This year is also the tenth anniversary of another event, but very sad, that concerned Italy at that time – the Aquila earthquake – a series of seismic shocks that destroyed most of the villages of Abruzzo in the province of Aquila and claimed 309 victims.
We all know that Gianluca Ginoble is a native of Abruzzo, and we know his sensitivity to his homeland, which he loves so much. Several times I heard from Gianluca that he wanted to do something, really useful for this land.
I am sure that Gianluca will have pushed a lot for this event and, knowing the sensibility of Ignazio and Piero, surely he will not have done much to convince them.
The event was announced by TG ROSETO, with this article from which I translate the most important parts.
On 26 August at 9.30 pm at the Teatro del Perdono, Piazzale di Collemaggio, the Music Show, stories and emotions entitled “Il Volo per L’Aquila” will be held, which will be accompanied by the Grand Symphony Orchestra of the Italian Conservatories, conducted by master Leonardo De Amicis.
The musical group of Il Volo, Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and have decided to pay homage to the city of L’Aquila on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake giving up their compensation, lending their voices and their talent for free with the will of leave something beautiful and real to the city.
Places on the Prato are free. The 1500 chairs are paid and everyone will pay, even the authorities. The proceeds of the tickets will be used to support boys who will be trained at the conservatory.
(photo during the rehearsals of the concert)
Really a beautiful initiative, thanks to the great heart and the availability of Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, very commendable.
I liked a passage on the article, it was written that everyone, including personalities, will pay for the ticket (only 15 euros). Yes, because here, in the various concerts, often the celebrities or at least the personalities, enter without paying. Unseemly.
With the boys, on the stage, there will also be Alessandro Quarta.
Another thing that pleased me to read about the article, is that the orchestra conductor will be Leonardo De Amicis, the one who directed them in TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, remember?
Here they are, together in this photo.
Gianluca, 10 years ago, sang for the L’Aquila earthquake, you remember a little child who was singing Gounod’s “AVE MARIA”, also this year IL VOLO, will dedicate a particular song, during this event and it will be “AVE MARIA MATER MISERICORDIAE”.
Guys, there is no song more beautiful and suitable than this one. You will sing it with all your heart and we will listen to you with great affection.
It rained in the afternoon, big clouds are still in the sky, and now the show begins.
And here’s to the TGR Abruzzo news, what they said about them.
PR = Waiting in L’Aquila for the IL VOLO concert.
Full of appointments, the PERDONANCE program, many tourists in the city.
We connect live with L’Aquila, where the 725th edition of the PERDONANCE is going on, tonight there will be the IL VOLO concert, live for you with Gianluca Ginoble interviewed by Daniela Senepa.
DS= I’m here on the stage of Collemaggio, where there is rehelase of IL VOLO that is trying the AVE MARIA. Sorry everyone, we are the TGR of Abruzzo, turn to the camera, excuse yourself guys from the orchestra. IL VOLO, for AQUILA, you are trying the Ave Maria, there is truly your embrace for this city, which is trying to re-rise.
P = We are very close to this city, also because 10 years ago, when the tragedy happened, we were at TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, the program where we met, we lived fully that moment, there was also the maestro De Amicis, maestro , come here beside us.
DS= Here behind me, on the other hand, there is an extraordinary violin, we listened to the tests and I assure you that my heart beats fast, then when it sings IL VOLO, accompanied by these orchestral boys is a very important moment, (she he turns to Ignazio), because it’s not just your art, but also what you dedicate it to, so it’s a very important moment.
I= Absolutely, we are honored to be here and to be able to sing for all the Aquilans, and above all for all the people who came here to give a symbol of solidarity, for what happened 10 years ago, all united together, music, art, and that’s what we do every day. We must say thank you, certainly to Leonardo De Amicis, who invited us, and we could not say no, but thanks also to Alessandro Quarta, he too, like us, came to help, to spend an evening in music, all together.
DS = Gianluca, I’ll call you by name, because you were born here, you’re from Abruzzo, born in Roseto. Teramo has suffered a lot from the earthquakes of central Italy, I know that for you, it is a strong emotion, every time.
G= Yes, I’m not from L’Aquila, but I feel a little for Aquila, because 10 years ago, immediately after the earthquake, in the following months, they moved many Aquilans to the coast, so many were boys of my age, I made friends with them, but then, I never saw them again. Maybe tonight they will be here and we will sing for them and for all the inhabitants of the Aquila who are here to spend moments of joy and happiness.
Is evening, the tickets are all sold out, people arrive with great traffic difficulties and parking.
But then it all begins, and “it is music, the real one that remains.”
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”
At the beginning this next video, the master De Amicis, says that he has known the boys since they were really small, and he finds them again, after 10 years, grown up, sensitive and immensely artistically, a gift to the Aquila and to all the people.
