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Photos: Kris Allen and Yanni perform at the Magic Kingdom Christmas Day Parade taping

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“American Idol” winner Kris Allen and composer/pianist Yanni performed at the Magic Kingdom on Dec. 3, 2009 as part of this year’s taping of the annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

Taping continues on Dec. 4 and 5 and will be aired on Dec. 25 on ABC.

Here are a few photos of today’s performances, courtesy of Robert Ashburn:

The Goodyear Blimp hovered over the Magic Kingdom during today’s performance tapings.


Pianist and composer Yanni played the piano.


Accompanying Yanni were a set of singers.


Kris Allen, the most-recent winner of “American Idol”, took the stage and performed a song with a band.

More Kris Allen photos…


Regis Philbin has hosted the annual Disney Christmas Day Parade for many years but due to his recent hip surgery, he was unable to make it to this year’s taping. In his place, singer Nick Cannon (pictured here) hosts the event.


You can see more from today’s Disney Christmas Day Parade taping in this photo gallery.

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74 comments

Yoni December 5, 2009 - 12:06 pm

Amazing musician in amazing place!!!

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treefrog December 12, 2009 - 11:51 am

so glad yanni and voices are doing christmas music. saw the tour and fell in love . have 2 copies of the voices cd, my favorite cd . MERRY CHRISTMAS YANNI AND YOUR VOICES. Thanks for your beautiful words and music.

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paulina December 15, 2009 - 6:13 am

hola queridisimo yanni. desde madrid te saludo con mucho amor. FELIZ NAVIDAD para ti y todos los que tienes al rededor. paulina.

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ROSEMARY DIXON December 19, 2009 - 10:10 pm

I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOU AND YOUR VOICES DOING CHRISTMAS MUSIC. SAW THE CONCERT TWICE I HAVE THE CD AND THE DVD. I TOTALLY ENJOYED BOTH. I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN AT AN CONCERT REAL SOON. PLEASE KEEP ON MAKING YOR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. I REALLY ENJOY ENDER AND ALL THE VOICES. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU.

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Gloria December 21, 2009 - 8:48 pm

I’m so excited and I can’t wait to watch and hear the whole concert the 25th. Me and my 10 year old daughter went to see you when you were here in San Diego, Ca. Actually my daughter was waiting and counting the days left to go and see you on June 20th; she was so happy ! Your music let us vibrate and inspirate to do more than 100% and spiritually as well. I identify myself with you about the music. See you soon !

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Liz December 22, 2009 - 11:44 am

I have no doubt you and the kids will amaze us on the 25th, been waiting for a christmas music from you since you began your music career. Wishing you all, a safe and merry christmas!

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Paul December 22, 2009 - 3:59 pm

yanni on tv on christmas day – can’t wait!!!

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MBS December 25, 2009 - 10:21 am

please give me a direct link to abc TV online show for watch yanni and walt disney christmas day

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wole akin December 25, 2009 - 6:06 pm

wonderful music.a really consistent musician,a gift to mankind.

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Dimitris December 26, 2009 - 7:56 am

Yianni , Geia sou from Piraeus , Greece !
It is not random that both Ancient God of Music APOLLO and Modern God of Music YANNI , both were born in Greece !
Keep going with beautiful Music.
Best wishes also to Chloe , Leslie ,Nathan and Ender

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Linda December 27, 2009 - 1:01 am

That was the most beautiful O Holy Night I have ever heard..and I have heard many as it is my favorite Christmas song. I was in tears within the first 15 seconds. Had never heard of Yanni and his Voices….but have researched and read all I can. You are all amazing. Even when I don’t understand the language / words…your music is very touching. O Holy Night…THE MOST BEAUTIFUL song and voices I have ever heard…..ever…!!

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youness December 27, 2009 - 11:17 am

really amazing peapol in amazing place i didn’t know yanni befor but now i love him

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NANCY SANDERS FROM THE JERSEY SHORE! December 28, 2009 - 9:57 am

YANNI THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL GIFT OF YOUR MUSIC, BRAVO MY FRIEND! YOUR MASTERPIECE IS NOW COMPLETE WITH THE VOICES…………………IT IS MAGICAL TO THE SOUL AND HEALING IN NATURE, YOU HAVE CAPTURED THE BEAUTY OF HUMAN EMOTIONS IN IT’S PEAK! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR CREW, PLEASE COME BACK TO NEW JERSEY AND VISIT US AGAIN REAL SOON! YOU MAKE MY WORLD A BETTER PLACE, THANKS FROM THE JERSEY SHORE!!

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Abd December 31, 2009 - 6:41 am

Thanks for your beautiful music
realy your music make me happy in my life
thanks alot!!
Abd. from IRAQ

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ahmad January 4, 2010 - 11:30 am

i love yanni music too much , and i am going after him where ever he go ,by interesting to his music .
i would ask him two things and i hope do his best to fulfil my dream
make try in here in syria to make real humanity connection with arab and all community s .
make a try with kitaro musican , that i think they will create very big thing

many thanks and with all my love

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Gail Bowers January 5, 2010 - 3:40 am

Your Music Is wonderful. With out your music life for me would be too hard to bare. Your notes and presentation paints the most beautiful pictures in my mind. I listen almost every day to your wonderful pieces. They keep me sane and take away my troubles. THANK YOU
Gailbowers

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Juan Carlos January 9, 2010 - 9:12 am

congratulations for Yanni. I see to Yanni in my city in Puebla, Puebla Mexico, the new concert is wonderfull

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Jun Jies January 10, 2010 - 6:57 am

Thanks for all you have done.Your Music is wonderful .I’ll love you all of my rest life.

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واحد من ملايين البشر January 18, 2010 - 11:38 am

أعجبتني مقطوعتك الموسيقية التي بعنوان desier
من أروع ما يكون راااائعة يا ياني
شكرا لك

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DOMINGA January 19, 2010 - 3:03 am

Yanni, have loved your music for last 20 years and look forward to enjoying it forever. I was fortunate enough to see the Voices concert live in June in the Texas. What a thrill to be in the same room with you. Best wishes in 2010 to Yanni and Voices, hope to see another tour very very soon.

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vianey January 19, 2010 - 9:25 pm

i’m from a small town in veracruz mexico and i love your music is the best you are the best musician in the world your concerts are the best and i travel a lot to see you and i hope to see you soon you are my idol.

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graça January 24, 2010 - 3:27 pm

yanni faz parte de minha vida. Preciso sentir seu olhar ao menos um pouquinho

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rajaah January 25, 2010 - 2:20 pm

dear yanni how are u im rajaa from iraq u music was usful to me in bad time it was candel in my dark nights i have alot of dark nights in my life u know what happend in iraq i wish u com to iraq to hear u music i love u music alot thank u for u music it realy beautiful thank u dear alot

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khaled January 25, 2010 - 3:54 pm

Yanni you are a great musician.
and i have a dream to see you here in lebanon in a concert in baalbak or betiddine …
your music make millions happy.
all the best

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hesam January 29, 2010 - 5:22 am

the yanni is the best and if he can’t believe he is best so he should believe it , he should .
and yanni team is the best in the world so his musics is the best . best best best best best best ……
i am Iranian and i play violin so i love samvel yervinyan .

yanni you are best.
hesam

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amanos February 2, 2010 - 7:41 pm

you are the God of music

when i listen to your music.. i just feel that i can fly away

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karine February 4, 2010 - 8:18 pm

Yanni deseo muchas Felicidad,eres un hombre incrivél.
Gusto mucho das cosas que encanta o corazon de todas
personas.
receba un saludo de todos os brasilenios.

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rasoul February 13, 2010 - 1:53 pm

hi yanni .mr30…..mr30…mr30
من یه ایرانی ام و واقعا با زبون بی زبونی مرسی خیلی حال دادی

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REZA February 14, 2010 - 2:19 am

HI . RASOUL IS A IRANIAN MAN AND HE LOVES YANNI AND YANNI VOICES. I AM IRANIAN MAN TOO. IRANIAN PEPOLE LIKES YANNI BUT I AND MY PEPOLE DONT KNOW WHAY YANNI DONT COME TO IRAN . WE LOVE YANNI AN YANNI VOICESES GROUP. NATHAN , CHLOE , ENDER AND LESLIE.

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مصرى February 14, 2010 - 11:15 am

بجد مش ممكن موسيقى اكثر من رائعة ولا فى الاحلام
ياريت يجى مصر يعمل حفلة فى مصر
fantastic music as in a dream
we hope to make a party in egypt
thank you

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HON. ADEYEMI OLUWOLE February 15, 2010 - 6:12 am

YANNI, VERY EASILY THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO MUSIC. INDEED GOD’S GIFT TO HUMANITY. AM NIGERIAN AND U WILL NOT BELEIVE HOW FAST ALL YANNI CD’S AND DVD’S ARE SNAPPED UP. THE ONLY PITY AND REGRET I HAVE IS THAT I MAY NEVER MEET OR SEE U LIVE IN MY LIFE TIME.ANY CHANCE OF A CONCERT IN WEST AFRICA SOON? IT WILL BE A MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE.

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Helen Stamatelatos February 15, 2010 - 10:47 pm

I have had the pleasure of seeing Yanni at many concerts and the awe of meeting him as well. His talent and creativity is beyond amazing. My prayer is that God always blesses him and allows this unique and multi talented man to continue bringing us the beauty of his music for many many years to come! Once a Yanni fan, forever a Yanni fan!

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sara February 17, 2010 - 3:20 am

i’ve never loved artist such as yanni, i really like yanni to come here to jordan. we do like his amzing music

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keyvan February 18, 2010 - 5:19 am

i love u so much yanni ,and i need ur music for my relaxation.i playing piano and when i do that,until the last moment is the first track.good luck my friend.

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mesbah February 19, 2010 - 1:08 pm

u r creative yanni iam from syria and we hope u to make ur next tour in ower city (aleppo) .
we have history in old and magic music across the est and
i want u to live this experyance, thank u.

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mohammad February 20, 2010 - 12:39 pm

I love you. you’r music is singular

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hossein February 21, 2010 - 2:29 am

I’m Iranian. I Love All of Yanni’s Musics very much. I hope good luck for YANNI…

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SHAAHIN February 22, 2010 - 7:44 am

HI,
EVERYBODY WILL FALL IN LOVE YOUR MUSIC AFTER FIRST TIME THAT LISTENS THEM.
MY NAME IS SHAAHIN. I LOVE YOUR MIUSIC YANNI. YOU PLAY GOD`S MUSICS.

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danny February 23, 2010 - 3:13 am

u r amazin yanni i love u so much ur my inspire when i heard u i deel im flying i belive that tje music its afact to make the world love each other and there is no fistinguioshes between the human been ur assoooooooooooooooooooooooome yanii. danny from iraq

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yanni lover February 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

noone knows what you are going to do next!you alwayas have a big surpries.
thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.
love you yanni

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amin March 2, 2010 - 8:03 am

today i saw some texts from some body that didn’t know YANNI
and today they’ve know YANNI and will love him so much
he has created many magic musics and i think about some thing like that what happens in his childhood life that he could creates these musics it’s about 8 years that i know him and everyday i am listen to his musics what his visual concerts and mp3 musics and they ‘re clear my brain. I LOVE YOU YANNI I DON’T KNOW HOW CAN i TELL YOU MY FEELING ? every day that i listen to YANNI’s musics i feeling cry and a madness love about him it’s one of my big wishes to be one of his musician in hi s concerts like a guitar player.
at last i’ll come to see yanni i repeat i dont know how could i tell you my feeling .
All your concets are the best concerts in the world
just this is my question from yanni :
what memory’s you had that you can create this musics? i like to answer these question, thank you.
have good wishes

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hasti safaei March 3, 2010 - 7:16 am

hello to my best pianist. ilove your music . iam iranian and ican play the piano 7 years old. i wish one day play the piano with you . good buy my best pianist.

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alihitachi March 9, 2010 - 6:26 am

شكرا يا ياني الوردة انت من عجايب الدنيا السبع انا طبعا من عشاق ياني مع الاسف الاوضاع بالعراق لا تساعد كان جاء ياني الى العراق في بابل الاثرية شكرا لك

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mina March 9, 2010 - 7:55 am

hi.i know that no words can express my feeling towards you. i just go after my dreams &that is kissing your hands . i am a Muslim & i can never ….but if there is a will then there is a way.please please please come to one of the Middle East countries.grant our wish,please.maybe some day i could come with my hammer dulcimer to Florida and play the most beautiful Iranian song for you.forever love,Mina.

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Maziyar March 10, 2010 - 3:36 am

سلام ياني عزيز. وقتي كه به آهنگ هاي تو گوش مي كنم احساس مي كنم در جايي ماوراي زمين هستم آهنگ هاي تو از حد تصور فراتر است. آهنگ هاي تو فوق العاده روياي وزيباست و كيفيت آنها بينهايت. ازايكه توانستم با آهنگ هاي تو آشنا شوم بر خودم مي بالم و افتخار مي كنم و دوست دارم تو هم پيامم را درك كني

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Leaner March 10, 2010 - 8:39 am

first come here and say something,yeah,i am a learner,but i like Yanni for his music making me fill beatiful

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Ali Kardgar March 10, 2010 - 9:28 am

Hammered dulcimer
The hammered dulcimer (also known as the hammer dulcimer) is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. The instrument is typically set at an angle on a stand in front of the musician, who holds a small mallet, called a hammer in each hand with which to strike the strings (for the plucked Appalachian dulcimer, see Appalachian dulcimer). The word dulcimer comes from the Latin dulcis or “sweet” and the Greek melos, meaning “song”. The origin of the instrument is uncertain, but tradition holds that it was invented in Iran roughly 2000 years ago, where it is called a Santur. (See also Santoor, a folk instrument from the Kashmir region.)
I Love you so much and i love your music, i saw your yanni voices video and you introduce the hammer dulcimer the american instrument, but i want to say that this is a traditional IRANIAN instrument that we called it SANTUR.
Thanks for everything

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reza March 10, 2010 - 5:47 pm

THE GARDEN OF MY IMAGINATION IS PAINTED OF YOUR MUSICS
AND MY HEART IS HAPPY FROM YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEELING
thanks a million Mr Yanni
—-FROM IRAN—-

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javier devia March 10, 2010 - 9:16 pm

buen video esperamos verlo en chile

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Sanni March 12, 2010 - 10:58 am

I am15 years old . I like yannis songs . I copose 4 symphon
in Iran.

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Hooti March 18, 2010 - 3:17 am

I’m one of your fans .please come to middle east .I’m from Iran.
you are our lord at Music

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halaa March 18, 2010 - 3:23 pm

انت من عجائب الدنيا ياني
هي سبعة فصارت ثمانية
انت الثامن
انت رائع
رائع
رائع

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Maria March 19, 2010 - 2:49 pm

BRAVO YANNI
ALL I CAN SAY IS AXIOS AXIOS
YOUR MUSIC IS SO BEAUTIFUL RELAXING IT GOES BEYOND ANY IMAGINATION
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GROUP CLOE NATHAN ENDER
GOD BLESS
MARIA
EISE ELINARAS

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Ehab Ismail March 19, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Yanni, the words will not express how i feel, really your amazing, im one of your billion fans , im lisitening to your music since i was 20 years old now i become 31, so imagine hows your impact on my life , Yanni this is to know that we are looking for your visit to EGYPT my country , im dreaming to attend one of your concert believe me our sooooo Great, and my pleasure to all of your respected, professional team thats shares your in success. and this is to let you know that i decided to play “if i could tell you” and ” playing by heart” tracks in my wedding , because really it reaches my inner feelings, Egypt fans are waiting for you…
Regards,
Ehab Ismail

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CATHERINE ELIZABETH MERRY-AZIMI..... March 22, 2010 - 1:09 am

Dear Yanni and Company—Your lyrics mention crying like an ANGEL…and that is just what i did when i read the comments about all of you! Love has vined and blossomed and it seems there are no bounds to the gifts you have ALL been given and developed!

