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! ūüôā

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 ‚Äď 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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Looks big enough to be a football field!Roccaraso 4I’m just sure he is thinking of Marie!

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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!) ūüôā ¬†Ok, on with the show!¬† ‚ô•

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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!¬† ūüôā

Although not travelling to the Netherlands, they will be close to them while in Brussels, Belgium and D√ľsseldorf, 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!¬† ūüôā

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!

‚ÄúNotte Magica‚ÄĚ VIP Meet & Greet Upgrade includes:
‚Äď Meet & Greet with Il Volo
‚Äď Photograph with Il Volo
‚Äď Autographed VIP Laminate
‚Äď 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 3rd ~ Roccaraso, 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

 

The Miami Concert With Kathy

Hi Flight Crew, I do look forward to your emails each day. My husband and I had a great night seeing the boys in Miami on 1st April and I thought you would be interested to see some of the pictures I took that evening. It was quite something to hear them sing the songs from Notte Magica live after watching the DVD (I’ve lost count how many times). I have found that it sounds even better with a glass of Sicilian wine! The power of their voices blew us away, especially Piero, who I must admit is my favourite!

We are now counting the days to the Royal Albert Hall in London and Taormina in June.

Keep up the good work. Very best wishes to you all who keep us Ilvolovers up to date.

~~Kathy Pritchard.

 

~Kathy