Italian tenor Bocelli to sing on Easter from empty Milan Cathedral

Above, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performs in concert at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2017 in New York City. Bocelli will sing on Easter Sunday in a presentation from Milan Cathedral. (Getty Images via AFP)
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Updated 07 April 2020

Italian tenor Bocelli to sing on Easter from empty Milan Cathedral

  • Famous singer would ‘offer his voice to the whole world’
  • Churches in Italy remain closed and even the prayer to be given by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday will be live streamed

MILAN: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing on Easter Sunday in a presentation from Milan Cathedral to be streamed online, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.
“At 7 o’clock, in an empty Duomo, he will present a few pages of sacred music,” Mayor Giuseppe Sala said in his daily Facebook message, saying the famous singer would “offer his voice to the whole world.”
The region of Lombardy, of which Milan is the capital, has been the hardest hit in Italy’s coronavirus crisis, with more than 9,000 deaths.

Bocelli’s broadcast from the gothic Duomo will be accessible on YouTube, wrote Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
“This won’t be a concert,” said Bocelli, in an interview published in the paper. “It will rather be an opportunity to pray together.”
“We will concentrate all our energy to give courage and confidence to this marvellous city,” Bocelli said. “A prayer then, for Milan and for the world, in front of an absolutely painful, tragic and unsettling event.”
Churches in Italy remain closed and even the prayer to be given by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday will be live streamed.


Louvre Abu Dhabi releases sci-fi podcast featuring 7 international celebrities

Updated 01 June 2020

Louvre Abu Dhabi releases sci-fi podcast featuring 7 international celebrities

DUBAI: On Sunday, Louvre Abu Dhabi  has released a 20-minute cinematic podcast, “We Are Not Alone,” that reinterprets the museum's architecture through a futuristic story narrated by seven international celebrities.

Available in six different languages, the new podcast is narrated in the voices of Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi in Arabic, American actor Willem Dafoe in English, French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg in French and English, Chinese actress Zhou Dongyu in Mandarin, Russian DJ and singer Nina Kraviz in Russian and filmmaker and playwright Wim Wenders in German.

“Louvre Abu Dhabi tells the story of art history throughout the ages,” said Manuel Rabate, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi in a statement. “As we always look for new ways to experiment and innovate, we continue to explore new narratives inspired by our architecture and collection. ‘We Are Not Alone’ is yet another example of our innovative approach to sharing stories of cultural connections,” he added.

The new podcast is composed and produced by Soundwalk Collective, an experimental group of artists and musicians. It is a part of the UAE museum’s extensive digital offering, which includes free access to content through virtual tours, video, audio and downloadable activities.