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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas
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12/24/2011
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A new Christmas concert of seasonal favorites

 


GREAT PERFORMANCES "Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas"

A-List Lineup of Musical Guests Makes This a “Starry” Night

Mon., 12/12 at 10:00PM on CPTV

Everyone’s favorite “Hitman,” David Foster joins GREAT PERFORMANCES superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics. Showcasing Bocelli’s unmistakable soaring vocals are lush new arrangements infused with the distinctive Foster touch. The inspiring concert performance, recorded at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, also features special musical guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Reba McEntire, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, the Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Among the featured songs are “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “The Christmas Song,” “What Child Is This” and more.

The “My Christmas” concert, mirroring Bocelli’s CD of the same title, is the ultimate holiday musical experience from the tenor, showcasing his performances of traditional carols and other favorites in English, with a few additional selections in Italian and German. Regarding Christmas music, the star remarks, “I have long dreamed of recording a holiday album that captures the beautiful traditions of the holiday season. Every year, these songs have brought incredible joy to me and my family, and it is my hope to give back that same joy by making this album.” Of her experience singing Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” with Bocelli during the taping, country music star Reba McEntire told the Toronto Sun, “I sat there in awe. I just loved it. [His voice] is rich like frosting on a cake — decadent. It’s so full. I stood there right beside him and just watched him.”

An iconic figure in music who has sold more than 60 million albums to date, Bocelli continues to defy categorization, age barriers and labels of any kind. In concert or on the opera stage, he has sung with everyone from Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo to Bono and Celine Dion. In addition to his solo GREAT PERFORMANCES concert programs, Bocelli’s many memorable television appearances include the Oscar and Grammy Awards telecasts, mentoring contestants on “American Idol” and performances at the Official Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, all of which have propelled Bocelli into becoming a global household name in contemporary popular music.

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