Top Acts Perform At Olympic Medals Ceremonies
Operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli and pop star Kelly Clarkson have already performed concerts following ceremonies awarding the day's medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.Operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli and pop star Kelly Clarkson have already performed concerts following ceremonies awarding the day's medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. The free shows take place in Piazza Castello, a courtyard directly in front of the city's Royal Palace.
The nightly events put internationally known artists on stage to enhance the celebration of the athletes who emerged victorious on the snow and ice. But rather than an international audience, reports say the crowds so far have been largely made up of locals seeking to take part in the Olympic experience.
While the list of performers includes pop stars like Avril Lavigne and Whitney Houston, as well as rock veteran Lou Reed, native artists are well represented. Beyond Tuscany-born Bocelli, Roman composer Ennio Morricone is billed as tonight's (Feb. 13) performer, followed tomorrow by pop singer Gianni Morandi, from the central Italian city of Monghidoro. Italians Paolo Conte (Feb. 18), Nek (Feb. 20) and Max Pezzali (Feb. 24) are also on tap, while French-Italian singer Ricardo Cocciante has the honor of performing following the final medals ceremony on Feb. 25.
Also lined up are Duran Duran (Wednesday), Jamiroquai (Thursday), Anastacia (Friday), Houston (Sunday), Lavigne (Feb. 21), Ricky Martin (Feb. 22) and Reed (Feb. 23).