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Andrea Bocelli's Central Park concert is a sell out

August 5, 2011 |  2:17 pm

Andrea Bocelli is a juggernaut when it comes to drawing huge crowds -- even while classical purists make a sport of dissing him. The Italian opera / crossover star has been busy this week drumming up publicity for his free Sept. 15 concert in New York's Central Park, which will be taped for PBS. This week, Il Bocelli  appeared on the "Today" show on NBC, where he performed a selection from his album "Incanto."

Bocelli told host Matt Lauer that the concert was inspired by his father, who wanted his son to perform in the U.S. and especially in New York.

Free tickets for the Central Park concert were handed out earlier this week at venues in all five boroughs. According to the official website, tickets are now sold out at all locations and digital tickets from Ticketmaster are also sold out.

The concert will feature Bocelli performing with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert. The PBS broadcast is scheduled for some time in the late fall, with a CD and DVD release expected in November.

You can watch a clip from the recent "Today" show performance in the video above.

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-- David Ng

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