This Thursday night Andrea Bocelli will perform at the Great Lawn in Central Park (http://bocellicentralpark.com). He’ll be joined by music legends including Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Nicola Benedetti, Chris Botti, David Foster Andrea Griminelli, Ana Marĺa Martĺnez, Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende And The Westminster Symphonic Choir Celebrate With Internationally Acclaimed Tenor Andrea Bocelli And The New York Philharmonic, Conducted By Alan Gilbert.
Though the concert is free, tickets sold out back in July. Fans may still be able to get last minute tickets from the website or by visiting a ticket broker or stubhub.com. Ah New York! One of the few places were people will pay for tickets that were initially free. Bocelli was originally scheduled to perform in Central Park on the 10th to commemorate September 11th with concerts in other borough’s parks which would conclude with the appearance on the 15th in Central Park. But the Central Park Conservancy is characteristically concerned with the health of the Great Lawn if it hosts two concerts in the span of four days. They have good reason for concern. A Barbara Streisand concert totally destroyed Sheep Meadow in 1967 and it wasn’t restored for more than a decade.
Instead Bocelli performed last night at Avery Fischer Hall on 66th Street (a mere stone’s throw from the Park). That performance will be broadcast this evening on PBS. Bocelli’s concert on the 15th still retains a theme of expressing appreciation for New York City. He talks in a series of videos on his Youtube channel about how New York is one of his favorite places: