee. As I was looking out the door, I saw them get out of the taxi! It was so good to see them – I had their front row tickets waiting for them. As soon as they got in the door, they were letting us in the lobby. We went through security, then quickly bought our souvenir t-shirt and little furry bag. Awaiting us in our VIP bag were the Il Volo wintergreen mints, another long, fuzzy, black bag with Il Volo on it, and a deck of cards with their picture on the box, and of course, our signed VIP badge for the night.

We were escorted to our seats. I sat on the end in the front row, with a direct view of where Gianluca would be standing. They were only about 5 feet or so from the stage. Our seats were so close, we could touch the stage. We mingled with the others and met up with old friends; making some new friends along the way. It was so great to see so many people you knew and remembered and who remembered you! Before you knew it, it was 7:30p and time to begin. They started pretty much on time.

The lights went down on the theatre, and they went up on the stage, a deep blue light created a reminiscent backdrop of the evening sky in Florence. The smoke machine started to create a subtle breeze in the air. A quiet hush fell over the audience as the orchestra members strolled out onto the stage. The crowd clapped politely. Then the maestro, Joseph Modica, came out; again, the crowed clapped. The lights changed from red, to blue, to purple, to teal, and back again, all night. Very similar to the Florence concert, actually. Joseph raised his hands and the first notes of the violins could be heard resounding over the crowd. That song, that most of us had only heard on the CD or TV, was now playing live, right in front of us. The sing-songy violins spoke and the cellos and bass answered back to them. Soon, it was over. The audience cheered and clapped, knowing that what they were really waiting for was about to appear before our eyes. Seconds later, the notte magica truly began. The guys, dressed elegantly in their velveteen jackets, strolled out onto the stage, amidst what would be the first of many standing ovations that night.

Ah, it began…. Gianluca with his first note of Nessun Dorman…..his velvet voice caressing our ears and his gorgeous eyes, penetrating our very souls. After their first song, everyone in the first 5 rows stood up and gave them glorious cheers, whoops, and applause! Then came Granada. Ignazio stood with a devilish grin on his face, with his hands tightly clasped behind his back, just waiting, as Piero held that now famous long note. The crowd cheered, and then Ignazio began his part.

Soon, it was time for their solos. Ignazio was first with Una Furtiva Lacrima…. To see him sing that with such passion, power, and anguish, was truly an incredible experience. He has such a soft voice when you talk to him. You would never believe something soigna1 powerful could escape those lips. Standing ovations from all! More whoops, and cheers! Especially from the first 2 rows!

Then came La Danza, with Gianluca. Again, flawlessly executed. How he gets all those notes in there is pure magic, that is for sure! Another standing “O!” Then it was Piero with No Puede Ser, I believe. I have to say, that is one my favorites by him. Piero does seem to always be the crowd favorite with thunderous applause and cheers. Still, Ignazio is my favorite!

I was fearful that the concert would be a little on the stiff and boring side, but I was pleasantly surprised, as the guys were joking and laughing in between each song, and fooling around as much as they dared; standing in relatively one spot all night. They did take a few breaks and let the orchestra play. What was also nice was that they would come out to center stage to take a few bows after their songs, so everyone was able to see them. Of course, those of us on the left or right side of the stage, could still not see them well to get any good pictures. However, I was able to get some good shots from my vantage point, although many were close to just profile views.

I loved their one little joke about Piero and Ignazio calling their siblings, or in Ignazio’s pierocase, his dog; the others’ names! Piero admitted to sometimes calling his brother and sister Igna or Gian. But then he said it was worse that Igna called his dog, Franz, by THEIR names – Piero, or Gian. Ignazio said, with his cute accent, “it happens….” And I can see how it can, for I called my own cat by my other cat’s name! Comes out Kam-ari (for Kamina and Mari). Lol!

When it came to O Sole Mio, Gianluca did a little intro saying that many artists recorded this song and the different versions. He mentioned liking the Elvis version and Ignazio says ELvis!” in his deep voice, and does a little hip movement. (of course being polite here, but it was pretty slight…) Yep, can’t get away from that one!

