Spotlight: Yanni Live North American Tour
(AzReporter) World renowned composer/performer, Yanni, will bring his latest Yanni Live North American Tour to Arizona November 7 (Glendale) & 9 (Tucson), 2004. Yanni will be performing with some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians and the concert will feature music from his last three albums on Virgin Records, as well as his much loved classics, which pulse with the rhythms and cultures from around the globe.
Accompanied by his multi-talented orchestra of world-class musicians from 15 different countries, Yanni’s live tours are an experience that transcends race and religion; uniting people of all ages and backgrounds.
In March, 2003, Yanni embarked on his much celebrated Ethnicity World Tour, performing in more than 85 cities throughout North America; selling in excess of 650,000 tickets; becoming one of the top grossing tours of the 2003 touring year. His music has earned him accolades around the world including more than 35 platinum and gold album awards and has been featured at numerous Summer and Winter Olympic Games for the past two decades. In addition, Yanni had the honor of performing the U.S. National Anthem at Game Five of the 2003 World Series.
Yanni’s eclectic music has touched millions of listeners across the world. He has performed in more than twenty countries and was the first major Western artist to perform and record at the Forbidden City in China and the Taj Mahal in India. His performance at the Taj Mahal resulted in the multi-platinum album, Tribute, which ultimately led to three million dollars in donations to a Taj preservation fund.
Known for his tireless fundraising efforts, Yanni is one of the top fundraising artists for Public Television. PBS is currently airing a new Yanni television special, A Decade of Excellence, which is a compilation of previous live concert specials including segments from Live at the Acropolis, Tribute and Live at Royal Albert Hall, London.
Yanni is a Greek native who graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in psychology before embarking on his musical career.
Yanni's Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas concert will be recorded for his first live television special in seven years. The TV special is expected to air on PBS in 2005.