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Andrea Bocelli books gig in Kazakhstan

June 15, 2010 at 1:54 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is to give his first concert in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, it was announced Tuesday.

The event is to take place July 5 at the opening of the Khan Shatyr center, kicking off festivities for Astana's 12th anniversary, Press-service of Astana akimat said.

"We are looking forward to Maestro Bocelli's visit. I am certain that he will be impressed by our warmth, hospitality and musical heritage," Kazakhstan's ambassador to the United States Erlan Idrissov said in a statement.

"As an artist, I am mainly looking forward to the warmth of the audience. I hope I'll leave a nice memory of myself and my music, which I'll bring from my country to Kazakhstan," Bocelli added.

The star vocalist is to perform in Astana before taking center stage at the FIFA World Cup Grand Finale in South Africa.

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