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Contact: Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AT FT. LAUDERDALE'S
NATIONAL CAR CENTER
DC- February 20, 2001) Acclaimed Italian tenor
Andrea Bocelli will perform Thursday evening, March
22 at the National Car Rental Center in Ft. Lauderdale as
part of his Spring 2001 North America Tour. The
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host a private
reception immediately following Bocelli's concert for people who
have purchased their premium concert tickets through the
Foundation. The NIAF has secured 100 of some of the best seats
in the house, including 40 first row-seats.
October 2000, Andrea Bocelli received the
National Italian American Foundation's Year 2000 U.S./Italy
Friendship Award during the NIAF gala awards dinner in
Washington, DC . President Clinton, Muhammad Ali and over 3,100
prominent Italians and Italian American leaders in business,
sports, entertainment, the professions, and government attended
the dinner. Bocelli also performed via
satellite with the Boccherino Institute Youth Orchestra from
Lucca, Italy during the NIAF gala in honor of the Foundation's
25th anniversary. Illness prevented Bocelli from
accepting his award in person.
Bocelli has sold more than 20 million records worldwide since he
entered the American music scene in 1997 with the release of his
album, Romanza and the single "Con Te Partirò"
(Time To Say Goodbye). Romanza topped the charts in
more than 13 countries and sold more than 500,000 copies in the
U.S. alone during the first three months of its release.
In 1999, Bocelli
received his first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, while
four of his albums charted simultaneously on the Billboard
Top 200 chart, a feat achieved only twice in recent memory by
Garth Brooks and U2. Last year also marked Bocelli's American
opera debut with the Detroit Opera Company. Today, millions of
Americans continue to watch his PBS television specials and
listen to his four platinum albums, Romanza, Aria, Sogno, and
Sacred Arias. On September 12, 2000, his sixth album Verdi
was released. Bocelli's first complete opera recording, La
Bohème, was released on November 7, 2000.
The special NIAF
concert tickets are being sold at their face value of $350 per
person. NIAF VIP tickets and reception tickets will be sold on a
"first-come, first-served basis." For tickets, please
contact: Lisa Pitocco at 202/387-0600 x 40.