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BOCELLI TO PERFORM FOLLOWED BY PRIVATE NIAF RECEPTION
PHILADELPHIA'S FIRST UNION CENTER
** Proceeds to Benefit
the NIAF Andrea Bocelli Scholarship **
January 12, 2001) Acclaimed Italian tenor
Andrea Bocelli will perform Sunday evening, March
25 at First Union Center in Philadelphia
as part of his Spring 2001 North America Tour. The
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host a private
dessert reception immediately following Bocelli's concert at
First Union for a select group of people who have purchased
their premium concert tickets through the Foundation.
The NIAF has
secured 200 of some of the best seats in the house, including 40
first row-seats. Proceeds from the NIAF private post-concert
reception and concert tickets will benefit the NIAF Andrea
Bocelli Scholarship and are partially tax deductible.
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
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.
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,
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.
NIAF concert and private reception package is $500 per person
with a limited amount of front row seats at $1,000 each. 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.