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Arts Calendar / March 7 / Concerts
19:00 Alessandro Safina (Italy)
MadonnaThe Italian tenor Alessandro Safina was only nine years old when he started studying music, and immediately showed a specific fondness and talent for classical music. At the age of 17 Alessandro applied at the well-established Conservatorio di Musica "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence. His application was naturally accepted, and he was soon performing the leading parts of famous operas on various European stages. In 1989, he won the first prize at the "Concorso Lirico Internazionale" in Mantova, a competition dedicated to Italian soprano singer Katia Ricciarelli. The prize marked the start of a brilliant career in the world of opera. In 1990, the singer made his debut as Rodolfo, the male lead in Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. He went on to perform in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Barbican in London, Teatro Bibiena in Mantova. In the 90's, Safina's impressive vocal talents were brought to the attention of renowned Italian pianist and composer Romano Musumarra, and the pair quickly began to record together, starting with the song La Sete Di Vivere, in attempt to bring Safina's dream of creating a "soulful new pop opera music" to fruition. The end result was Alessandro's debut album Insieme A Te, released in 1999. The record is full of classic, soul and musical elements - Safina calls it "Opera-Rock"; prior to its release, the singer presented his new musical style for the first time in front of a live audience at the famous Olympia theatre in Paris. The early 21st century saw the rise of this Italian singer who has combined his opera roots with modern-day pop music, to create a striking, hard-to-categorize style. It wasn't until he was late in his teens that Safina became an admirer of pop and rock music, drawing inspiration from such bands as Genesis, The Clash, Simple Minds, and U2. Shortly thereafter, he began to combine the two styles together.
Crocus City Hall 
19:00 Chanda Rule (USA)
With feet rooted in gospel, a heart filled with soul, and a voice touched with jazz, singer and songwriter Chanda Rule has been weaving stories through song, humming melodies, and bending words since her childhood. Gracefully mesmerizing audiences nationally and internationally, Chanda's genre-defying voice has been featured in a variety of musical projects: from her latest album "Sapphire Dreams" recorded with the legendary pianist Kirk Lightsey, "Feeling Good: A Tribute to Nina Simone" where she sang along side sax powerhouse Donny McCaslin, to appearing as a featured vocalist on ARTE Concert, Ö1 Jazznacht, and ORF's Dancing Stars. Featured in Cicily Janus' "The New Face of Jazz" (Billboard Books), Chanda has also performed as an opening act for India.Arie, Kamasi Washington, Amel Larrieux, Angela Bofill, Regina Belle & The Whispers. "Rising up from the overcrowded and often clichéd vocal scene in jazz, Chanda Rule is truly a breath that, once taken in, could sustain your life," - Cicily Janus, The New Face of Jazz, Billboard Books.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall 
20:00 Sons of Apollo (USA)
Sons of Apollo are a progressive metal supergroup founded by ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian; its lineup also includes Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey). According to Portnoy, Sons of Apollo came together organically. He and Sherinan reunited shortly after he left Dream Theater in 2010 in an all-instrumental touring band with Sheehan and Tony MacAlpine called PSMS. It was their first time working together since the '90s. Though designed as a one-off, the band toured during 2012 and 2013. In the aftermath, Sherinan pursued Portnoy to create a full-time band. Given Portnoy's intense schedule, it took nearly three years. In late 2016, other members were recruited and the idea became reality. Sons of Apollo's debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was issued in 2017 by InsideOut Music. It was produced by "The Del Fuvio Brothers" (as Portnoy and Sherinan were affectionately dubbed during their tenure together in Dream Theater). The concert album Live with the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony followed in 2019.
Arbat Hall 
19:00 Vacuum (Sweden)
Vacuum was formed in 1996 by Alexander Bard and Anders Wollbeck. The history of the group can be divided into two distinct parts: before the departure of the group's leader Alexander Bard in 1999 and after his departure, since which the singer Mattias Lindblom has become the group's new leader. The first two full albums of 1997 and 1998 were characterized by classical music influences and socially-, politically- and even astronomically-themed lyrics, which are very unusual for synth pop music; the 2004 album "Your Whole Life Is Leading Up to This", written by Wollbeck/Lindblom, steered away from synth pop to trance/techno and personal lyrics dealing with love and the meaning of life. Due to high demand as song-writers, Vacuum the band is only active from time to time. The band still enjoys a huge fan-following. As songwriters they have worked with many artists around the world. In 2007, they've worked with artists such as Tarja Turunen (I Walk Alone, Die Alive etc), Monrose (What You Don't Know), Cinema Bizarre (Heavensent, Get Off), Edyta Gorniak and many more.
Adrenaline Stadium 
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