Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump’s inauguration after receiving death threats | Daily Mail Online


McCarthyism has nothing on the tactics of today’s American progressive-Left. The Presidential Inauguration is symbolic of the peaceful transition of power under our Constitutional Republic. To sully the process with threats against the livelihood or even murder of an entertainer who agrees to participate is beneath and beyond loathsome.

It is also disturbing that there are some conservatives calling for the boycott of entertainers who decline to perform. Be aware that there may be threats and other pressures against these people to which you are not privy. The Right need not stoop to the despicable tactics of the Left. Arm yourself with the arguments, and when possible, choose compassion.

As much as we don’t like being lectured about politics and political correctness by Meryl Streep and her ilk, keep in mind that in this highly charged politicized environment, every action or passive gesture is interpreted as taking a stand by someone on one side of the aisle or the other. ~ Art/Right

Opera star Andrea Bocelli backed out of singing at Donald Trump’s inauguration after receiving death threats, the Mail on Sunday has learnt.

Source: Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump’s inauguration after receiving death threats | Daily Mail Online

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Andrea Bocelli talks Las Vegas, Celine Dion and the importance of opera

We sing the masterpiece of art that is inside us (the mirror, for a believer as I am, of the wonder of creation), we celebrate the beauty that we can grow and live every day.” — Andrea Bocelli

Great interview with Andrea Bocelli by Robin Leach in the Las Vegas Sun News:
Q+A: Andrea Bocelli talks Las Vegas, touring, Celine Dion and the importance of opera [Las Vegas Sun News; Dec. 2, 2013].

Master of Voice: Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from the Giacomo Puccini Conservatory in La Spezia, Italy. His CD/DVD, Love in Portofino, was released the same day. The 55-year-old Italian tenor also has a degree in Law from the University of Pisa.

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Bocelli Gets Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance [Italy Magazine; October 26, 2013]

Kathleen Reiter First Winner of Israel’s “The Voice”

Kathleen Reiter was named the winner of the premier season of “The Voice” in Israel on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The 23-year-old Ms. Reiter was born in Quebec, Canada, and made aliyah on a visit to Israel last summer.

The four judges/coaches on the singing competition were Sarit Hadad, Rami Kleinstein, Aviv Geffen and Shlomi Shabat. Ms. Reiter chose to work with Ms. Hadad as her coach.

Il Volo Signed to Interscope Records

Two years ago, almost to the day, Art2u first wrote about these three young Italian tenors: Piereo Barone, 17, Ignazio Boschetto, 16, and Gianluca Ginoble, 16. Their debut cd was release in Italy in November 2010, and it went platinum.

Released in the United States on May 17, 2011, on the Interscope label (a division of Geffen Records), Il Volo (the Flight) soared to #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.

Other entertainers under contract to Interscope include Lady Gaga, 50 cent, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas.

Andrea Bocelli & Gianluca Ginoble (June 20, 2009)
The New Italian Trio, Leaving Us a Song (June 19, 2009)
See Also: Il Volo blog

National Jukebox at the Library of Congress

Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. At launch, the collection includes over 10,000 recordings made from 1901 through 1925 by the Victor Talking Machine Company. Sony Music Entertainment now owns the record labels featured in the National Jukebox, and has granted the Library of Congress license to stream the recordings.

You can search the collection or browse by category, genre, target audience, performer, composer, language and more.

Here’s a treat for your ears. George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, arranged by Ferde Grofé, performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, with none other than George Gershwin on piano! The recording was made in New York, New York, on June 10, 1924.