As mentioned in previous reviews, they did Grande Amore and the awesome new Ave Maria, which Gianluca says was written for them and they want to sing to the Pope one day. It was hauntingly beautiful and amazing to hear them sing it in person, since that was not part of the Florence concert.

Our group and the first several rows stood and clapped after every song. All too soon, the notte magica quickly came to an end. In their reprise of Nessun Dorma, the whole theatre was on its feet, with cheers and more thunderous applause! They did not take a break, and it ended just about 9:30pm.

 

MEET AND GREET

Yes, one part of the magical night was over, but we were still anticipating the real finale of the evening where we could touch these angelic creatures with these heavenly voices! Unlike last year, things moved pretty quickly. It was a little confusing at first, but they directed us to the elevator to the 2nd floor. Good, much better than last year. We ended up on the 2nd floor, near the mezzanine area, I believe. It was a nice area and much bigger and better than last year. It was very pretty and a nice open area, overlooking the downstairs lobby. When we got up there, we saw where the guys would be. Shortly, the OMGVIP guy came out and gave us the usual “lecture” but he was very nice and told us how things were going to go. They were very organized and had tables so we could set our belongings on them. Everything was pretty orderly. We waited maybe a little over half an hour. Shortly after 10p or so, out came the guys through the velvet curtains. Before it began, there were like two groups – one to the side and one to the front of where the guys would be. The OMGVIP guy actually said – just come on up here and you guys decide who wants to go next! Wow, that was cool! No pushing, no shoving, etc. There were also nice chairs scattered around the perimeter if you wanted to sit down. Like a total 360 from last year’s cattle call! So, by the time the guys came out, everyone was relaxed. Barbara and Alessandra came out first and we were able to chat with them if we wanted to. Leonora came out also, but then hid back in the wings – I guess she didn’t want to join us that night. Gaetano was on the sidelines as well. It really is nice they all have a family member present. I guess Ignazio figured all he needed was Alessandra on this trip. Vito and Caterina stayed home this tour.

Some of you knew I made these scarves for the mothers, Nina, and Barbara. Marie graciously took Caterina’s and Eleonora’s, along with the one for Nina, to them when she visited Sicily. But I still had Leonora’s and Barbara’s left. So, I was able to give the remaining scarves to Barbara and she said she would give the other to Leonora. scarvesWhen I gave the package to Barbara, she saw the crystal wing and her eyes got real big!  I gave her the black one.  So, I think she liked it, even though she didn’t open it right away. I really should have had her open it, but I didn’t. I also gave each of them a card that had a picture from my Italy trip that I had made on Shutterfly, with a note inside. I did see Barbara open the card and could tell she was reading the note. But, the deed was finally done and they were out of my hands. I got back in line and awaited my turn.

Soon, I was next. I had it all planned out. I was going to say each of their names and give them all a big hug, and I had practiced in my head what I was going to say to each one of them! So, here is how it went….

They were in their “almost” usual spots… Gianluca was on the left, Piero in the middle and Ignazio on the right. I went up to Gian and said “Gianluca!” and gave him a big hug. I told him I was in Montepagano last summer and it was beautiful. Next was “Piero!” I told him “sempre perfetto!” Got a smile out of him. “Ignazio!” I hugged him and whispered again that he was always my favorite. I got his “aww….” again in his sweetest little voice. I also handed him the package of M&Ms we had left over from celebrating his birthday last year and told him we celebrated all of their birthdays. Then, again, it was all too soon that I felt that familiar tap on the shoulder to turn around and take the picture. I quickly felt a lot of movement beside me and realized Gian was pushing his way in between me and Piero. Odd?

Wait….no, YES, it really DID happen that way this time!!! I guess the 6th time is the charm? I was not nervous at all, it was like they were old friends I had not seen in at least 7 months or so? Lol! I met each of them with open arms and hugs.

Then it was time to go home. I think, for the first time, I was actually very pleased and happy with myself on how things turned out. I also said “ciao” to Alessandra and said to her, “I’m sure everyone tells you, you are the luckiest girl in the world.” And she said, “yes…” She is a beautiful girl, even with her glasses on!

Next is Chicago!

