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Chris to perform at Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park

CELINE DION, TONY BENNETT, NICOLA BENEDETTI, CHRIS BOTTI, DAVID FOSTER ANDREA GRIMINELLI, ANA MARIA MARTINEZ, BRYN TERFEL, PRETTY YENDE ANDTHE WESTMINSTER SYMPHONIC CHOIR CELEBRATE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED TENOR ANDREA BOCELLI AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, CONDUCTED BY ALAN GILBERT, ON CENTRAL PARK’S GREAT LAWN, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Tickets are Required for Entrance to this Special Concert Event

New York, September X, 2011
The world’s most beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform a free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn, Thursday, September 15th with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by its Music Director Alan Gilbert. Joining Andrea on stage this memorable night will be Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster. Sopranos Ana Mari­a Marti­nez and Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and flutist Andrea Griminelli will also be part of this spectacular evening, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director.

This once-in-a-lifetime musical event will be recorded in high definition by THIRTEEN for WNET for national PBS broadcast on GREAT PERFORMANCES in late fall 2011. ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK will also be released on CD and DVD by Sugar/Decca this November.

Bocelli is widely regarded as the most popular Italian tenor in the world with more than 70 million albums sold. He will present a varied repertoire including his best known and loved songs that have become fan favorites.

Barilla is the main sponsor of the concert event.

Hollywood Bowl Review

Live Jazz: Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin and the Yellowjackets at the Hollywood Bowl
July 14, 2011
By Don Heckman

Chris Botti made his third consecutive L.A. appearance in July Wednesday night.  This time, he was at the Hollywood Bowl, following July concerts in 2009 and 2010, almost to the day, at the Greek Theatre.

And this performance, like the earlier ones, defined why Botti has become the music world’s best selling instrumentalist.  Touring the world with a stellar ensemble for 300 or so appearances a year, he has created a musical entertainment as fine tuned and superbly functioning as a TAG Heuer Grand Carrera. Chris Botti The program for Wednesday’s concert had some striking similarities to the 2009 and 2010 appearances. All three opened with “Ave Maria” and “When I Fall in Love.” Other pieces – “Emmanuel,” the “Theme from Cinema Paradiso,” “The Look of Love” and “Caruso” (from Botti’s Italia CD) were also heard on all three programs.

If that sounds like substantial repackaging, one could make the case that virtually all major touring musical artists offer programs liberally sprinkled with familiar items. Entertaining his audiences with musical authenticity is clearly Botti’s goal, and he achieves it with winning regularity

What makes his programs most intriguing for jazz listeners, however, is the fact that Botti and his impressive musical companions do not “in the way that many pop artists do“ perform as living juke boxes, repeating their hits note for note, with no creative variation.

Botti’s first lyrical phrases on “Ave Maria,” for example, followed by pianist Billy Childs’ inventive excursion through “When I Fall In Love,” immediately made it clear that familiarity would breed inspiration, not predictability.

Other highlights produced similarly compelling results: the dynamic violin playing of Caroline Campbell; the extraordinary work of the Botti band – pianist Childs; guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassist Carlitos Del Puerto; drummer Billy Kilson; keyboardist Andy Ezrin. And, perhaps most remarkable of all, singer Lisa Fischer, moving with utter ease from the balladry of “The Look of Love” to her extraordinary, tenor-range rendering of the Italia theme. Add to that an unexpected guest performance by Micheal Buble, topping the evening with a soaring duet with Botti on “My Funny Valentine.”

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Melbourne Jazz Festival, Australia 2011 – Review

By Dione Joseph (Australian Stage)

If you were lucky enough to see Chris Botti live in concert in 2010 at the National theatre then 2011 at the Melbourne Jazz Festival was deja vu in the best way possible.

Simply electrifying Botti, his five piece band and two guests (including the stunning vocalist Lisa Fischer and violinist Caroline Campbell) kept the audience clicking, clapping and tapping.

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Botti and St. Louis Symphony team up for memorable concert

By Terry Perkins – Special to the Post-Dispatch

St. Louis. Bridging the gap between jazz and classical music is not an easy task. But trumpet player Chris Botti, his talented band and members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Timothy Muffitt turned in a stellar performance Saturday at Powell Hall that earned a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.

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Madeleine Albright Appearance Featured on CNN.com

Check out this great article on Madeleine Albright’s drumming debut with the Botti band, featured on the homepage of CNN Entertainment!

Madeleine Albright channels Bon Jovi

How did former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spend Valentine’s Day? Behaving like a rock star, that’s how.

Albright was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, attending Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti’s concert. When Botti invited her to sit in as drummer during the band’s performance of “Nessun Dorma,” she jumped at the chance.

I’m sure this is one thing she has not accomplished in her career,” Botti said as Albright, 73, took the stage.

Sure, she might not have Ringo’s skills or a rocker attitude, but she certainly dressed the part “Albright was wearing a leather skirt. A member of the audience even wolf-whistled.” Albright had big shoes to fill. Botti’s regular drummer, Billy Kilson, won a Grammy on Sunday in the best pop instrumental album category (as the drummer on Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto’s album, “Take Your Pick”.

But as Botti’s trumpet angled skyward for Nessun Dorma’s famously rousing crescendo, Albright cut loose; Botti, who met Albright at the White House last month where he performed during the China state dinner, said she was a natural.

“At the end of the song, she raised her sticks in the air as if she were Bon Jovi’s drummer,” he said. And judging by the enthusiastic applause, Albright didn’t give drumming a bad name.

Check out the article here: http://bit.ly/fd75hE

Performance at the White House State Dinner

“On Wednesday night I had the privilege of performing for a distinguished audience at the White House State dinner honoring Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China.  In attendance were Presidents Obama, Clinton and Carter as well as former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Other distinguished guests included Barbra Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Christiane Amanpour and Jamie Rubin among others. I am truly honored to have been asked to perform and It was great to be on stage again with friends Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang, Randy Brecker and James Genus. The evening was truly magical and an experience I will never forget” – Chris

In the United States, a state dinner is a formal dinner, more often black tie, which is held in honor of a foreign head of state, such as a king, queen, president, or any head of government. A state dinner is hosted by the President of the United States and held in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington D.C.


Chris w/ Lang Lang