Then he calls the mayor, to offer the boys a little recognition.
The mayor says that they have seen so many concerts in L’Aquila, but they have rarely seen so many people, so much emotion, for such an event, which has joyfully paralyzed Aquila. “You have given us indescribable emotions, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
(in the photo the boys with the maestro De Amicis and the mayor of L’Aquila)
Here is another short video by a fan:
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”
“A CHI MI DICE”
In this photo, during their stay in L’Aquila, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero also had time to visit a summer camp for small children.
But still, a series of beautiful shots of the event.
Guys, I have no more words and I want to conclude with these shared by Gianluca. Mr. Ercole Ginoble shared it with the maestro De Amicis.
“Abruzzo is a wonderful land for many reasons. The biggest reason is the emotion that provokes seeing a city wounded in the depths, like L’Aquila, react to one of the most disconcerting tragedies that nature can unleash with such great strength! At 10 years from that earthquake, seeing 20 thousand people warm a square there made you more proud to be there last night! ” ❤️
Slowly, slowly, we arrived in CHIETI, the last Italian stop, before the grand finale of Verona. We are in Abruzzo, the land of Gianluca.
Let’s start with this video with this presentation that I translate for you.
C H I E T I
“LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”
G= Finally in my land, finally, after a long wait. P = Two concerts in Sicily, and you spoke in Sicilian … G = Welcome to Abruzzo. P = It’s not like you play at home, and the two of us leave, you don’t do the concert alone. G = Then you make us feel how you speak the Abruzzese, but the Teramo dialect is different. I = (signs to be silent and speaks with a fixed voice) Welcome to Abruzzo, a magnificent land, a very fertile land of talents, not only of Gianluca, also of many illustrious characters such as Rocco Siffredi (pornographic actor), of great stature. G = But can you start a concert with these things? I = I have not finished yet, I warn you that otherwise I start over again. Welcome to Abruzzo, a very beautiful city. P + G = City ???? I = Very beautiful region, overlooking the sea on the Adriatic coast, but there is also a beautiful mountain, the Gran Sasso, welcome to Abruzzo, thanks. Let’s say you have a good (Gianluca) that should be “Unesco heritage”, wherever he goes, he speaks of Abruzzo (applause) P = If we go to South Africa, “I’m from Abruzzo”, to explain Abruzzo to Woody Allen, he had to talk about Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. G = Thank you, see? You make me look good, thanks. I = But surely you will take some percentage from the region, it’s incredible, whatever you talk about, he says Abruzzo. You should open a cellar “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo” P = I wanted to say that this year we are celebrating 10 years of career, thanks. In 10 years, so many things have changed, so many pounds have gone away (indicates Ignazio’s belly) I = I want to undress, but it’s not a lookout. P = Master: (begins the song )
“CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU”
The Chieti concert was also the last concert, this year with Quarta and IL VOLO(he will also be in Verona) and Alessandro finally said these beautiful words:
“At some point, one has to take a vacation, and right now, that I’ve met these THREE WONDERS, I have to move away from them. Because today, for me, it’s the last stop on the tour, for me it was a pleasure, let me tell you, not immense, MORE, because it is incredible how they have an excellent musical maturity, because usually the voice is heard, only these high notes are heard, but the music is not only made of strong dynamics, the difficulty is when you get a fort, making your voice slow, which for me means being truly, truly, honored to have three voices like that, not only for how they sing, but also for how they interpret.”
……. and we end with Gianluca’s thanks.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. We must feel them with our hearts. It is always nice to sing in my land. Thanks to all the people present last night in Chieti, I experienced some unforgettable moments that I will carry with me forever.”❤️ ️✨ ~Gianluca
D U B R O V N I K
Dubrovnik, is a beautiful town in southern Croatia, boasts a historic center of particular historical and cultural importance, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and which earned it the nickname“Pearl of the Adriatic”.
Until the 70’s its name was RAGUSA(in Italian Ragusa of the Adriatic to distinguish it from the Sicilian Ragusa). Dubrovnik is its name in Croatian and often, in books, the double name is used.
Well, the Italian adventure is over, only the grand finale remains in Verona.You have noticed that the program of the songs varies, in Croatia “Caruso” was inserted. Even Gianluca, in recent concerts, has replaced a solo. They are like this, they modify the lineup, according to the needs.
Okay, you guys need rest, holidays and return to families.
For the concerts we meet again in September, happy holidays …………. and happy holidays to all the crew of Flight Crew !!
Even Cinquale (Arena della Versilia) has been conquered.
Wherever IL VOLO goes, it leaves a trail of new lovers – because their music enchants, because they themselves enchant.
Last time, I didn’t find a nice video of the solo by Piero, “WHERE DO I BEGIN”, and I was very sorry, so I asked my friend Silvia, who I knew was going to Cinquale and was in the second row, the pleasure to record this song.