 

Again, I can’t stress enough how much we want to hear your comments and reviews from the concerts!  Please send your quotes and comments to:  flightcrew.nottemagica2017@gmail.com

Grazie Mille!

Jana

SUMMER FESTIVALS – almost GONE with the WIND!

Hello everyone! This is my very first post here and I hope you will bear with me as I jump into the world of Flight Crew blogs. Funny how a love of music and these three amazing men can give you the courage to step out of one’s comfort zone and do things you never thought possible. Thank you to Daniela for providing a lot of this content and to Jana for her help and advice along the way.

You might want to grab something to drink and a snack because this is a long post with lots to look at and listen to …………here goes nothing! 🙂

After their Padua (Padova) concert and almost a two week break, the guys performed at the Lucca Summer Festival on July 21st and two days later on July 23rd in Soverato at the Summer Arena.

LUCCA CONCERT

The peculiarity of the Lucca concert was that IL VOLO was for the first time in Lucca in the beautiful Napoleon Square in the context of the LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL. This is a well-known festival for rock groups and singers, rock hard.

So performing at such a place has attracted  many remarkable comments from those who do not like other genres besides rock, but our boys have done a lot of honors and have been very successful. No one is immune to the charm of IL VOLO!

 

 

A very nice thing the guys did at the concert end, as the fans were kept far from the stage, the guys got off down from the stage to shake their hands.

The day after their concert, the guys went to visit the Puccini Museum in Lucca. The house where Giacomo Puccini, composer of the opera Turandot, was born in 1858 is now a museum. It houses portraits, scores, sketches and other memorabilia related to this famous composer’s life and career.

 

SOVERATO CONCERT

Two days later the boys performed in Soverato at the Summer Arena. It’s the first time that IL VOLO goes to the province of Calabria.

It began with an hour of delay due to the fact that a very strong wind broke out, which swept all the music scores even before the concert began.

The afternoon sound check – Grande Amore with surprise guest – SPIDERMAN!

There are many very positive articles one of which describes that the audience, because of wind and delays, was dull and began to whistle.

When IL VOLO came out, the atmosphere was not ideal, but the boys when they opened their mouths to sing and then with their spirited jokes managed to conquer the whole audience. Because of the wind, Ignazio in the beginning instead of saying, “We are here to make a tribute to the three tenors,” jokingly said, “We are here to make a tribute to Gone with the Wind!”

 

Below are several “wind” videos showing how fierce and frustrating the wind was at that evening’s concert:

As the guys and Maestro Diego Basso walk onto the stage the wind is already stirring things up!

Poor Gianluca! Watch the wind turn his music score pages over and over again after they are on stage. It is a good thing they know their music by heart!

A lot of hair tousling going on in this video! Wonder whose invisible fingers were going through Gian’s and Igna’s hair? I’m sure there are quite a few ladies who would confess to that! Piero’s hair seemed to be the least affected. Maybe he used more hairspray?! LOL

The first part of this video shows more hair havoc!

More wind, anyone?

Here are a few random song clips from the night along with some conversation with the audience. Maybe one day my Italian will be good enough to be able to know everything they are saying. One can always hope!

And, last but not least, it is only right that I end this post with a clip of Grande Amore, the song which the guys sing at the end of each of their concerts.

Credit to all owners of photos and videos.
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Il Volo Professional ~ Notte Magica! Roccaraso~Turin~Bologna!

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The guys have been on the GO, but fear not we have NOT lost track of one minute of them as they serenade themselves from one part of Italy to another!

Starting with Roccaraso, Italy…a town in central Italy in the province of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region…a mere 85 miles from Gianluca’s home town of Montepagano….next on to Turin which is way up north in the Piedmont area, then landing in the lovely town of Bologna where Michele and Barbara are from.  You can almost hear every note they are singing or feel every ounce of joy they are expressing when you look at these pictures.

~Roccaraso~

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Backdrop for rehearsal in progress.

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Some pictures need no words.

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A gift from artist Domenico Di Cienzo…”we artisans” takes flight.

 

~Turin~

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What a set!  Absolute elegance and class.

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~Bologna~

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On the road brotherly love and support.

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And how adorable is that little wave from Gianluca?

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And the Notte Magica lingers…until we see you again.

