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Trumpet Virtuoso Chris Botti Talks Fear of Hearing Loss

Raising awareness of hearing loss prevention is a personal thing for trumpet virtuoso Chris Botti — who is starring in a new public service campaign from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE), and brought in his friend Sting as narrator. Asked about people in his life who are dealing with hearing loss, he is quick to respond: “Every musician.

“If you’re playing live — any performing musician, it’s just inevitable that it’s going to happen. It’s kind of one of the downfalls of the business I’m in, because if you’re onstage with a loud symbol behind you all night long, it’s going to affect you. It makes me want to do anything I can to heighten the awareness for people to understand that as they get older, their hearing is going to lose its luster…Getting it checked and wearing earplugs when possible, and ear guards, that can help.”

The sexy trumpet man himself doesn’t wear ear plugs. “It’s the worst, because with a trumpet, it’s hard to explain, but if you wear earplugs, you hear your internal sounds, the buzzing of your lips, rather than the music. Musicians like rock drummers and guitarists — and there are millions of them around the world — can wear earplugs. They have ones that are clear and no one knows they’re there.”

Botti’s involvement in the campaign also includes his presence at the NYEE gala in November — with the winner of NYEE’s Favorite Sounds sweepstakes and 10 friends as his table mates. Contest entries will consist of videos that capture people’s favorite sounds. (Information can be found at iLikeMyHearing.org.) May is National Hearing Month, but the NYEE plans to keep the campaign going all year.

MEANWHILE: Botti, who tours 300 days a year, has just come out with his latest recording, Impressions” — with one of the most wide-ranging lists of composers and guest artists you’ll find on any album. “The unifying theme was probably to make it as non-unified as we could,” he says with a laugh. But Botti’s polished sound serves as the tie that binds them all together. “Through the years I’ve made records that have a certain space, a certain sheen — very audiophile — and that sort of links them together whether you’re doing an R. Kelly song, or Michael Jackson, or Mark Knopfler. It just kind of rolls off rather nicely,” he says. “And I’m very proud of the eclectic nature of this, to go from Andrea Bocelli to Vince Gill to David Foster is a real thrill for me.”

Mia Michaels-Sting Collaboration Possible for Her Broadway Show

Mia Michaels

Look out, Broadway.  “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and choreographer extraordinaire Mia Michaels has started taking her first few steps toward formation of the show she’ll be bringing to New York next year, including, she reveals, talking to Sting about doing the music.  She also has had discussions with a couple of noteworthy actors, and we might see some of our favorite faces from “SYTYCD” in her stage production.

“Absolutely I would use them,” she says.

Up ‘til now, Michaels’ has had the current season of the hit Fox show at the forefront of her mind.  With tonight’s (8/12) final episode of summer 2010 – and either Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman or Robert Roldan being named the winner – she’s psyched up to “make it all about celebrating the kids and their journey, how far they’ve come from day one.  It should be fun-filled.  There’s going to be recaps.  There’s going to be surprises.  I’m so looking forward to it.”


Viewers already got a preview of sorts of Michaels’ upcoming stage extravaganza.  “The last group number I did was kind of like a little bit of a seed of exploration of what my Broadway show is going to be,” she reveals.  Mounting of the yet-untitled theatrical production, which she’ll direct as well as choreograph, is being followed for a Bravo series about the ultra-hot dance talent.

“Yes it is a doc series – a ‘making of’ – but it’s going to have my Mia twist in there, so it’s not going to be typical.  It’s going to have some other elements,” she says.

Everything will pop in 2011, if all goes according to plan.  Potentially, she’ll be doing both new projects and “SYTYCD” simultaneously.

Michaels is definite that she wants to continue as a judge on the competition show, and says the criticism she and fellow judges Adam Shankman and Nigel Lithgoe have taken this season has not dampened her enthusiasm.

“I love being back on ‘So You Think.’  I love being a part of it.  I feel like my title has become so Mama Mia, and I love that.  I think that next season, if they ask me back, people will start getting used to me and knowing where my heart is and where my words come from,” she adds, referring to knocks she’s been getting for her harshness toward certain dancers.  “I think now people are a little like little taken aback, but I think in time they’ll see I’m coming from a good place.”