An evening like so many, I scroll the television programs, and find nothing interesting.
Some images capture my interest, they are on RAI 5 and the images concern Sicily.
I stop to look at this beautiful island that I had the pleasure of visiting, far and wide, last year.
It is a beautiful program that combines images with beautiful verses of poets who have described these beauties.
At a certain point it speaks of Taormina and of the beautiful Greek Theater, and while an “off camera” voice describes the theater, in the background a music that I recognize well : UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, performed by IL VOLO.
With amazement I’m even more interested in it, it’s a cultural program and who thought that IL VOLO was suitable to decant its beauty.
I did not expect this surprise.
Daniela Ci, was able to reproduce the video of the moment in which there are our boys.
Look at it, it’s worth it.
I translate the background words, because they are really beautiful.
GUY DE MAUPASSANT 1883
The theater of Taormina is so wonderfully situated, that there is certainly no other comparable point in the world.
Where are the people who could do such things?
Where are the men capable of building, for the fun of the crowds, buildings like this?
Those men, those of the past, had a soul and eyes, which did not resemble our own.
In their veins, with blood, flowed, something that disappeared: love and admiration for beauty.
J.W.GOETHE Trip in Italy 1787
Beyond the high rock wall that rises to peak, not far from the beach, there are two rocks, connected by a semicircle, whose shape, whatever it was by nature, has been transformed by art, so as to make it a hemicycle amphitheater for spectators.
At the foot and transversely to the stepped hemicycle, the scene was built, joining the two rocks and thus completing a gigantic work of art and nature.
If we place ourselves at the highest point, occupied by the ancient spectators, we must recognize that never, probably, a theater audience will see something similar.
I had the chills, looking at those images, listening to those beautiful and appropriate words of the ancient poets and listening to the sweetness of our guys’ song ……. and you?
It all started in July, while IL VOLO was in Taormina for the Notte Magica 2018 concert.
Salvo La Rosa, is a great friend and admirer of the boys, who has always supported and presented them, on various occasions in Sicily.
“In July, in front of a granita (al Bambar) I invited Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca to the GDS SHOW on September 15th in Taormina.
With generosity, IL VOLO, will participate in this magical evening.
The proceeds will be donated to charity.”
Then, even our friend Dave Monaco, (remember, the first singer taken under the new label of Torpedine and IL VOLO), lets us know that he will be present at the evening, with this message:
“Good morning friends, I am glad to tell you that I will be taking part in the GDS Show! It will be a great honor to share the stage with many artists and my friends of Il Volo, thank you very much to Salvo La Rosa for the invitation!
The entire proceeds of the evening will be donated to charity associations, so in addition to enjoying a great show, your participation will be a work of good.
I wait for you!”
The boys have returned to Taormina (I think with great pleasure). Here they are during the rehearsals of the show, together with the presenter of the evening, Salvo La Rosa.
Missing Piero, ultimately skipped the rehearsals, the scoundrel!
Piero has arrived!!
Here we are at the evening, the show started, in the splendid setting of the Greek Theater.
Thanks to our Deborah Georgini Beaupre, we have some very beautiful photos and videos.
Good thing that Deborah was able, at the last moment to find a ticket for the show.
The guys sang three songs: they started with L’AMORE SI MUOVE.
During the presentation, Salvo la Rosa, says that when the boys were in Taormina in July, he joined them and asked them if they would participate in the show and they immediately said yes!
Immediately after, they sang the splendid CARUSO.
In the interview after the songs, Salvo la Rosa asks the boys if they have a particular memory to tell. In fact, he himself, remembers when there was the first Italian concert, after the great success they had abroad and their first Italian concert was held here in Taormina.
Piero says it was frustrating for them, to be so successful abroad and not to sing in their country.
Salvo La Rosa remembers having hosted in one of his programs the guys from IL VOLO who said “We want to sing at home”.
Ignazio intervenes to point out joking, that they sing at home in the shower, but they wanted to sing in Italy.
Salvo goes on to say that Taormina has brought them luck.
Gianluca continues by saying that Taormina is now a fixed stop.
