Andrea Bocelli, ‘Great Performances’ offer music for hope

“Great Performances” is providing a concert offering an uplifting message of love, healing and hope. Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli gives a solo performance at the historic Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy, by invitation of the city and of the cathedral and thanks to the hospitality of the Archpriest and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo. “Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope” airs on Arizona PBS on Saturday, April 18 at 5 p.m. 

Watch highlights from the concert here, or watch the full concert on YouTube.

Despite the city under lockdown due to COVID-19, The Duomo opened its doors exclusively for Bocelli. The Italian tenor is only accompanied by organist Emanuele Vianelli.

The carefully selected repertoire of sacred music, specially arranged for solo voice and organ, include the beloved “Ave Maria” setting by Bach/Gounod, Mascagni’s “Sancta Maria” and “Amazing Grace” – opening completely unaccompanied – in the still of a city under continued lockdown, on a day symbolic of the renewal of life.

Song list:

“Panis Angelicus” (from “Messe Solennelle” Op. 12, FWV 61) – César Franck
“Ave Maria” (arranged from Johann Sebastian Bach, “Prelude” no. 1, BWV 846) – Charles-François Gounod
“Sancta Maria” (arranged from “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Intermezzo) – Pietro Mascagni
“Domine Deus” (from “Petite Messe Solennelle”) – Gioachino Antonio Rossini
“Amazing Grace” – John Newton

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