I thank Silvia who did it, so that I can show it to you. You have made many beautiful videos that I will use in this post.
PIERO: “WHERE DO I BEGIN”
What can I say, I like it a lot. I like Piero’s interpretation, full of strength, imposing.
These duets performed together with Quarta are very special. I hope that Quarta is with them also in the US.
Also this time Alessandro said only nice words about our boys.
Thanks Alessandro, you are great!
“Because you are lucky to be there listening to them, because i can assure you that before any concert I’m always with my baby girl from 1723 (his violin) studying, they came instead, and compel me to listen to them. I was over there and I said myself ‘what a gift God sent to us!’ Thanks guys!”
The audience seems to agree with him, and I agree too, they are a gift from above! ❤️
“PEOPLE”(grazie mille to Christiane Chouery for some video)
Ignazio, “ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO”, is a wonderful song, performed very well, with the support of the maestro Grani on the piano and Quarta on the violin. Too bad, it’s just a short video.
“L’AMORE SI MUOVE”
“IO CHE NON VIVO”
“FINO A QUANDO FA BENE”
Silvia also made a nice video of Gianluca and Alessandro Quarta. They are both fabulous and I had to re-propose it to you, they are too good.
Grand finale:“GRANDE AMORE”, “MUSICA CHE RESTA”
Some good shots of the night from Silvia.
There is nothing to say, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are very good and their program is varied, but always with remarkable performances. This year there is also the support of an excellent violinist.
It was their first concert in Genoa and of course it was a success!
But here are the first photos, thanks to Mr. Ginoble.
The audience seemed much more timid than usual. It was the first time here, for IL VOLO and probably also for the public it was the first time, they were all very firm in their seats.
Let’s start with “A CHI MI DICE”.
But now, I want you to analyze the videos of the solos well, because they are really beautiful.
Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, have certainly chosen songs that are absolutely suitable for them.
Gianluca, “MI MANCHERAI”
“SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN”
I believe that these two songs are really suitable for Gianluca. With how much love, with how much feeling, our perfect crooner performs, indeed interprets these two sweet songs.
Bravo Gianluca !! 👏
This song was a great news for us Italians. Battisti-Mogol (authors of the song) are considered among the greatest Italian authors. This is a sweet song and Ignazio interprets it very well, at first sweet and then going towards the high notes, which he performs so well.
This piece became Piero’s workhorse. It is now part of his fixed repertoire. He strongly interprets this song, he feels it “in his strings”.
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”
These following photos have been posted from the Nervi Festival page, and have been published with this comment: “Yesterday, fans of all ages filled the audience of the # FestivalNervi2019, to experience, a TOTAL experience, that left its mark: thanks to Il Volo and all the participants for giving us these unique emotions!”⭐ 💗
And these, some comments from the people:
Ottavia Primicerio = Good also as soloists, but together they are explosive, overwhelming, magnificent. And they are nice. And the orchestra … a mention for violin and piano. Great evening, young, and not so young, very old people, all happy, they sang, and they applauded for a long time.
Angela Pazzano = Three spectacular voices! Good guys with solid roots simplicity has been perceived a lot! 👏👏👏
Fran Ci = Wonderful concert! Very good, no doubt about it !! I went to accompany my mother, who has loved them for years, and I was also surprised by their sympathy and ability to involve the public. … a compliment also to the organization of the event. I found kind and helpful people. Thanks for the nice evening. 😊
Laura Tina = Fantastic location, they are great, great violinist, great orchestra … what more can we say? Let’s hope for a reply!
The regional television newscast also reported the news and made a nice article on IL VOLO. This is the title: Il Volo enchants the Nervi Festival, a great success for the pop-opera trio at the international festival.
And finally, the wonderful words of Alessandro Quarta at the end of their performance. They are beautiful words of esteem and affection: thanks Alessandro!
And thank you to Christiane Chouery for the video.
A = It is wonderful, I am breathless. I’m out of breath, not because I do the dance, even if I’m not brought for the dance, but because they force you to every concert, to always do one more beautiful than the other.
I played with the greatest singers and musicians in the world, it seems to me that I have NEVER had anything to do with the older ones.
Because for me, in this context, we have them, because they have heart, they have heart, boys. I pride myself on being Italian, (applause) but you must not applaud me, but you must applaud them.
G= Thanks Alessandro, you are great.
A = Because they really do wonderful things, thanks guys.
P= Thanks to you.
I= Obviously these words, were part of the script …. (laughter, while Alessandro waved his arm and hand to say no). I’m kidding.
In short, this time everything was fine, and the people, who seemed more detached, actually made beautiful comments and articles.
Guys go to rest, for a short while, the concert n. 5, Cinquale is ready !!
Nonna Maura went to the concert in Rome, I waited for her report of the day, and here it is, read and rejoice.
