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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Grammy-winning trumpeter returns to Ocala in February

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti is returning to the Reilly Arts Center in February, and tickets are now on sale.

Over the course of a career spanning nearly three decades, Botti has collaborated with some of the biggest superstars in music, including Sting, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Steven Tyler, Andrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and more.

In addition, Botti has topped the jazz charts with numerous albums, earned multiple gold and platinum records, and he has performed with symphony orchestras and on prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Sydney Opera House.

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Chris Botti will perform at the Reilly Arts Center on February 20, 2024 (Photo: Chris Botti)

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, Botti will take the stage for a performance at the Reilly Arts Center, which is located at 500 NE 9th Street in Ocala.

The upcoming tour is in support of Botti’s first album in over a decade, Vol. 1, which releases on October 20, 2023.

Produced by David Foster, Vol. 1 features ballad renditions of standards including “Old Folks,” “My Funny Valentine,” Someday My Prince Will Come,” and “Blue In Green,” as well as a cover of Coldplay’s hit single “Fix You.”

“I turned 60 in 2022, at a time that seemed like a restart for so many things in the world,” says Botti. “I wanted to strip away all the orchestral arrangements and special guests and focus more on my playing, the playing of my band, and these jazz classics that we always love playing on stage.”

Tickets are currently on sale for the February 20th concert, ranging from $40 to $150.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Reilly Arts Center website.