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Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park

Airs Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 a.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of 2011 WNET/ Joseph Sinnott

Above: Soprano Pretty Yende joins tenor Andrea Bocelli in a free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn.

Courtesy of Andrea Bocelli

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Beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli performs a free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn, with the New York Philharmonic conducted by its music director Alan Gilbert.

Widely regarded as the most popular Italian tenor in the world with more than 70 million albums sold, Bocelli was joined that rainy, windswept evening by pop stars Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster.

Sopranos Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and flutist Andrea Griminelli are also part of the spectacular evening, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director. Bocelli presented a varied repertoire that includes well known arias, fan favorites and some new surprises.

Bocelli’s performance was the latest in a rich tradition of memorable free concerts in Central Park which, over the years, has included such notable performers as Barbra Streisand, Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Garth Brooks, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and Bon Jovi.

Before the concert, Bocelli nostalgically reflected, "I cannot help but smile when thinking about the upcoming concert in Central Park. It was my father's dream, and my father was right, because my artistic path would have been entirely different without the strong and sincere embrace of this extraordinary city where everything is possible, even when it seems impossible. My father will not be there, but I can count on his blessing and his kind and gentle smile to give me courage. My mother, sitting in the front row, will feel my father, too, and they will be together again just like when I was a little boy performing on the fireplace steps. Perhaps they had secretly dreamed that I might have the opportunity to perform in New York City, and maybe right here in Central Park."

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Preview: Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park

Beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli performs a free concert on Central Park's Great Lawn, with the New York Philharmonic conducted by its music director Alan Gilbert.

Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park: Pretty Yende

Guest artist Pretty Yende, of South Africa, discusses how it is a dream come true that she is able to perform with Andrea in New York City.

Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park: Celine Dion

Guest artist Celine Dion talks about the magic of Andrea Bocelli, and his ability to make you experience things as he does.

Andrea Bocelli Interview

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