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Andrea Bocelli to Perform in Concert at Barclays Center

World-Leading Classical Artist Set to Perform on December 5, 2012

-Brooklyn to host Bocellis only New York City appearance in 2012-

December 2, 2011

BROOKLYN, N.Y.Widely considered the most popular classical singer in the world, Andrea Bocelli will perform at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 5, 2012 in what will be his only New York City performance next year.

After nearly a decade of performing annual concerts in Manhattan, Bocelli has chosen to make his Brooklyn debut in what will be the 19,000-seat world-class Barclays Center.

"I'm very happy and honored to perform at Barclays Center in Brooklyn next year, said Bocelli. It's always a pleasure for me to play in New York, but Im particularly excited to perform in Brooklyn for what will be my only 2012 performance in the city that has given me such affection. I appreciate my wonderful fans and look forward to seeing them at the Barclays Center.

We are proud to welcome Andrea Bocelli, one of the worlds most accomplished and celebrated artists, to perform in concert at Barclays Center, said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. The fact that Bocelli has chosen to make his one New York City 2012 appearance in Brooklyn speaks volumes about the global excitement about Barclays Center and the continued renaissance of the borough. Bocelli in Brooklyn will be a triumphant sold-out appearance and will continue our goal to bring the best of everything to Barclays Center.

As part of his U.S. tour, the concert will feature Bocellis vast platinum-selling catalogue, covering both traditional arias and his world-famous romantic crossover repertoire. Bocelli is the biggest-selling solo artist in the history of classical music.

General on-sale ticket information will be announced in the coming months, but in the meantime fans have a chance to buy great seats before the official on-sale through PBS member stations WNET and WLIW, which will be airing Bocelli's new television special "Live in Central Park" starting tonight.

With over 65 million in record sales, Bocelli, an Italian tenor, receives rave reviews for his international tours, showing mastery in both the classical and pop worlds. He has earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by occupying the first, second and third place on the American classical music charts.

Joining Bocelli on tour is conductor Eugene Kohn as well as world-renowned soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and special guest Tony Award-winner Heather Headley.

About Barclays Center
Scheduled to open in September 2012, Barclays Center will be a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM ( and SHoP Architects ( ), Barclays Center will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and a restaurant.

Barclays Center will host an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball and hockey, family shows, and NETS Basketball. Some of the special programming that is already scheduled includes JAY-Z, who will open the building, the Barclays Center Classic mens college basketball tournament, Atlantic 10 Mens Basketball Championship, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Disney on Ice. Current programming alliances with Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, Lagardre Unlimited, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include ADT, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, MetroPCS, and Stolichnaya. Other sponsors include: Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Haier America, High Point Solutions, Phillips-Van Heusen, and Willis.

Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center will be accessible by nine subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road. For more information on Barclays Center please visit

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Hosted in the most influential financial and cultural capitals for Europe, Asia and America, Gucci Masters takes place in Paris the first week of December (December 2-4, 2011); Hong Kong Masters is the first week of March (March 1-3, 2012) and the inaugural New York Masters will take place the first week of October of 2013 (October 3-6, 2013).

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