The NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION

Andrea Bocelli Concert Followed by Private Reception at Staples Center in Los Angeles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106202/939-3106 or202/939-3106 elissa@niaf.org


(WASHINGTON, DC – October 25, 2001) Acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform Friday evening, November 30th at 7:30 PM at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles as part of his Fall/Winter 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 to benefit the NIAF/Bocelli Scholarship in Music. The NIAF has secured 100 of the best seats in the house, including select first row-seats.

The NIAF benefit concert and private reception package will sell for $500 per person, with the proceeds of $100 per person to benefit the NIAF Andrea Bocelli Scholarship. All seats are in the VIP section. A limited number of first and second row seats for $1,000 are available.

“We look forward to listening to one of the great tenors of our era, Andrea Bocelli,” said Joseph Cerrell, NIAF president and Los Angeles public affairs executive. “Andrea has been a wonderful friend to our Foundation by giving a portion of the proceeds to a NIAF scholarship established in his name,” added Cerrell. The VIP tickets with post-concert reception will be sold on a “first-come, first-served basis.” For tickets, contact: Michael Sanzi at 202/387-0600 michael@niaf.org.

In October 2000, Andrea Bocelli received the National Italian American Foundation’s 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.

Andrea Bocelli has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide since he entered the American music scene in 1997 with the release of his CD, 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.