CLEARWATER - Legendary composer and performer Yanni is set to continue his world tour which includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4-5, at 7:30 p.m.
Yanni’s contemporary symphonic music has inspired millions of fans around the world. In concert, his passionate, soaring melodies and lush orchestration create a spirited and uplifting musical experience like no other. Yanni kicked off his world tour in April 2012 with 80 dates in North America. The tour included stops in Chile, Argentina, Russia, China and U.A.E., among others. For a complete list of tour dates, visit www.yanni.com. On tour, Yanni and his orchestra will play favorites from throughout his career, as well as selections from his latest studio album release, Truth of Touch (2011).
Yanni’s world tour coincided with the CD and DVD release of Yanni: Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico (Sony Music), capturing two sold-out concerts in December 2011 at the historic 16th-century Castillo San Felipe Del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The dates were the first-ever performances at this recognized UNESCO Heritage Site, and the shows were filmed in high-definition and recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Performing at the castle represented a 20-year dream come true for Yanni, building on the legacy of iconic global sites that have played host to his concerts including the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Forbidden City in China (he was the first western performer to play at the latter two). Yanni: Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico also made its nationwide debut on PBS later in 2012. Yanni is one of public television’s all-time top fundraisers, and this latest special marks his 10th collaboration with PBS.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced a collaboration with Yanni aimed at raising awareness of giant panda conservation, noting that “what we do to earth, we do to ourselves”. Yanni was inspired to help protect giant pandas after he “adopted” a two-month old panda cub at the Chinese Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in October 2011. Yanni was the first western artist to be given the honor of symbolically adopting one of Chengdu’s pandas (a privilege reserved almost exclusively for nations rather than personalities, it is considered one of China’s highest honors). He named the panda “Santorini” after one of the most beautiful islands in his native Greece. “Santorini” is also one of Yanni’s most well-known compositions and contains the word “Irini,” which means “peace” in Greek. He views his adopted panda as “the beautiful panda of peace.”
As part of the collaboration, WWF and Yanni have created a $50 Limited Edition “Santorini” Panda Adoption Kit, allowing supporters to symbolically adopt a panda. As a thank you to those individuals who support WWF’s efforts through this program, supporters will receive a symbolic adoption kit that includes a plush panda, a photo of Yanni and Santorini, a DVD with exclusive content (including footage of Yanni and Santorini), a certificate of adoption, a reusable tote bag, and an information card with a panda photo. To symbolically adopt a panda or to learn about the full story, please visit: www.Yanni.com/Santorini.
During the first leg of the North American tour, Yanni connected with NASA, toured their facilities and met some of their leading scientists and astronauts. At the end of every concert, Yanni speaks about space and what Earth looks like from above, noting that there are no lines on the map. Yanni was honored with a plaque of appreciation from Mission Operations and continues to support NASA and the work they accomplish.
Reserved tickets priced at $49.50, $69.50, $89.50 and $125 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com.
Pre-show dining priced at $20 is available before the performance. For reservations and more information, patrons are encouraged to contact the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.