And here we are in CHICAGO, the theater is sold out !!
But how much emotion mustPiero, Ignazioand Gianluca have, as they walk in this street in front of the theater where they will perform?
Once again, an incredible welcome for these young men.
Impossible to get used to this affection by the audience.
Security increasingly forbids videos. 🙁
Fortunately, Deborah Georgini Beaupre was also at the concert, she made many beautiful photos, some short videos, but in particular she was present and her comments make us understand, what happened during the evening. Thanks Deborah !! 😘
“This happens to the girl sitting right next to us during 🎶O sole mio🎶 Notice first Gianluca comes down and is singing to her, then after he goes back to the stage, Ignazio decides to sneak down to sing to her also!! Meanwhile…Piero needs to outdo both of them with his famous part of the song not far away from all this!! (Sorry the videos are very short.) The ragazzi were in rare form that night!! Gotta love them!!💖💖💖”
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Mix of songs:
In the backstage of the concert, a young and nice Italian actor Salvatore Esposito was also present. I will translate what he says in this video:
S = Igna, so Chicago is yours (by Il Volo) I = Wait, the concert has yet to begin. S = All sold-out, all Chicago is talking about you, come here Piero, come …
February 17: ATLANTA
And here they are in ATLANTA, it seems that security was less demanding here, better for us, these videos are beautiful!!
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLE WATER / GRANDE AMORE
LIBIAM DE LIETI CALICI
(At the end of this video, you can see that Piero’s microphone quits working and Ignazio reaches him with his, to help him finish the song. ❤️️🎤)
Without words ❤️❤️
“The Atlanta concert was incredible! In my wildest dreams, I never thought this would happen to me. Ignazio…Me…Grande Amore!”
– Debbie Sanders Folds
And now, go, go to the sun 🌞, Florida and California are waiting for you.
After the photo shoot in New York, they flew to Miami.
Here is Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca at the South Florida PBS for the special recorded in Matera.
Let’s enjoy these short videos.
Then they were guests at the Despierta America television program . . .
. . . where they received a beautiful cake for their 10 years.
But how beautiful they are! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
They also sang “GRANDE AMORE”.
And yesterday they were at the PBS in Chicago.
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(Thanks Judy Paullin Thurman, for publishing these beautiful photos of Diane Laske Varsek and Christine Nelson)
And now, they’re already in Atlanta!!😁
And what about this beautiful rediscovered friendship?
Thanks Richard Jay-Alexander for your post with these beautiful words. 😘
(He was the producer of the first special PBS We Are Love and also of other events.)
About Last Night …. THE BOYS of IL VOLO are in town and we got to have a lovely dinner and catch up at Morton’s in North Miami. Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio are looking great and singing better than ever (LIVE) as they are now in their early to mid 20’s. I first learned of them and worked with them when they were teenagers. Also, their longtime road manager & friend, Barbara Vitali was with them and it was nice to catch up, reminisce and look to the future. They have now been together as a group for TEN YEARS and have a new PBS special that you should look for … IL VOLO: Ten Years. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS. I LOVE THESE GUYS and the foundation of our work and our friendship was rock solid, which is why we still stay in touch and see each other. Hey … BTW …. New York!!!! They’re playing RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL in February and are almost SOLD OUT … so get your TIX! They are the REAL DEAL!
(Image made by Xinjie Wang)
Ok, will there be a next stop over Atlanta? We’ll see.
Moreover, many of you, will be seeing the Matera concert on television, write me your comments, for better or for worse.
On their Italian journey last year, our world travelers, Jana andLorna, stopped by the little cafe in Montepagano and enjoyed Nutella crepes. Little did they realize that soon Chicago would boast the first stand – alone permanent Nutella cafe!
But first a little history on where Nutella came from…
Pietro Ferrero, who owned abakery inAlba, Piedmont, an area known for the production of hazelnuts, sold an initial batch of 300 kilograms (660 lb) of “Pasta Gianduja” in 1946. At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing.Ferrero instead used hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy (northwest), to extend the limited chocolate supply. This product, called “Pasta Gianduja” was originally sold as a solid block, but Ferrero started to sell a creamy version in 1951 as “Supercrema”.
In 1963, Ferrero’s son Michele Ferrero revamped Supercrema with the intention of marketing it throughout Europe. Its composition was modified and it was renamed “Nutella”. The first jar of Nutella left the factory in Alba on 20 April 1964. The product was an instant success and remains widely popular.
And now fast forward to May 31, 2017…
America’s first Nutella cafe opens!
People enter the cafe through a door shaped like a Nutella jar, which also includes pendants shaped like hazelnut flowers and a ceiling designed to remind customers of Nutella waves.
The 2nd floor of the cafe features a fireplace.
Their menu goes beyond sweet stuff with savory sandwiches and salads made with the hazelnut spread, including panini with speck ham from the same Italian region where the spread originated.
