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andrea bocelliItalian tenor Andrea Bocelli grew up in Lajatico, a rural village in Tuscany, where his family still farms nearby. On the slopes of this ancient hill town, a special theater was constructed for a one-night-only concert of his greatest popular hits along with new songs performed to honor the occasion. Some famous musical friends dropped by and the magical result is VIVERE: ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE IN TUSCANY. Joining Bocelli for the new songs are “grandissimo sassofonista” Kenny G., trumpeter Chris Botti, piano virtuoso Lang Lang, Italian pop star Eliza, and legendary musician, songwriter, and producer David Foster. Helping with the hits are favorite divas Sarah Brightman, Heather Headley, and Laura Pausini.

Andrea Bocelli’s latest CD, THE BEST OF ANDREA BOCELLI: VIVERE, marks the first time in his career that the singer has released a greatest hits compilation. The recording, which debuted in October 2007, includes “Time to Say Goodbye” (“Con te partirĂ²”), his breakthrough hit with Sarah Brightman from the four-time platinum-selling CD ROMANZA; “The Prayer,” a duet with Celine Dion from his two-time platinum-selling CD SOGNO; “Melodramma” from CIELI DI TOSCANA; the Olympics theme, “Because We Believe,” from his most recent platinum recording, AMORE; plus new tracks “Bellissime Stelle” and “Io Ci SarĂ²,” with special guest, pianist Lang Lang. Selections from this best of CD are among the highlights of the tenor’s concert from his Tuscan hometown.

Many local PBS stations may be offering the concert DVD and THE BEST OF ANDREA BOCELLI: VIVERE CD as Pledge gifts. To order these items, pledge now.

Visit the Web companions of two previous programs that have featured Andrea Bocelli, ANDREA BOCELLI: AMORE UNDER THE DESERT SKY and ANDREA BOCELLI: TRIBUTE ON ICE.

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