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Andrea Bocelli: Live in Central Park

Premiere: 12/2/2011 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this spectacular concert and experience the artistry of the world’s most popular tenor. Recorded on a rainy night in September 2011 in one of the world’s most iconic parks, stars Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster joined classical performers for a mix of opera and pop as a gift of music to the city of New York.

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Airs beginning Saturday, November 27 on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.

Airs Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

“Star singer Andrea Bocelli dazzled thousands with his signature brand of pop and opera on a cold, wet night in New York City’s Central Park, which will be etched in his memory as an important career milestone.”

So it was reported by Reuters news agency a day after the historic event which saw the tenor following in the distinguished footsteps of opera superstars Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, both of whom have given memorable Central Park performances.

Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of music director Alan Gilbert, the spectacular event was Bocelli’s special gift to New York City. The program is the New York-based offering of the multi-city PBS Arts Fall Festival, which includes four Great Performances productions. Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn is the evening’s host.

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, and from the classical world, bass baritone Bryn Terfel, sopranos Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende, and violinist Nicola Benedetti, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Joe Miller. Bocelli presented a varied repertoire that includes well known arias, fan favorites, and some new surprises.

Since Great Performances introduced American television audiences to Bocelli with 1997’s Romanza concert, Bocelli has been featured in a notable series of Great Performances specials, including Sacred Arias, Amore, Vivere, My Christmas and American Dream, his spectacular “Statue of Liberty” concert from New Jersey’s Liberty State Park.

The night began promisingly as the setting sun cast a golden glow on the New York skyline, but as Maestro Gilbert struck up the portentous strains of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino overture, a light but steady rain fell over the crowd of some tens of thousands of New Yorkers, and those who had come much farther, to see him. Though umbrellas were raised, and a chilly wind began to blow, fans were swept up in the beauty of the music and the presence of their idol. “In spite of the rain and cold, you are heroes,” Bocelli assured the adoring crowd.

The first act of stirring operatic selections including Verdi and Puccini favorites gave way to more popular fare in the second including duets with Celine Dion and Tony Bennett.

The program:

La Forza del Destino Ouverture
Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic

“La donna ė mobile” (Rigoletto)
Andrea Bocelli

“Di quella pira” (Il Trovatore)
Andrea Bocelli

“Va Tosca! (Te Deum)” (Tosca)
Bryn Terfel, Choir

“Ave Maria ‘Ellens dritter Gesang’”
Andrea Bocelli

“Vicino a te s’acqueta” (Andrea Chenier)
Andrea Bocelli, Ana Maria Martinez

“Au fond du temple saint” (Les Pêcheurs de Perles)
Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel

“O Soave Fanciulla” (La Bohème)
Andrea Bocelli, Pretty Yende

“Libiano ne’lieti calici” (La Traviata)
Andrea Bocelli, Pretty Yende, Choir

“Home on the Range”
Bryn Terfel, Choir

“En Aranjuez con tu amor”
Andrea Bocelli, Nicola Benedetti (violin)

“’O Sole Mio”
Andrea Bocelli, Choir

“Once Upon a Time in the West”
Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Chris Botti (trumpet)

“Volare”
Andrea Bocelli, David Foster

“The Prayer”
Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, David Foster

“New York, New York”
Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett

“Amazing Grace”
Andrea Bocelli, Choir

“Time to Say Goodbye”
Andrea Bocelli, Ana Maria Martinez, Choir

“Nessun Dorma” (Turandot) (encore)
Andrea Bocelli, Choir

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.”

Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET New York Public Media, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local arts programming to the New York community.

Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park is directed by David Horn. For Great Performances, Mitch Owgang and Andrea Cotromano are producers; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn and Filippo Sugar are executive producers.

Barilla is the main sponsor of the concert event and the television broadcast. Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by Vivian Milstein, the Starr Foundation, the Irene Diamond Fund, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Joseph A. Wilson, public television viewers, and PBS.

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♪♪♪ -Welcome to one of the most iconic parks in the world, New York City's Central Park.

Tonight, tens of thousands of New Yorkers are gathered on the Great Lawn as they await to be serenaded by the international superstar, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

I'm Paula Zahn, and, as you can see, the stage is set and the musicians are in place in anticipation of an evening that Mr. Bocelli calls his gift to New York City.

And what a gift it promises to be.

Join us as 'Great Performances' presents 'Andrea Bocelli: Live in Central Park.'

♪♪♪ -Major funding for 'Great Performances' is provided by... ...supporting the arts and education... And by contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you.

Thank you.

Funding for this program is also provided by... [ Gulls calling ] -With the New York City skyline as a dramatic backdrop, it's a beautiful evening to stretch out a blanket And listen to 'Andrea Bocelli: Live in Central Park.'

Andrea Bocelli is truly a musical phenomenon with a unique career that straddles the worlds of popular and classical music.

Tonight we'll get a rare taste of both, as Andrea has invited stars from those two worlds to join him.

We can expect operatic arias, Neapolitan songs, some of his well-known hits, and certainly a surprise or two from the beloved tenor.

Hi. I'm Paula Zahn, and along with my good friends at public television, I'm thrilled to help bring you this once-in-a-lifetime concert.

Earlier, Andrea told us it has long been a dream of his to perform in Central Park.

Well, tonight, with the able assistance of the renowned New York Philharmonic under the baton of its music director, Alan Gilbert, that dream comes true for him and for us.

It rained here earlier, but the sky seems to be clearing as the crowd of more than 50,000 enters the park.

Over the years, the Great Lawn has showcased concerts by Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Garth Brooks and Luciano Pavarotti.

Tonight, Andrea Bocelli joins that most exclusive club.

To help us begin unwrapping this gift to New Yorkers and all of you watching at home, Maestro Gilbert has chosen the powerful and stirring overture from Verdi's 'La Forza del Destino' -- 'The Force of Destiny.'

[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] And with the final powerful chords of Verdi's 'La Forza del Destino,' Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic have gotten our concert off to a rousing start on this chilly evening.

For New Yorkers, the Philharmonic is not only a treasure but truly an institution, as it approaches its 170th birthday.

The wait is over for this enormous crowd as the man of the hour, tenor Andrea Bocelli, takes the stage of the Great Lawn.

To begin the concert, he has chosen a favorite of the tenor repertoire, 'La donna e mobile' from Verdi's opera 'Rigoletto.'

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Although he's performed in New York before, most notably on Liberty Island overlooking the Twin Towers in the year 2000 and, poignantly, at the memorial for the victims of 9/11 less than a year later, performing here is always very special for Andrea.

It was his late father who inspired the dream that he sing outdoors in New York City, and with his mother in the audience tonight, that dream is fulfilled.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Andrea Bocelli has just performed the thrilling 'Di Quella Pira' from Verdi's 'Il Trovatore.'

-It's a big pleasure and honor to share the pleasure of this concert with a big friend of mine, big artist, big man.

Ladies and gentlemen, Bryn Terfel.

-Bryn Terfel, one of the brightest stars of the Metropolitan Opera.

He is currently playing Wotan, the king of the gods, in the new Met production of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Tonight he takes on another famous role, Puccini's lecherous villain, Scarpia.

-I can't hear you!

Thank you very much!

Well, I have to thank Andrea for his invitation to the party in the park.

Now then, the son of a sheep farmer from North Wales is very happy to be here.

This next scene comes from the opera 'Tosca,' by Puccini, and the very, very evil Baron Scarpia, who's the chief of police, is lusting after the prima donna Floria Tosca.

♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Laughs menacingly ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -With that powerful performance, Bryn Terfel, Alan Gilbert, and the New York Philharmonic along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, bring down the house -- actually, our temporary concert hall in Central Park.

Andrea Bocelli returns to the stage to perform quite possibly the most well-known sacred aria, Franz Schubert's 'Ave Maria.'

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -An inspirational moment for this huge crowd from Andrea Bocelli.

We'll return to Central Park right after this brief intermission.

So powerful, so moving, Justin so Bocelli, right?

That's right.

Ave Maria is a beloved classic for a great reason, and I get chills every time I hear Andrea Bocelli singing.

Absolutely.

He brings such a warmth and sweetness to what is really a humble Catholic prayer set of course to Franz Schubert's enduringly beautiful melody.

And there is so much more beautiful music ahead, more arias and popular hits from Andrea Bocelli and more exciting guests like Celine Dion, David Foster, and the legendary Tony Bennett.

Yes, so awesome.

We are looking forward to that.

I'm Justin Guarini here with Stacey Sweet in Central Park, not far from the Great Lawn, where Bocelli's unforgettable concert took place in 2011.