 

Piero and Gianluca  enjoy watching Ignazio sing his part.  They still do this after all the years of performing together.  How endearing is that?

One can never hear this magnificent song too many times.

Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae

 

Photo/video credits: Facebook and Instagram

~~Jane~~

Personally Speaking ~ Has It All Been Said? I Don’t Think So…

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Many of us here on the site have been writing about the three best singers on the planet for several years now.  Everyone describes them with superlatives and all of the superlatives about Il Volo are authentic.

I love the way we come here everyday to read someone’s thoughts about Gianluca, Piero or Ignazio.  Their professional and personal lives, their  beautiful country and culture, their families and friends are all very interesting to us.  We never get tired of seeing them, reading about them or writing about them.  This brings us closer to them and each other making us feel more connected.

They give to us more than I think they will ever know.   They stand in front of us on stages world wide and share their gifts so openly and humbly.

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They  need no fancy lighting, gyrating dancers or catchy gimmicks.  Just a microphone and each other.

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They own the stage and their music.  It’s pure.  It’s captivating.  It’s powerful.  Their current Notte Magica Tour showcases this more than ever.

 

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There is still so much to be said about these three.  I can’t wait to read what some of you will say after you have seen them in concert during the European leg of their tour.   They will become legendary.  There will be people talking about them and writing about them for years to come.  Has it all been said?  No way!

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~~Jane~~

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notte Magica! Brussels, Belgium April 26, 2017

With just one day of rest, the guys flew to Brussels for their next concert at Forest National.  There were a few pictures showing Michele and Piero on the plane, along with Gianluca.  I think it was rumored that Ignazio may have driven.

Once again, their sweet voices serenaded the crowd to the now familiar tunes we all know and love, from Granada to Grande Amore!

Below are a few links to a few songs from the magic night in Belgium, on You Tube.  Thank you to owners that uploaded for all of us to see!

 

 

 

Here are some nice photos, credit to Vanessa!

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Ok, guys, you have about a week to rest up before the real tour begins!  It’s going to be grueling, some nights will be 2 in a row with only a day of rest in between.  Let’s hope you eat your Wheaties, stay strong, healthy, and take care of your voices!  We know you will…. and hurry back to us soon!

Again, the meet and greet was small, but joyful with about 35+ pictures.

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-april-26-2017/

 

Ciao!

Jana

Notte Magica! The Euro Tour Begins! April 24, 2017 Zurich, Switzerland!

Ciao a tutti!

First off, I’d like to wish all of the “Administrative Professionals” in the United States and other parts of the world that recognize “Admin’s Week/Day” – including us on this site, a heartfelt thank you for “all that you do!”  This also includes Barbara Vitali, although technically “Road Manager,” she has the most important administrative position there is to our guys, making sure their schedules and calendars are always on track, among many other things, I’m sure!  (ever notice how the admins get a whole week and the bosses just one day?  We are clearly more important!) 🙂  Ok, on with the show! 

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While the United States is still a bit starstruck with the guys having been here for the month of March, the magic has now moved on to the starry, night skies of Europe, beginning with Zurich, Switzerland!  A lovely picture posted by Il Volo Music FaceBook page…Zurich

The guys, after close to a three-week rest, lit up the night and the stage once again, to commence their European tour.  Their voices impeccable; their dress, varied blue/gray suits and ties.  Their eyes bright and shiny, and everything as perfect as always.  They once again teamed up with Maestro Diego Basso, who accompanied them on most of their USA tour last year, as well as several of their other performances.  I’m sure Joseph Modica is missing the guys right now!  🙂

Although not travelling to the Netherlands, they will be close to them while in Brussels, Belgium and Düsseldorf, Germany.  Like the famous painting of Van Gogh, “Oh Starry Night…,”  Ilvolover’s minds will be spinning like the stars in the picture, starry nightafter having seen them.  Especially those that will be able to meet them in person this time.  There were about 24 lucky persons that had meet/greets for the Zurich concert.  Here is the link to the OMGVIP site!  https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-april-24-2017/  Look at those happy and smiling faces!  🙂

Here is also a link to some professional pictures by Kaul….  http://www.mkaul.ch/gallery.php?mode=gallery&id=247&page=1

Also, thank you to FaceBook and lemammeilvolovers, we have a nice link to you tube of about the first 35 minutes of their concert, including their 3 solos, along with their Ave Maria, for your viewing and listening pleasure!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3uL3ZelCvg

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Well, hang in there guys, only 31 more concerts to go!  Next stop Brussels! (a nice Instagram photo from Il Volo Italian Fan Club from Zurich)

Get your tickets!  Remember there are 2 for sale for the June 1 Taormina concert!!