Piero adds that there are many friends, that Gianluca is Sicilian by adoption, that Ignazio taught Gianluca to speak Sicilian.
Gianluca pronounces two or three words in Sicilian and everyone laughs.
Salvo asks them for what they are preparing. Piero answers that they are working on a new album, because next year will be 10 years of their career.
Salvo says they were children, but success has been steady and growing.
Gianluca says that there is still a lot that they have to show and that they will be ready to surprise the public and their fans who have been following them for many years.
Salvo says that every time they post a photo of the guys or a video of them on social media it’s a success. He says that in an evening where love is celebrated, you stay and sing your GRANDE AMORE.
The beautiful GRANDE AMORE begins and as usual the audience sings with them.
This show has been recorded and will be streamed on September 27th at 9:30 pm Italian time at this link:www.gds.it, so those of you want to see, connect.
Some photos from Deborah:
But the most beautiful pictures Deborah made them in the afternoon, naturally in front of the Bambar.
Two out of three, Deborah, I think you can be satisfied, you also attended the show, we say you were in the right place at the right time. I’m very happy for you!!!
What a thrill, and then, as usual, Taormina offers a magnificent scenery, and the guys feel they are “at home”, so many people were there for them, and the guys, as usual, did not betray their fans’ expectations.
Thank you guys!!
Credit to owners of photos and also credit to Deborah for her photos and videos.
We are in July and the summer concerts are approaching.
The guys are releasing videos and interviews for the various concerts and I have seen and read what they said about the concerts of Taormina and Marostica and I found them very interesting so I will translate them for you.
This video is dedicated to the Taormina concert.
P = Saturday, July 28 we are waiting for you in the splendid setting of the Ancient Theater of Taormina, for a special evening to which we hold a lot, that is fundraising to support the AIRC (Italian Cancer Research Association) Sicilia committee, for research on pediatric tumors.
I= We all want to no longer have to talk about cancer, especially when we talk about the little ones.
This is why we need to support researchers who are looking for the most effective treatments to treat 100% of children.
G = All together we can help AIRC reach this milestone as soon as possible.
We are waiting for you in Taormina on Saturday 28th July, tickets are already available on Ticketone.
We give AIRC researchers an overpopulated Ancient Theater and we all say together:
P.I.G. = Against cancer, I am here!
This article, speaks of an interview made to the boys on the concert of Marostica, published by IL GIORNALE DI VICENZA.
On the wave of success that accompanies them for years without interruption, “Il Volo in concerto” will be one of the key events of the “Marostica Summer Festival” in Piazza degli Scacchi in Marostica on the evening of July 19th. The appointment with the three young ambassadors of Italian music is at 21.30 for an evening nominated to remain well impressed in the memory of the public.
Your success is international, but you will also be touring a small town like Marostica.
What is the value of small centers for you?“We were born and lived in small towns where we can truly appreciate the right human dimension, where everyone knows each other and, like in a big family, there can be friendship, solidarity and all those values that have allowed us to face the world together. without fear. So it’s essential for us to return to the atmosphere of the city”.
One of your historical performances was the “Tribute ai Tre tenori”, Pavarotti, Carreas and Domingo. Are you going to be their heirs?“It would never be possible to compare ourselves with the three, unique and true tenors who transformed the lyric into a language for the general public. Ours was a simple tribute. A reminder of our historical moment with our voices.”
Your success is indisputable. Why are the Italian song and voices so loved?“Perhaps because the history of Italian music is fascinating in itself. Or because the music speaks Italian and among the great voices, the most famous are born in Italy.”
And to those who criticize your “lyric-pop” what do you answer?“That everyone has the right to love the music that is most congenial to them. Clearly, not everyone can appreciate such a particular genre. We ourselves when out of the scene listen, love and sing all different music. We only have twenty years. Criticizing is a right. But denigrate not so much. If, then, there are those who do it, we can not but shrug. In Marostica it will be a unique, magical concert.”
In ten years, where do you see yourself?“For the moment we have already arrived, at ten years of career. We hope to go the same way and always have this great audience because everything happens thanks to the people who love you and support you.”
What to say, the video message is admirable, these guys really have a heart of gold.
And the interview in the newspaper? They said that Marostica will be a special concert, I cannot wait!
Hi – just a shout out to everyone experiencing these crazy and unusual weather phenomenas we are having right now… fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, any flooding, etc. It’s been a really crazy year for weather and I’m sure we will all be glad when the new year starts. Puerto Rico had a direct hit with Maria and I read the entire island is without power. Let’s pray that the guys keep missing all of this tragic weather and stay one step ahead! 🙂 One more bit of news – just a reminder that we will only be doing ONE POST per country. Brazil has 3 concertsalone from Sao Paolo, as well as Curitiba. Look for Curitiba/Sao Paolo next Monday.
Ok, now on with this lovely story from Daniela… In search of….
Summer was at the door. We usually spend part of August at the sea but this year we had the idea of going to Sicily.
My husband is Sicilian, but for 39 years we did not return to Sicily moreover, it was well known that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca would have had a whole month of holiday and with a pinch of luck we could meet at least one of them.
While I was preparing for the trip we would have traveled definitely train, as my husband does not like flying or even going to the ship. I keep reading news about Piero and Ignazio, because it is clear that Gianluca will spend his summer at Roseto.
I read right away that Ignazio stayed with Alessandra in Sardinia where IL VOLO had their last concert so I miss the hopes of seeing Ignazio because he will stay the summer in Sardinia.
I focus on Piero.
We had a very detailed program, which included visiting almost all Sicily and visiting many places and monuments.
Meeting one of the boys would be the icing on the cake.
Last year Piero and his brothers spent their holidays in Taormina
The evening before our visit to Taormina, I find out that Piero this year is not on vacation in Taormina, is in San Leone, darn, just this year had to change program ??
Even though I was a little disappointed, Taormina is always beautiful, I have seen the Greek Theater, a magnificent place for our guys concerts, and then the Botte where they often go to eat, the Metropole hotel where they stay and the Bambar where we also got a granite.
All places frequented by IL VOLO, but no trace of them.
That night, back to the B & B I realized what I call “the power of the union ILVOLO”, I phoned two virtual friendships known thanks to the common love for theboys. They live near the area where I was and so have come to know me, it was beautiful. I now know Melina (of which I posted the review of Taormina) and Nancy.
The next stage of the trip is Agrigento, but passing from Naro, the town of Piero.
I would never go to Piero’s house, I wanted to see the Castle and House Teca dedicated to him.
We arrive at Naro which was almost noon. It was incredibly hot. Beautiful country in the hinterland, with all tuff houses.
As Marie and Jane had told us the roads more go up and more tighten, we had thought to park down and walk on foot.
We did a long staircase and at last there is the castle, almost a manor thatdominates the valley. We take some photos and enter the courtyard. As I search the door of House Teca di Piero, a caretaker looks out and says “we are closing, we reopen at 4pm”, useless to insist.
We could not wait, we had an appointment at 3pm in Agrigento and definitely would not return to Naro again.
Darn it for the second time.
As we reach our destination in Agrigento, I see on the map the place where our B & B was very close to San Leone where Piero is spending the holidays, not even 3 miles. I’m very happy, I have another chance to see Piero.
The next day we wake up early, we have planned a beautiful hike to the VALLE OFTHE TEMPLES, an enchanting place full of history. We walk for hours under a burning sun, but what we have seen repays us from fatigue.
It’s 2 pm and we have not eaten yet. I suggest to my husband “we go to lunch at San Leone”?
We park at the harbor and have lunch and then take a long walk to the harbor, the nearby beach and the promenade.
Of Piero there is no shadow. It is very hot and we are tired of the day, we go back to the B & B for a shower and rest.
The next day we headed to the SCALE OF TURKS where Piero posted photos with friends and his watercraft.
Even here nothing Piero, but we still have it all afternoon and my dear husband still takes me to San Leone for an ice cream.
Again we walk back and forth on the waterfront, we stopped until evening, seeing a beautiful sunset and the lights of the night.
My husband was more disappointed for me, nothing Piero.
I thought maybe that day Piero had gone to visit his parents.
