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The cathedral of Milan, Italy, on Easter Sunday, April 12, is hosting Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli for a solo performance. It’s unlike any Andrea Bocelli concert ever.

With no audience, the Andrea Bocelli Easter concert will be exclusively streamed live globally on the tenor’s YouTube channel from 10:30 pm IST (Sunday 12 April), uniting the world in the face of the global pandemic.

“On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer ‘Sì’ to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan,” Bocelli said.

The Duomo, an international landmark, currently closed to all, will open its doors for the Andrea Bocelli Easter concert which will include the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli, playing one of the world’s largest pipe organs. The carefully selected music pieces will include the loved ‘Ave Maria’, a sacred music repertoire on a day symbolic of the new life.

The event is promoted by the City of Milan and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, produced by Sugar Music and Universal Music Group, thanks to the generous contribution of YouTube.

“‘Hallelujah’ is an invitation that we placed in the ark forty days ago and that the flood, which has overwhelmed us all, almost made us forget the joy of expressing it on the day of Easter,” said Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo, Archpriest of the Duomo of Milan.

“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 the reason for Italian pride. It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth,” Andrea Bocelli said in a statement.

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) is involved in an emergency COVID-19 campaign and has started a fundraiser to help hospitals purchase all the instrumentation and equipment necessary to protect their medical staff. It is possible to donate through the GoFundMe campaign, or by contacting the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, by writing to development@andreabocellifoundation.org.