- It has been amazing to be able to
see Andrea two times in one year, in the
same city (Toronto) and in the same venue (the Air Canada Centre)
such completely different musical events!
When I first sat in my seat (so much closer to the stage this
time!!) I was
dismayed to see the piano situated so that the player's back would
me. Last year's televised ice skating show featured Andrea
sitting at the
piano for most of his performances. I felt some hope, though,
telltale wooden T was nailed into the floor at centre stage, so
would stand out front for some of the songs.
I was wrong. He stood centre stage for ALL of his songs!!
The piano wasn't
for him this time. I was so HAPPY to not have to look at his
back for two
So picture this setting: a huge ice surface with the
(SMUCKERS) printed under centre ice. (Smuckers makes really good
and preserves.) At one end of the ice is the stage with the piano
side, and a small orchestra with strings, some brass and
percussion at the
other side. The stage is backdropped by sections of white curtains
black background with lights that look like a starry sky.
The skaters included: Kurt Browning; Elvis Stojko; Brian
Orser; Jamie Sale
and David Pelletier; and Shae-Lynn Bourne (all from Canada); Two
skaters: Carolina Kostner and Silvia Fontana; Yuka Sato and Jason
from the USA and Steven Cousins from Great Britain. This was
group of skaters to see in one venue and I can't say enough about
energizing and fun it was to watch them perform. I've only
ever seen live
figure skating of this calibre once before so was not sure what to
WOW!! They actually distracted me from watching Andrea while
he sang. I
didn't think that was possible.
I was a bit disappointed that Andrea was only featured in six
songs, but if
you would have asked me to guess which six he would sing, I'd have
gotten one right. Andrea was accompanied in two duets by New
Hayley Westenra which was an awesome combination of voices, even
sang Time to Say Goodbye with Andrea, instead of Sarah Brightman.
not hear her on the last note at ALL, but who's complaining? Not
me. My last
Andrea Bocelli concert experience had me in the highest and
from the stage, so the sheer power of Andrea's voice was only a
the amplification. On Tuesday, it felt like he actually vibrated
from the ears out - singing the end note past the microphone's
Shall I spoil the surprise and tell you what else they sang?
Vivo Per Lei -
with Hayley singing in English. I didn't expect that at all and it
He also sang a new song from his new album coming out early next
couldn't tell you what it was called or what it meant, but, I look
to getting the album and getting to know it better. More
Yes. We heard Voglio Restare Cosi. I leaned over to my
friend and said, "I
can't believe I'm hearing this LIVE!" I hope that the
quality is better than last year's offering, because this was
Andrea added touches to the song that really emphasized that he
has a total
pop sensibility and musical flexibility that is even broader than
guess from hearing his pop albums (above and beyond his
performance on A
Night in Tuscany.)
Two complete and utter surprises were "It's Impossible"
and "I can't help
falling in love with you." I knew, theoretically,
that Andrea could sing
this kind of song - his encore in April's concert of Frank
Way" emphasized that. The man can sing whatever
he wants. He really can.
Things you won't see on TV:
The announcer from NBC sports, when he introduced the grand finale
"Time to Say Goodbye" mispronouncing Andrea with the
North American feminine
for Andrew (pronounced ANN'dreeya.) I think we ALL,
Hayley, and the skaters, had a moment's shock at that mistake.
We got to
stay around and watch him re-tape that intro.
You won't see that the ladies had a few rough moments on some of
jumps. Those were re-skated.
You probably won't hear Kurt Browning state with great enthusiasm
that while one of the other men was skating, Kurt, who was
outside of the curtain near the ice, could not HEAR the skating
music was so full and live and wonderful. And you probably
won't hear Kurt
say how nervous he was to be skating with Andrea singing for him.
You probably won't hear the Canadian audience moan loudly at
their own CBC will not televise the performance until March 8,
come on!! I'm still moaning. Loudly.
You probably won't see Veronica leading Andrea out to his spot on
they introduced the live songs and then retrieving him when the
And most fortunately (or possibly not), you won't hear Andrea make
himself and re-introduce "It's Impossible" for a
re-skate because he made
"many mistakes" and didn't "know the song very
well." He got some of the
English parts of the song confused and out of order - but never
musicality and timing of the song for the skater. (Some of it was
Italian - I have no idea of it's accuracy.) The second time
was like having
an encore, though, and again, Andrea showed, more than ever, his
versatility. I can hardly wait for you all to hear it.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada