Special guest Sarah Brightman takes the stage with Bocelli for "Time to Say Goodbye."
Andrea always wanted to do this: the theme is Bocelli's fulfillment of a personal dream honouring America's Italian heritage and musical tradition.
Filmed July 6, 2000 "under the stars" at New Jersey's Liberty State Park in front of an audience of 12,000, Thirteen/WNET's sumptuous production, directed by David Horn, captures a sense of spectacle and adds footage of Bocelli visiting the statue for the first time.
The musical firepower is supplied by Bocelli and guests Ana Maria Martinez and Sarah Brightman, who sing nearly two hours of operatic arias and popular Italian songs (plus Brightman's hypnotic performance of "The Music of the Night" from "The Phantom of the Opera"), solo and together with the evening's charismatic star.
The orchestral firepower is supplied by the New Jersey Symphony, conducted by Zdenek Macal with music by Smetana and Leonard Bernstein. The hosting is done with elegant, smarmy enthusiasm by Midge Woolsey and Valerie Smaldone.