Colosseum extravaganza with Sir Elton John

Andrea Bocelli

 ROME-  Stars including Sir Elton John Steven Tyler and David Foster are to take part in a series of charity events in Rome, including an evening at the Colosseum. The fourth edition of Andrea Bocelli’s “Celebrity Fight Night” is taking place in the capital from Sept. 5 to Sept. 11. 

 The four-year anniversary was celebrated Wednesday evening with an exclusive rooftop dinner at a five-star hotel in the capital. Celebrities were able to enjoy breathtaking views of the slopes of Monte Mairo in Rome. 200 philanthropist guests arrived directly from New York on a jumbo jet and were hosted by the maestro Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica Berti.

 On Friday, Sir Elton John, Steven Tyler and David Foster will be among those performing on a stage set up within the Colosseum. They will be accompanied by the JuniOrchestra and the choir from the Musical Academy of Santa Cecilia. A reception at the Galleria Doria Pamphilj will also form part of the evening.

 Others set be participating over the festival include Susan Sarandon, Sophia Loren, Antonio Banderas and Ray Liotta, according to Il Messaggero.

 The Andrea Bocelli Foundation supports numerous educational projects, which has recently included the reconstruction of a school in the Macerata province, which was destroyed by the 2016 earthquake in the region.

All proceeds from the event will be shared between the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.