Bocelli + More At Central Park

Andrea Bocelli’s free show in Central Park just got better with the addition of a number of special guests including Celine Dion and Tony Bennett.

The concert is set for Sept. 15 at Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York City. The Italian tenor will perform with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by its music director Alan Gilbert.

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Madison Square Garden, New York City

Additional special guests include Chris Botti and David Foster. The lineup also features sopranos Ana Maria Martinez and Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and flutist Andrea Griminelli, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and director Joe Miller. 

Bocelli, who has sold more than 70 million albums, will perform a mix of tunes including his best known and loved songs.

The tenor previously teamed up with Dion to sing “The Prayer,” which was featured in the 1998 animated film “Quest for Camelot.” The duet won the Golden Globe for best original song and also snagged an Academy Award nomination in the same category.

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Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bennett’s upcoming album, Duets II, features a duet with Bocelli of the song “Stranger in Paradise.” The album is set for release Sept. 20 on Columbia.

Thirteen/WNET will be in New York to record the free concert for national PBS broadcast on “Great Performances” in late fall. A CD and DVD, titled “Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park,” will be released in November on Sugar/Decca. The event is sponsored by Barilla.
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