March 16, 2005

Hillary Clinton Invites Chris Botti To Perform At Fundraiser

Chris Botti will be the only performer at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.

chrisbotti3.jpgLast year, the world discovered that Oprah Winfrey is a huge Chris Botti fan when she praised his music before he performed on her popular TV show. Now it can be assumed that Botti has a huge fan in another of one of America’s most powerful women: New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

The senator has invited Botti to be the only musical performer at fundraiser in New York City on March 21. While Botti will be playing at the event at the Hudson Theatre in Manhattan, this is not a standard Chris Botti show – tickets are $1,000 per plate. Botti even wants his fans to know that while the event is open to the public, its purpose is to support Clinton more than it is a chance to see him perform. Clinton's six-year term in the Senate expires next year, and speculation has it that she may even make a bid for the presidency in 2008.

Performing at the fund-raiser for the former First Lady of the United States is just part of what’s been an incredible run for the very successful Botti. He recalls when he knew he had officially crossed over into superstardom before performing last year at a Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway:

“I walked into this press conference, and there was this long table and a million photographers," he says. "And the artists that were supposed to play at the performance that night were all there. Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Joss Stone, Patti LaBelle, myself, Andrea Bocelli. And it was hosted by Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey. And I kind of sat there and said to myself – being the only instrumentalist on the bill, playing in front of worldwide television – I just said, 'Well, I feel that the sound of my instrument crossed over at the moment.' And then I freaked out.”

Posted by Brian Soergel at March 16, 2005 11:39 PM