Ciao, a presto!

Jana

 

Who’s Going Where ~ Europe ~ Update

Here they come Europe!  Treat them well!  Let us know how much you loved them!

Si avrà una meravigliosa notte magica! Buon divertimento!

“Notte Magica” VIP Meet & Greet Upgrade includes:
– Meet & Greet with Il Volo
– Photograph with Il Volo
– Autographed VIP Laminate
– Exclusive VIP Merchandise Item
http://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-europe/

Don’t forget your badge!

Some idea of what you will be seeing very soon.

If inquiring minds want to know…The story of the opera, Turandot – http://classicalmusic.about.com/od/opera/qt/Turandot-Synopsis.htm

Here’s The List so far.  Please update me, in comments, if I have it wrong or your name is missing.  

Look for these folks!  Here we go:

Notte Magica Tour

April 26th ~  Brussels, Belgium
~Sue Hamshall
~Graham Hamshall

May 3rdRoccaraso, Italy
~Daniela

May 5th ~ Turin, Italy

May 6th ~ Bologna, Italy

May 9th ~ Milan, Italy

May 12th ~ Rome, Italy
~Jannette & Friends
~Sue Hemshall
~Graham Hemshall
~Dr. Jay and Victoria Wilson

May 13, ~ Rome, Italy

May 15th ~ Ancona, Italy
~Sue Hemshall
~Graham Hemshall
~Joaniefl2

May 17th ~ Livorno, Italy
~Joaniefl2
~Maura Siena
~Maura’s husband

May 19th ~ Verona, Italy
~Daniela Perani
~Daniela’s husband, Beppe
~Donna Pother
~Mary M
~Mary M’s Husband
~Susan
~Susan’s brother
~Jeannette & Friends
~Dorothy Vessey
~Sue Hemshell
~Graham Hemshall
~Maura Siena
~Maura’s husband
~Wendy Keighley
~2 accompanying Wendy
~Maura Pucci
~Daniela Ci
~Marie Crider (that’s a lie, but I really really, really want to be here)

May 20th ~ Verona, Italy
~Jeannette & Friends
~Patrizia Ciava
~Janet D.
~Jane D.’s husband
~John from CT
~Joaniefl2

May 23rd ~ London, England
~Sue Hamshall
~Graham Hamshall
~Bernard Duffy
~Bernard’s wife Rosalba
~1johnson17
~Kathy Pritchard
~Kathy’s husband
~Jeannette and friends

June 1st ~ Taromina, Italy
~Jeannette & Friends
~Betty Young (Bubby Young)
~Mealani Evensen
~Mealani’s cousin Melinda Walker

June 3rd ~ Taromina, Italy 

June 4th ~ Taormina, Italy
~Kathy Pritchard
~Kathy’s husband

June 8th ~ Malta

June 10th ~ Naples, Italy
~Bernard Duffy
~Bernard’s wife Rosalba
~Bernard’s sis-in-law, Eleonora

June 15th ~ Dusseldorf, Germany

~Astrid Scheck

June 16th ~ Hamburg, Germany

June 18th ~ Moscow, Russia

June 20th ~ Kief, Ukraine

June 22nd ~ Odessa, Ukraine

June 24th ~ Madrid, Spain

June 26th ~ Warsaw, Poland

June 28th ~ Vienna, Austria

June 30th ~ Sofia, Bulgaria

July 8th ~ Palmanova, Italy

July 9th ~ Piazzola sul Brenta, Padua, Italy

July 14th ~ Soverato, Catanzaro, Italy

July 21st ~ Provence of Lucca, Italy

July 28th ~ Pula, 09010 Pula, Provence of Cagliari, Italy