This year's Holy Week celebrations have obviously been put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic but it doesn't mean that any form of celebration by way of the arts has to be put on hold as well.
This Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, Grammy nominee and Classical Brit and World Music Awardee, not to mention global icon, Andrea Bocelli will be giving a solo performance, entitled "Music For Hope" at the historic Duomo, Cathedral of Milan, in Italy by invitation of the city and of the Cathedral.
This time, as compared to other performances, it will be made with no audience and strictly no access for the public. On the plus side, the concert will be exclusively streamed live and globally on the tenor's YouTube channel.
The concert will be shown 6pm UK Time, 10am PST, and 1pm EST, in the hopes of uniting the world in the face of this deadly global pandemic.
The multi-nominated and awarded tenor will be accompanied only by the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli, and will be playing one of world’s largest pipe organs. The carefully selected repertoire, specially arranged for solo voice and organ for the occasion, will include the well-loved Ave Maria setting by Bach/Gounod and Mascagni’s Sancta Maria, of which both are uplifting and sacred music repertoire on a day symbolic of the renewal of life.
Bocelli, with the Foundation that carries his name, is currently involved in an emergency COVID-19 campaign. The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) has started a fundraiser to help hospitals purchase all the instrumentation and equipment necessary to protect their medical staff.
For those who are interested, It is possible to donate through the GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wk67wc-abfxcamerino or by contacting the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, by writing to email@example.com.
The iconic tenor burst onto the music scene back in 1995 when he recorded and released the single, "Con Te Partiro". Later the English version would become a duet with another pop-classical icon and the original Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera, Sarah Brightman. The singer was born with poor eyesight and became completely blind at the age of 12, following a football accident.