For Immediate Release – (New York, NY) –February 28, 2012 - Italian singing sensations Il Volo soar in their first PBS Special “Il Volo Takes Flight” as well as on their upcoming CD and DVD, “Il Volo Takes Flight – Live From The Detroit Opera House,” which was released today, Feb. 28th on Geffen Records. Il Volo will head out on a North American headline tour this summer. The Live Nation promoted tour kicks off August 12th in Minneapolis, MN at the Orpheum Theatre (see below for complete itinerary or visit LiveNation.com/IlVolo). Ticket on sale information will be announced soon.
Due to the extraordinary response from a single airing on the PBS Detroit affiliate Detroit Public TV this past December, the program is now scheduled to air in more than 80% of the U.S. as part of the March 2012 PBS Fundraising Drive across the country between March 3rd and March 18th. Confirmed cities airing the special include New York, Boston, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Check your local listings for a schedule of airtimes on PBS or visit http://www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/. For a sneak peak of Il Volo’s PBS special visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyCjhBkqKB4.
“Il Volo is extremely talented. It’s a wonderful pleasure to introduce another new music sensation like these three, young Italian tenors to American audiences through PBS,” said Joe Campbell, Vice President of Fundraising Programming at PBS.
A video of “Il Mondo” taken from the PBS Special “Il Volo Takes Flight” premiered on VEVO yesterday http://vevo.ly/x1XtAf.
Il Volo will visit the Today Show stage once again for a performance on March 6th. In store performances are also set for Sunday, March 4th at Barnes in Noble in New York (86th Street) and Sunday, March 11th in Los Angeles at The Grove.
Il Volo Takes Flight – Live From the Detroit Opera House was filmed last year while the group was on their first North American concert tour and captures the genuine excitement of their live performance, the stunning crowd reaction and the many standing ovations the group has received in every city they have performed. The show includes Italian classics such as “O Sole Mio” and “Un Amore Cosi Grande” as well as a magnificent version of the classic Charlie Chaplin song “Smile.” The Live DVD includes a bonus documentary.
With rave reviews the CD, DVD and PBS broadcast of “Il Volo Takes Flight” is one of the most highly anticipated releases of the new year. The NY Daily News glowed, “If you’ve never heard them sing ‘O Sole Mio’ or other classics in their rep, then be prepared to be blown away.”
Piero Barone 18, Ignazio Borschetto 17 and Gianuca Ginoble 16, also dubbed The Teenage Tenors, exploded onto the U.S. music scene and into the hearts of U.S. fans following their show stopping appearance on American Idol last year. Their self titled debut CD debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Worldwide sales are approaching the one million mark. Already certified platinum in their homeland, the boys also appeared on major U.S. TV shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Today Show, Good Morning America, The Talk, Ellen, Rachael Ray and a surprise performance on the final episode of the HBO series Entourage.
Both the CD and DVD were produced by Grammy award winning producer Humberto Gatica (Michael Buble) and renowned Italian singer/producer Tony Renis. “We are excited and proud to have produced this concert for national distribution with our partners at PBS and the Michigan Opera Theatre,” commented Detroit Public TV’s President and General Manager Rich Homberg. The show was directed by Ron de Moraes and executive produced by Michele Torpendine (Il Volo’s manager), Tony Renis, Steve Leber, Ken Ehrlich, Jamie Westrick and Ron Fair.
Below is a complete list of North American tour dates for Il Volo:
Aug 12 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
Aug 14 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
Aug 15 Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace
Aug 17 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
Aug 18 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Center
Aug 21 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Aug 22 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
Aug 24 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook Music Festival
Aug 25 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Aug 28 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre
Aug 29 Montreal, QU Place des Arts
Sept 4 New York City Beacon Theatre
Sept 7 Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Sept 8 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Sept 9 Washington DC Warner Theatre
Sept 11 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Amphitheater
Sept 12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte
Sept 14 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre Atlanta
Sept 15 Tampa, FL David A. Straz, Jr. Center for Performing Arts
Sept 16 Miami, FL The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sept 18 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center
Sept 21 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sept 22 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
Sept 25 El Paso, TX The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
Sept 26 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Sept 27 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
Sept 29 San Francisco, CA Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
Oct 2 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre