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Thursday, January 15 at 8:30 p.m. Andrea Bocelli: A Child Destined to Sing

(Rochester, NY) Acclaimed singer Andrea Bocelli has become one of the world’s most successful male solo recording artists, having sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Behind his success, however, is a story of immense courage and personal triumph more dramatic than any opera. Andrea Bocelli: A Child Destined to Sing airs Thursday, January 15 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1) as part of Dialogue on Disability week.

Andrea Bocelli: A Child Destined to Sing
chronicles the inspiring story of Bocelli’s rise to fame. With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-broadcast interviews, this informative biography reveals Bocelli’s remarkable musical and personal journeys.

A Tuscan native, Andrea Bocelli lost his sight during childhood. However, his blindness never deterred him from pursuing his first love: singing. After graduating college with a law degree, he became a vocal student of one of his idols, Italian tenor Franco Corelli. Bocelli rose to become one of the world’s most beloved singers, through a string of best-selling albums and singles and acclaimed performances.

Andrea Bocelli: A Child Destined to Sing
contains stirring performance clips and home video footage, including performances from the 2000 Statue of Liberty Concert and the 9/11 Memorial concert, as well as a recording of Bocelli signing for his family at the age of 9. The program also includes interviews with Bocelli’s friends and family and several of the music world’s brightest stars, including Sarah Brightman, Zucchero, Christina Aguilera, Loren Maazal, and Jose Carreras.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, Andrea Bocelli: A Child Destined to Sing is a revealing, intimate look at one of the most celebrated singers of the century.   

WXXI and Al Sigl Center will host a week-long programming initiative to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. Now in its 7th year, Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series includes a week of special programming on WXXI-TV, WXXI-HD, City 12 and AM 1370/HD 91.5-2 beginning Sunday, January 11. Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

For more information, visit http://wxxi.org/dod and http://www.andreabocelli.com.

Pictured: Andrea Bocelli
Photo Credit: Simon Fowler

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