It is the seventh concert of Il Volo I am about to attend. At the Auditorium of Rome I arrive for the second time. In 2015, my first time, the boys had recently won the Sanremo Festival. I found myself in the middle of a stream of people heading towards the auditorium, and I well remember the feeling of enormous satisfaction I felt in seeing how many people shared my same feelings of admiration towards my beloved Magnificent Three.
Four years have passed and many things have happened …. But the emotion is always the same, perhaps greater.
It is around 18:00 when I arrive with my friend Patrizia, and already a large group of fans is waiting in front of the still closed gate to watch the tests. In the meantime, we know a Japanese couple, she speaks enough Italian … They came to Rome specifically for the concert, after having participated in three of their concerts in Japan. Patrizia gives us a video in which our young Chinese friend Xinjie, who lives in Rome and we already know, joins us. Among many almond-shaped eyes, I feel transported to the Far East!
Power of Il Volo, more and more … ecumenical! Once you enter the auditorium, the boys are already on stage and I immediately run into grandfather Ernesto and Francesca, Gian’s girlfriend, sitting in the front row. I greet them and … with my usual nerve, I sit next to them. The first is very well known to all, the second not so much because Gianluca administers it very sparingly, I would say with the dropper .. And it’s good!
Despite having exchanged a few words with her, I can tell you my impressions. She is a girl with delicate and sweet features, a discreet beauty, not showy, elegant in the way she behaves. In line with Gian’s tastes. In her features she struck my imagination, something that brought to mind a famous painting by Parmigianino(Italian painter). She is aware of her particularity, even if this artistic combination has arrived new, and, on the contrary, precisely for this reason she is taken fondly around, by those who perhaps ignore that it is a great aesthetic value, a sign of distinction .. She was very hot, and fanned herself with a cardboard. So I give her one of the two hand fans I have available.
The guys on stage sing small pieces of songs and sometimes go down to say hello to those they know. All three of them take turns to greet me too.
Later we settle in the seats corresponding to the tickets purchased. On the ground floor, …. they are not very beautiful, but we have not found anything better.
The lights go out and at the first notes we all recognize “IL MONDO”, one of the three songs, with “O Sole Mio” and “Grande Amore” emblematic and representative of their career, at least in my opinion. The ending of this song is of such beauty that they sing it a cappella whenever they ask it to give an example of their “singing in harmony”. But what does it matter if they sing other people’s songs, if they sing them SO?
Just like King Midas, they turn all the songs they “touch” with their voices into pure gold … The audience, which has already applauded their individual releases, explodes in liberating applause. In fact, it frees us from abstinence from this “soft drug” (cited by Patrizia Ciava .. 😁.) Of which we cannot, indeed we do not, want to do without.
The songs are running away fast, and everything ends too soon, as always.
The participation of the super-violinist Alessandro Quarta is amazing.
The boys are tender and charming, during the interpretation of “Vicinissimo”, for their to the little ones. And as if to close the circle of life, an elderly lady, a little wavering, appears at the same time in the powerful arms of Ignazio.
Only later will I find out that she came from England just for them. You are 99 years old … How I understand her! No concert is expected, at least for now, from its parts, and wanted to give itself another moment of happiness. These are the miracles of Il Volo. The vision of little Emma (the youngest child in Ignazio’s arms), next to the unknown centenary is the perfect demonstration of the transgenerational value of this group.
In fact I saw a different audience than the one of 2015. Many more young people, many more children, many more foreigners and many more men … active in the version of convinced fans and not only of passive companions .
In this regard, I quote a middle-aged couple, sitting right in front of us, who at one moment stood up, without sitting down again. Holding hands, they sang and waved here and there to accommodate the rhythm of the music. I, little one, was swaying behind them, but in the opposite direction, to be able to see a segment of the stage …. 😥😥. Less problems for the handsome and high Patrizia!
Final assault on the stage … a déja vu that is repeated always and everywhere and that makes me rejoice even if I can’t participate. An enthusiastic crowd, in a blaze of handshakes, selfies, bunches of flowers and small gifts ..
When we are about to leave, Gianluca gives me a last smile, a hug and a red rose.
And now I’m already waiting for the next big thrill! 😘
And here is the photo of Grandma Maura’s living room with the beautiful red rose in the vase on the table.
In this photo Grandma Maura with Gianluca, holding a sheet where it was written, to give a kiss to Gian by a fan named Rosanna. This fan published the photo on her Facebook page, thanking Maura with these words:
“Dearest grandmother. Maura, ….. thank you so much for what you did last night at the concert … you made me really happy … A kiss from my tvtb (I love you so much). Rosanna”
Dear Maura, we thank you for giving us your advice and for opening your heart to us.
I bet you will jealously guard that beautiful rose, and in your memories Gianluca’s beautiful smile that greets you.
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
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