Nutella has held cafe pop-ups across the country but nothing permanent like this new one in Chicago. Chicago is well known for it’s flourishing food scene, so it was a top choice for the Windy City to be home to the first cafe.
So next time the guys are back in the U.S.A. those of you in Chicago, be on the look out for a famous Italiansinger who just happens to love Nutella.
You just never know who you may run into at this very cafe!!
Nutella Cafe, 189 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 729-5186, open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
For those of you from out of town, if you take the train, the Nutella Café is just a little over a mile from Union Station and about a 30 minute walk. If you walk, then you won’t feel too guilty about eating there! 🙂
Photo and story credits to Eater Chicago, Wikipedia and Facebook.
On Friday, the day before the concert, we walked a block from our hotel to the Civic Opera House to get some pictures in the daylight. What an impressive building! I was surprised to see no marquee or even a sign mentioning the IL VOLO concert the next evening.
Saturday evening we arrived at the Civic Opera House just before the doors opened. After we went in and got our VIP tags and bags, I walked into that grand hall. I did exactly what someone on the blog (I think it might have been Marie) recommended we do – I stopped and looked and took it all in. I did the same thing when we entered the theatre. It was glorious! We walked down the red carpeted aisle to our front row seats on the right side of the stage. I turned around and looked at the whole theatre and the balconies. It was a beautiful space!
I hadn’t even sat down before two very nice ladies came up and asked for one of the wristbands I had made to share at this concert. Before the show started I gave some more out to those around me and finally grabbed a handful and sent them down the front row. It was so much fun!
For some reason we were told immediately after taking our seats that no photos or videos were allowed! I was shocked! I heard some say that it was by request of IL VOLO. Why? I had seen photos and videos from the preceding shows. How could my luck as a first time IL VOLO concert attendee be so bad? Me, being the rebel I am, took discreet photos and videos until they told me to quit about 2/3 of the way thru the concert.
I was in heaven when the boys stepped onto the stage. I couldn’t believe I was really there! Their voices and the music just took me away to that “other place”. I didn’t know anyone else existed at that point. After Nessun Dorma, when we all jumped up to applaud, Gianluca looked over at us and I pointed at him, he smiled and pointed back at me and winked! I just about fell over!
All through the concert it was all I could do to restrain myself from singing along, especially on Grande Amore and their new Ave Maria. The musicians who accompany the boys are exceptional. Together they take the music they perform to a new level of expression and emotion.
One thing that really struck me and still stands out in my mind is how dazzling the boys’ smiles were when they stepped to center stage in the spotlight to take their bows after their solos and duets. It took me totally by surprise!
Of course, all too soon, the concert ended and we waited in our seats to go to the M&G. We didn’t have to wait long at all before we were instructed to go upstairs to the M&G room. The whole setting was a relaxed atmosphere, almost like a party! I talked with some people and continued giving out the last of my wristbands making sure that Leonora Ginoble, Gaetano Barone, and Ignazio’s girlfriend, Alessandra, also got one. I barely got done with the wristbands when it was my turn for Meet & Greet!
When I first stepped up I handed each of them their little silver organza bags that contained wristbands, another bracelet and a personal message from me. I then told them that my birthday was two days before and my friend, Patty’s was a week before that. Gianluca looked me straight in the eyes and told me, “Buon compleanno!” I said, “Thank you” instead of “Grazie” – darn, I forgot to say it in Italian! I then asked each of them for a birthday hug and then stepped between Gianluca and Piero. My friend, Patty, stood next to Ignazio. Gianluca was softly humming something that was very high and sweet. I did not recognize the tune. Wow! I wish he would have kept doing that forever! As we were standing there looking at the photographer I told him, “You know, I sing along with all your songs.” And he said, “Oh yeah?” I then said, “Yes, and I sing YOUR part!” Then FLASH, FLASH, FLASH! I never heard the photographer say, “1,2,3”. I’m sure I was having a “first IL VOLO M&G” brain fogand that’s why neither me nor Gianluca had smiles on our faces. We were having a “moment” and still talking! I did remember after that to ask Gianluca what happened during Grande Amore. I saw him mess up the lyrics just a little and then grin at Ignazio. I told him I saw it, he then said, “Go ask Ignazio what happened!” So I walk over and asked him. He looked a bit surprised, smiled and said, “I don’t know!” I am sure he did know!
Overall my first IL VOLO concert and M&G was a great experience, I didn’t feel too rushed when with the boys but I still didn’t remember to tell them everything that I wanted to say. There’s always next time!
I met a lot of nice folks in Chicago who share the same love for these three delightful young men, among them were Jana, Betty, Chris, Lorna and Harriett with her friends. I loved hearing the guys say in an interview that when they go to each concert here in the U.S. they feel like we are their family out in the audience. I’m sure they realize that we all wish only the best for them and continue to support them because we AREa kind of family brought together by this phenomenon called IL VOLO!
Thank you Pat for a most beautiful first-time review of our boys! We are so glad you had a great experience!
Keep those comments coming! We’d love to post your review right here! 🙂