Patience. Let’s go back to the B & B. I connect to my phone that was unloaded and what do I see ??? Many photos of Piero just posted made in San Leone, exactlywhere we were up to 5 minutes before.
It is not possible, that anger.
I lost hope to see Piero.
The trip continues, we go to Palermo. As we travel, I keep reading the news from my cell phone and what do I find out? Ignatius is no longer in Sardinia, now he is in Marsala.
Evviva, Marsala is closer to Palermo, maybe I can even see Ignazio, my favorite !!
Palermo is a huge, beautiful, chaotic city, full of monuments and my husband’s birth town. After seeing Palermo in the long and wide, we decide to visit the surroundings also Erice very close to Marsala.
As we climb up the beautiful fortress of Erice what do we find out? Ignazio in thosedays is at Favignana, one of the Egadi Islands that you can see very well from thefortress of Erice, but to reach them you have to take the ship, which my husband will never do.
But Ignazio, why have not you been to Marsala for a few days yet? Darn, this opportunity is also lost.
Our trip is about to end, we have seen magnificent cities full of history and marinelandscapes of an enchanting blue color.
Sicily is truly enchanting, and the delicious food.
We did not meet Piero or Ignazio, patience there will be other occasions.
Returning home I saw photos of Ignazio and Piero published in the same places I was just before.
Darn, the guys did not synchronize the time with me.
Next time we will be better off, meanwhile Sicily is in my heart !!
Credit to owner of photos that I’m guessing are Beppe’s!
Once again, I sit before a blank page, wondering what will appear from my fingertips? Three more beautiful concerts, gone in a flash. They made the ancient stage come alive once more. Sicily – home to Piero and Ignazio. A special feeling for them. As in the picture below, they say they sang their first concert in Italy from that stage. It was there that Italy first heard, live, the beautiful words of “Memory” sung by Ignazio, Gian’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and Piero’s “No Puede Ser.” In those moments, Italy finally knew what they had been missing; what the Americans already knew! They are greeted by friends and family wherever they go, but home is always a special place. As you watch the many videos and pictures that came through, there was no doubt that Piero and Ignazio were having a grande time. Even Ginaluca joined in the fun on occasion! I was fortunate to hear a little bit of the June 1 & 3 concert live, thanks to Ivolomusic on Instagram, however, they did not seem to do it for the last concert – but I was home, ready and waiting! I heard Piero’s solo and Tonight from Ignazio and a few others. Glorious as always. The same, yet different. The stage and the lighting there was beautiful, as only Taormina and the Teatro Antica can be. So, here we are with some clips and pictures of some of those glorious nights. I apologize, I might not know which night is which, but the video usually indicates it. Credit to all owners.
This picture below from Il Volo music – they say “our first concert was on this stage!”
Picture above…. saying goodbye to Taormina… (wonder if Igna had been having some bad hair days? He seems to be wearing this Madrid cap in many photos!)
Look at the beauty and lights of that backdrop below!
Ok, don’t know how they do it, but it looks like this is a good portion of most of the concert! June 1, 2017 Enjoy!
And this, the guys having a little fun in the streets! Note Maria Grazia filming with her phone… 🙂 Dani/Daniela, or if anyone can translate what they are singing or saying, that would be fun! It seems like it’s impromptu?
One more thing to add that I thought was pretty cool, if you missed it. This is from Il Volo Music’s FaceBook page. I think you can actually hear the orchestra flub a bit! If you keep watching the videos, there are some really great ones! (Watch for Piero in his dressing room in the 2nd one… 😉 ) Hope the link works!
Yes, 3 more down and still many more to come! The guys do get a bit of a break, but are then off to Malta on June 8!
Just a little side note….don’t know how many have noticed, but our Il Volo Flight Crew Instagram account has been deactivated. I hear this has been going around, as well as some getting their virtual hands slapped by FaceBook. Please be cautious out there on what you post. I don’t know how they are making these decisions, but I know a few of our crew members have been affected by it.
Also a special shout-out to Jane & Daniela for keeping this site at a cruising altitude…. 🙂
Come in and share the love of life, friends and Il Volo!