The concert, which is intended to offer a message of “love, healing, and hope to Italy and the world,” will begin at 6 p.m. UK time. Bocelli will perform without an orchestra or supporting chorus, but instead he will be accompanied by just one organist, Emanuele Vianelli, who will perform on the Duomo’s pipe organ, one of the largest in the world.
Bocelli is performing the concert as an act of charity and will participate in the concert completely pro bono. The concert, which is promoted by the City of Milan and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, is produced by Sugar Music and Universal Music Group, with generous contributions from YouTube.
Bocelli’s world-renowned voice is sure to soothe our troubled minds and keep them focused on Easter, but this concert is not the only way in which the talented tenor is helping during this time of world crisis. The Andrea Bocelli Foundation is currently holding a fundraiser to help hospitals purchase all the equipment necessary to protect their medical staff.
In a final statement, Bocelli said:
“I believe in the strength of praying together; I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone – whether they are believers or not – truly needs right now.
Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart, this wonderful international forge that is reason for Italian pride.
“The generous, courageous, proactive Milan and the whole of Italy will be again, and very soon, a winning model, engine of a renaissance that we all hope for. It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth.”