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Andrea Bocelli Serenades Downtown with Christmas Cheer

By Mark Fisher
Published: Monday, December 13, 2010, at 03:49PM
Andrea Bocelli at Staples Center Mark Fisher

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings at Staples Center as Eugene Kohn directs the orchestra.



Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s “My Christmas” tour rolled into Staples Center on Friday, December 10th. The six-city event was in support of the superstar’s multi-platinum “My Christmas” album which was released in 2009.

Bocelli was born with poor eyesight in rural Tuscany in 1958. He started playing piano at age six and went on to learn saxophone, flute, harp, guitar, drums, trumpet and trombone. At the age of 12, Bocelli lost all vision following a sports-related injury. Bocelli’s passion for music guided him through his teenage and college years as he went on to complete law school and became a court-appointed attorney. He was discovered in the early 90s and it wasn’t long before Luciano Pavarotti and others began singing praise for the gifted singer and songwriter. Today he is the biggest-selling solo artist in the history of classical music with over 70 million records sold worldwide.

The first half of the Los Angeles performance featured classical and opera selections, while the second half covered songs off the seasonal “My Christmas” record. Bocelli was backed by a large chorus and orchestra, which was conducted by Eugene Kohn. A number of guests were brought on stage throughout the evening.

Bocelli will perform in the “Christmas in Washington” special in front of the President, First Lady and other VIPs before returning to Europe to finish out 2010.

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