70,000 people.

That's a lot of people.

Yeah.

Attended this concert through rough weather at times, but the gathering of so many incredible artists made this a truly historical event in music history that hasn't been matched since.

How could it be?

We are so thrilled to be bringing it back in recognition of its 10th anniversary.

10 years.

Yeah.

I can't believe that because when we think about how much has changed since then, a lot, and it's a comfort to know that PBS is still and always a place where we can all come together and celebrate art and music and so much.

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-Welcome back to the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park.

Joining Andrea Bocelli as he returns to the stage is Puerto Rican-born lyric soprano Ana María Martínez.

Miss Martínez is reunited tonight not only with Mr. Bocelli, with whom she has toured, but also with Maestro Gilbert, who led her in her tribute to Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall in selections from another great New York City institution, the musical 'West Side Story.'

♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Umberto Giordano's beautiful and dramatic 'Vicino a te' performed by Andrea Bocelli and the very talented Ana María Martínez.

Nothing says 'opera' like two lovers being led off to the guillotine together, don't you think?

Bryn Terfel returns to the stage, but this time he and Mr. Bocelli will combine their powerful voices to the thrill of the thousands gathered here on the Great Lawn.

Buddies in real life, Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel will now perform Bizet's buddy song from his opera 'The Pearl Fishers.'

♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ - ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -A rousing reception for an equally rousing song of friendship, brilliantly performed by Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel.

Up next, Andrea Bocelli returns, this time with a rising star of the opera world -- South African-born Pretty Yende.

As a child, Miss Yende's first exposure to opera was hearing the flower duet from Delibes' 'Lakme' in a British Airways commercial and was immediately hooked.

This summer she won Placido Domingo's prestigious Operalia Competition.

She joins Andrea Bocelli for one of Puccini's most adored and romantic duets, from 'La Boheme.'

-Thank you to be here.

Because, in spite of the rain and the cold, you are really heroes.

Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -What a beautiful duet, brilliantly performed by Andrea Bocelli and Pretty Yende.

Here's to love!

And here's to another duet, which celebrates toasts of all kinds -- the drinking song from Giuseppi Verdi's 'La Traviata.'

For those of you at home, cheers!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -And with that ovation, we come to the end of the operatic portion of our concert here on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park, but there's much more to come.

As promised, Andrea Bocelli's 'gift to New York' is a gift that will keep on giving, including more special guest stars, as well as some of Andrea Bocelli's biggest hits.

But right now, in this short intermission, why not give a gift of your own to your public television station, without whom you wouldn't be enjoying this wonderful concert?

Pick up the phone, grab the nearest mobile device or fire up your computer and get in touch with your public television station to let them know this is the kind of programming you want to see.

We'll be right back to New York City's Great Lawn after this short break.

Wow.

It is so moving to hear all four of those incredible artists sing together.

Powerful.

Yes, right, exactly powerful.

And talk about the harmony of their great friendships too.

It's great that we get to relive this incredible night in 2011 here on this PBS station And, you know, Justin supporting each other, it's what it's all about onstage and off.

And despite the rain that fell on the night of this concert, the audience was in slickers with umbrellas very wet.

Yeah.

But no one missed a beat of this showstopping performance.

And PBS was there bringing it to you live that night, and now we're back to relive that magic once again all together.

That's right.

The way they held the performance together was absolutely amazing.

A light, steady rain didn't discourage Andrea Bocelli or tens of thousands of his fans from coming together for an evening of beautiful music.

I'm Justin Guarini back with the wonderful Stacy Sweet.

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Now, let's return to more of that thrilling night in 2011 with Andrea Bocelli in Central Park.

-Welcome back to the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park for more of tonight's 'gift to New York' from the great Andrea Bocelli.

I'm Paula Zahn.

And as Mr. Bocelli and Maestro Gilbert take the stage, opera takes a back seat to contemporary music.

-Italy, it's the country where opera was born, but not only.

Recently we had also wonderful composers of music for movies, and tonight for the first time in my life, I will perform some beautiful melodies, music of Riz Ortolani and Ennio Morricone.

Thank you.

[ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ I woke ♪ ♪ And you were there ♪ ♪ Beside me in the night ♪ ♪ You touched me ♪ ♪ And calmed my fear ♪ ♪ Turned darkness ♪ ♪ To light ♪ ♪ To light ♪ ♪ I woke ♪ ♪ And saw you there ♪ ♪ Beside me ♪ ♪ As before ♪ ♪ My heart leapt ♪ ♪ To find you near ♪ ♪ To feel you close ♪ ♪ Once more ♪ ♪ To feel your love ♪ ♪ Once more ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ Your strength ♪ ♪ Has made me strong ♪ ♪ Though life ♪ ♪ Tore us apart ♪ ♪ And now when ♪ ♪ The night seems long ♪ ♪ Your love shines ♪ ♪ In my heart ♪ ♪ Your love shines ♪ ♪ In my heart ♪ ♪ In my heart ♪ ♪ In my heart ♪ [ Applause ] Now, there's another big friend of us, friend of all of us.

I'm sure you know -- you know him very well.

Ladies and gentlemen, David Foster.

[ Cheers and applause ] -Mr. Foster has been called 'The Hit Man,' and for good reason, having not only composed a score of hit songs himself, but also having discovered and nurtured some huge stars along the way.

[ Cheers and applause ] -Good evening, Andrea. -Hi, David.

-I was out there with the people, listening to the concert, and you are -- I don't know if you can say this on TV -- but, you are singing your ass off.

[ Laughter ] It is unbelievable!

It sounds so great.

I wanted to say that Andrea and I have worked together a lot, and we have great fun together.

And, as he mentioned, a couple of the composers -- Morricone -- but there's a lot of Italian -- popular Italian songs that became big in America, and this one was from 1962.

And it won a Grammy for Riz Ortolani.

And when I said to Andrea that we should do this song, like, amore style, kind of sexy like Andrea Bocelli... he said... he said, 'No, we must do it the way America knows it, the way New York knows it, because it was known as a swing song with Frank Sinatra.'

So, we're going to do it big band style.

And we have a special treat.

Would you like to introduce our friend who's going to play trumpet with us?

-He's another big friend of ours, the greatest instrumentalist, Chris Botti.

-Chris Botti, everyone!

[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ More than the greatest love ♪ ♪ The world has known ♪ ♪ This is the love ♪ ♪ I give to you alone ♪ ♪ More than the simple words ♪ ♪ I try to say ♪ ♪ I only live ♪ ♪ To love you more ♪ ♪ Each day ♪ ♪ More than you'll ever know ♪ ♪ My arms long to hold you so ♪ ♪ My life will be in your keeping ♪ ♪ Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping ♪ ♪ Longer than always ♪ ♪ Is a long, long time ♪ ♪ But far beyond forever you'll be mine ♪ ♪ I know I've never lived before ♪ ♪ And my heart is very sure ♪ ♪ No one else could love you more ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ More than you'll ever know ♪ ♪ My arms long to hold you so ♪ ♪ My life will be in your keeping ♪ ♪ Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping ♪ ♪ Longer than always ♪ ♪ Is a long, long time ♪ ♪ But far beyond forever ♪ ♪ You're gonna be mine ♪ ♪ I know I've never lived before ♪ ♪ And my heart is very sure ♪ ♪ No one else could love you ♪ ♪ More ♪ ♪ More ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -No stranger to public television himself, Chris Botti has thrilled more than a few huge crowds like this one, and has probably stolen a few hearts along the way.

-Nice one, Chris. -Thank you, David.

-Andrea, swinging like Sinatra. Amazing.

Incredible, there's nothing this man cannot do.

And that leads us to this next song, which is another great Italian pop song.

Do you want to talk about this song a little bit?

-I think that everyone can sing with us tonight.

[ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ [ Applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -By the way, I don't know if it's been said tonight or not, but the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is absolutely stunning!

[ Cheers and applause ] Alan, brilliant. Incredible.

Andrea and I had the great pleasure of working with this next lady about 12 years ago, and my friend Carole Bayer Sager and I wrote this song for them, and, Andrea, maybe you'd like to talk a little bit about, before we introduce her, about the song and Elizabeth, who was your dear friend and you wanted to dedicate this.

-But your English is much better than my English so... -But you're Andrea Bocelli and I'm not, so... Well, Andrea and Elizabeth Taylor had a great love affair together... Not literally, but, um... Although maybe they did, I don't know.

But Elizabeth had such great love, as we all do here, for Andrea, and he wanted to dedicate this song in her memory this evening.

And I want to introduce to you my -- I guess -- my two favorite singers in the world.

One of them standing beside me, and this next one singer, who, I don't know what else to say except she is the one -- I'm Canadian -- the one, the only Céline Dion!

[ Applause ] -Good evening. Hello. How are you?

[ Applause ] [ Cheering ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ I pray you'll be our eyes ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] ♪ And watch us where we go ♪ ♪ And help us to be wise ♪ ♪ In times when we don't know ♪ ♪ Let this be our prayer ♪ ♪ When we lose our way ♪ ♪ Lead us to a place ♪ ♪ Guide us with your grace ♪ ♪ To a place where we'll be safe ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ I pray we'll find your light ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ And hold it in our hearts ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ When stars go out each night ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ Oh ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ Let this be our prayer ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ When shadows fill our day ♪ -♪ Lead us to a place ♪ -♪ Guide us with your grace ♪ -♪ Give us faith so we'll be safe ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ We ask that life be kind ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ And watch us from above ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ We hope each soul will find ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ Another soul to love ♪ -♪ Let this be our prayer ♪ -♪ Let this be our prayer ♪ -♪ Just like every child ♪ -♪ Just like every child ♪ -♪ Needs to find a place ♪ ♪ Guide us with your grace ♪ ♪ Give us faith so we'll be safe ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion performing David Foster's Oscar-nominated song, 'The Prayer.'

-Thank you, Céline!

-Thank you, everybody! Thank you, New York!

Good night!

[ Cheers and applause ] -Beautiful lady. Wonderful friend.

Thank you, Céline Dion. Thank you, David Foster.

-This is a night New Yorkers will remember for a very long time.

And, thanks to public television, it's a night you won't soon forget, either.

We'll be right back to New York City's Great Lawn after this short break.

That was so awesome Justin.

I am completely in awe of all the talent on that stage all at once.

Yeah.

Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli really brought down the house with that amazing duet.

You know, it's so powerful, it's inspirational, and they really deliver, don't they?

Yes they do.

I think 'The Prayer' was like a religious experience for all of us, and I wish I could have been in that crowd with you, seventy thousand people to witness this concert in person.

That's right.

What a treat.

So do I would have loved to have been there, but it's great to be able to enjoy it now here on this PBS station.

Hi everybody, I'm Justin Guarani with Stacey Sweet here in beautiful Central Park.

Revisiting this landmark concert from 2011 has been an unmatched experience even for PBS.

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But first, let's hear from Celine Dion.

Well, he definitely has his own way of touching people's heart.

I said once I think that he had the voice of an angel and I think he does.

It's very touching for people to see this man who has been closing his eyes, pretty much all his life, but he's got such a wonderful way to communicate, and he makes us see things, hear and feel things his way.

And that's the magic and that's the talent of his voice.

He serves music beautifully.

And whoever's on stage with him and can sing and be close to a concert with him.

I think it's a privilege.

Well you know, it's not easy to follow Celine Dion.

No.

But we'll give it a try.

It's so nice to hear from her, and she'll be back soon in performance with Andrea Bocelli.

So amazing.

You know, leading up to this concert, Andrea Bocelli said, I can't help but smile when thinking about the concert in Central Park, and I have had a smile you too.

Yeah.

On our faces for this entire show.

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-Welcome back to the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park for more of tonight's 'gift to New York' from the great Andrea Bocelli.

I'm Paula Zahn, and from where I stand here tonight on our broadcast stage, I see a lot of determined New Yorkers braving the rain and the chill in the air to hear singing sensation Andrea Bocelli.

There are more stars of the music world to come as we await the return of Mr. Bocelli and his special guests.

Up next, music more associated with the gardens of Spain -- Joaquin Rodrigo's 'En Aranjuez con tu amor,' performed by Andrea Bocelli and the captivating young Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Originally composed for classical guitar, this arrangement came from another New York Philharmonic music director and violinist, Lorin Maazel.

♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] Beautiful.

Nicola Benedetti.

-Next, a song so associated with Italy that during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, when the music to Italy's national anthem couldn't be found, the conductor played this song instead.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Eduardo Di Capua's timeless classic, 'O Sole Mio,' performed by Andrea Bocelli, the New York Philharmonic and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, all under the baton of Maestro Alan Gilbert.

Bryn Terfel returns to the stage for a song you might not expect from this famous opera baritone.

-Thank you very much.

This next song my grandfather used to sing to me and whistle to me.

You might know it, and if you want to join in and say that you've sang with us here in Central Park, I'd love to hear you singing in harmony, please.

[ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ Oh, give me a home ♪ ♪ Where the buffalo roam ♪ ♪ Where the deer and the antelope play ♪ ♪ Where seldom is heard ♪ ♪ A discouraging word ♪ ♪ And the skies are not cloudy all day ♪ ♪ Home ♪ ♪ Home on the range ♪ ♪ Where the deer and the antelope play ♪ ♪ Where seldom is heard ♪ ♪ A discouraging word ♪ ♪ And the skies are not cloudy all day ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ How often at night ♪ ♪ When the heavens are bright ♪ ♪ With the light from the glittering stars ♪ ♪ Have I stood here amazed ♪ ♪ And asked as I gazed ♪ ♪ If their glory exceeds ♪ ♪ That of ours ♪ All together!

-♪ Home, home on the range ♪ ♪ Where the deer and the antelope play ♪ ♪ Where seldom is heard ♪ ♪ A discouraging word ♪ -♪ And the skies are not cloudy ♪ ♪ All day ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪♪ -♪ Home, home on the range ♪ ♪ Where the deer and the antelope play ♪ ♪ Where seldom is heard ♪ ♪ A discouraging word ♪ ♪ And the skies ♪ ♪ Are not cloudy ♪ ♪ All day ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -How much fun was that?

That certainly was not what you would expect to hear in Central Park.

And while we often associate opera singers with concert halls and big city life, Bryn Terfel himself is the son of a farmer from a small village, so he's quite at home on the range.

♪♪♪ -♪ Amazing grace ♪ ♪ How sweet the sound ♪ ♪ That saved a wretch ♪ ♪ Like me ♪ ♪ I once was lost ♪ ♪ But now am found ♪ ♪ Was blind but now ♪ ♪ I see ♪ ♪ 'Twas grace ♪ ♪ That taught ♪ ♪ My heart ♪ ♪ To fear ♪ ♪ And grace ♪ ♪ My fears ♪ ♪ Relieved ♪ ♪ How precious did ♪ ♪ That grace appear ♪ ♪ The hour ♪ ♪ I first ♪ ♪ Believed ♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ Yea, when this flesh ♪ ♪ And heart shall fail ♪ ♪ And mortal life ♪ ♪ Shall cease ♪ ♪ I shall possess ♪ ♪ Within the veil ♪ ♪ A life of joy ♪ ♪ And peace ♪ ♪ Amazing grace ♪ ♪ How sweet the sound ♪ ♪ That saved a wretch ♪ ♪ Like me ♪ ♪ I once was lost ♪ ♪ But now am found ♪ ♪ Was blind ♪ ♪ But now ♪ ♪ I see ♪ ♪ Was blind ♪ ♪ But now ♪ ♪ I see ♪ ♪ I see ♪ ♪ I see ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Andrea Bocelli with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and the always-moving 'Amazing Grace.'

We'll be back to New York City's Great Lawn after this short break.

If I can make it there, I'm going to make it anywhere.

It's up to you.

Me.

New York.

New York.

New York.

Very good.

Great.

I mean, wow.

Amazing.

And that was just a sample of Bocelli and Bennett rehearsing their big number, which is coming up soon.

But before that?

How about Andrea Bocelli and the Westminster Symphonic Choir?

How about that?

I mean.

What do you say about that?

Right well, you could say it was a breathtaking performance, which it was.

Well because it was all in the title, Justin.

A simply amazing cover of 'Amazing Grace,' and it really was just heavenly.

Yeah.

I actually think I felt my soul awaken.

You know?

The power of music so special.

And when you hear Bocelli's voice, it really is so moving.

Yes.

And this performance.

It's just a spiritual and communal experience that we can all share together.

And that's what makes it so special.

Absolutely right.

Amen to that.

This concert is filled with so many moments of incredible bliss.

And like you said, we can all share them together right here on PBS.

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David was so right when he talked about the enduring appeal of PBS.

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Now back to Andrea Bocelli and Tony Bennett for an unforgettable duet of 'New York, New York.'

-This New York City crowd just can't get enough and wants more.

Next, Andrea has another treat for his New York audience, as the stars have finally broken through the clouds.

Now we have another... another big surprise.

[ Cheers and applause ] A legend -- Tony Bennett!

[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪ Start spreading the news ♪ ♪ I'm leaving today ♪ ♪ I want to be a part of it ♪ ♪ New York, New York ♪ ♪ These vagabond shoes ♪ ♪ Are longing to stray ♪ ♪ Right through ♪ ♪ The very heart of it ♪ ♪ New York, New York ♪ ♪ I want to wake up ♪ ♪ In a city that doesn't sleep ♪ ♪ And find I'm ♪ ♪ King of the hill ♪ ♪ Top of the heap ♪ -♪ These little town blues ♪ ♪ Are melting away ♪ ♪ I'll make a brand-new start of it ♪ ♪ In old New York ♪ ♪ If I can make it there ♪ ♪ I'll make it anywhere ♪ -♪ It's up to you ♪ ♪ New York, New York ♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ New York ♪ -♪ New York ♪ -♪ I want to wake up ♪ ♪ In a city that never sleeps ♪ ♪ And find I'm a-number one ♪ ♪ Top of the list ♪ ♪ King of the hill ♪ ♪ A-number one ♪ -♪ These little town blues ♪ ♪ Are melting away ♪ -♪ I'm gonna make a brand-new start of it ♪ ♪ In old New York ♪ ♪ And ♪ -♪ If we can make it there ♪ -♪ If I can make it there ♪ -♪ We'll make it everywhere ♪ -♪ I'm gonna make it anywhere ♪ -♪ It's up to you ♪ ♪ New York, New York ♪ ♪ New York ♪ ♪ New York ♪ -Yeah.

[ Cheers and applause ] -What a moment as the crowd applauds local hero Anthony Dominick Benedetto, or, as we all know him, Tony Bennett.

Even though he left his heart in San Francisco, Tony is actually a favorite son of New York who hails from Astoria, Queens.

-Thanks to Tony Bennett!

[ Cheers and applause ] -While it's the official end of the concert, the audience isn't ready to call it a night now that the moon is out, and I doubt Mr. Bocelli is, either.

-Thank you very much.

To the orchestra, to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to Maestro Alan Gilbert, to the Westminster Symphonic Choir, to the Central Park Conservancy, the city of New York, and, above all, thank you to be here.

Thank you very much.

[ Cheers and applause ] -There's always a moment in a great career where all the stars align and something magical happens.

Such is the case with this next song, which literally took off after a last-minute pairing of Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.

It will forever be linked to the great tenor as, perhaps, his signature song.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ Time to say goodbye ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you very much!

-Andrea Bocelli and Ana María Martínez bring this concert to a fitting close with 'Time to Say Goodbye,' a song many have waited all evening to hear.

Joining Andrea for a final bow are his guests, Tony Bennett, Pretty Yende, David Foster, Céline Dion, Bryn Terfel, Nicola Benedetti, and Chris Botti, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and the brilliant New York Philharmonic with their conductor, Alan Gilbert.

[ Cheers and applause ] All enjoying the appreciation of more than 50,000 somewhat soggy but very happy music lovers.

What a night this has been, and, in spite of the cold and the rain, I don't think anyone is quite ready to say goodbye, as this crowd definitely wants more.

[ Cheers and applause ] And it looks like they just might get one more memorable moment from Andrea Bocelli.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -'Vincero' -- 'I Will Win,' and we are all winners tonight having been a part of this magnificent evening, where we've seen a little bit of everything, from a driving rain to a beautiful moonlit night.

And thanks to your public television station, you got to experience it as well.

What an absolutely incredible performance by one of the great vocal talents of our lifetime.

And to get to see Andrea Bocelli and Tony Bennett serenading 70,000 people right here in the city of New York with the iconic song 'New York, New York.'

Yeah.

Now well historic, doesn't even begin to describe it.

How great has this been to relive this magical concert in Central Park, where we are right now.

Yeah.

With this concert from 2011?

It has been absolutely amazing when you consider the talent, the setting, the music.

I mean, it all came together in a beautiful harmony that we got to share right here together.

Well, everything is coming together in harmony right now, right here on this PBS station where everyone comes together for great music.

Oh yeah.

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Yes, it does.

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One of the things that I really love about doing this special with Andre.

He invited me to sing with him on this show is PBS, you know, because it's the show that I love so much.

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And so I really love being on PBS.

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From the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park, I'm Paula Zahn wishing you a very good night.

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