To say you have a ministry is an understatement! So committed your team is! I was so blessed to meet some of the team in Chicago, and i can’t tell you what a gift that was to me. I’m not a musical instrument player, but i resonate with those that wish they could be a part of your team. World travels and great love have been my dreams since i was bitty. The places you go! Could you just pack me in your suitcase, i promise to be no bother. I can’t find enough paper to tell you how the hope in your God’s Music, as one patron said has vined within me and without as well.
Ducet deram to you all. One day the ANGELS rejoicing and dancing over you all will become visible, i just know it!!!!!!!
kitty

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CATHERINE ELIZABETH MERRY-AZIMI..... March 22, 2010 - 1:15 am

P.S> Are you also a Radio Doctor? (::)

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Sunday March 23, 2010 - 2:46 am

雅尼是永远的音乐之神
希望你再次来到中国

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CATHERINE ELIZABETH MERRY-AZIMI..... March 23, 2010 - 3:53 am

Oh, how i wish to know you and i feel so sad i cant if i can’t read your writing, or understand your wors or heart! Can someone invent a program to translte more than a few words at a time and put it into english and other lenguas?
God
bless YOU entry for 3/23/10 at 2:46AM.. safe passage.. and blessings from kitty
PS: It’s AAALLL Greek to me, no pun intended, Juan Chrysomalis at large! :)(:

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ali yanni March 27, 2010 - 6:58 am

I am from Iraq and I’m addicted Yani and I hope we come to Iraq, but unfortunately, I wish to send to Yanni concert London hotel on the site or ÇáÇãíá and thank you, I wish you beautiful Yani Ataiwilpapennek faithfully to life

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Wilson K P March 27, 2010 - 7:49 pm

GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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tarek March 29, 2010 - 10:02 am

YANNI you are the best

you are my Idol

love you

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mayaad April 5, 2010 - 5:20 am

i love you yanni
أعظم موسيقي في التاريخ
أحب أغنية until the last moment

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SHIRIN April 5, 2010 - 6:16 am

Hi dear yanni, me and my husband(hamid reza) love you so much. we wish the best for you.we hope you will be had a concert in iran as soon as possible.

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Amjed April 9, 2010 - 5:47 am

أنت أغرب وأروع انسان على وجه الارض … انسان ملئ بالاحساس والعواطف انا من اشد المعجبين

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badis April 9, 2010 - 12:40 pm

yanni is the best of the best

im from algeria
نعم حقيقة انه من عجائب الدنيا السبع و لا في الاحلام
لم اسمع موسيقى اروع و لا اجمل من التي يعزفها الحساس yanni شكرا ياني شكرا
thenk’s yanni thenk’s

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tomas vela April 9, 2010 - 9:38 pm

yanni the man of the mistic harmony and your music touch our souls and spirit the sears center show was out of this world thankyou yanni

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Kiya Yuan April 12, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Can not help my tear when I am listening to your music. Especially for “Nightingale”、”Orchid”、”With an Orchid”、”The End of August”、”Never Leave the Sun”.They’re so so beautiful ,like the whispering flow and the euphemism of the song ,l’m so moved.Many many thanks~You are the BEST~

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moumen April 13, 2010 - 1:34 pm

hi! i’m moumen from algeria.24 years old
i would to tell a think about yanni
it’s my favorite musician in the world, yanni you’re the best of the best , good work yanni i congratulate you.
go ahead

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Kiya Yuan April 13, 2010 - 9:01 pm

P.S.
Welcome to Shanghai~
Welcome to China again~

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Silvana Alves April 22, 2010 - 8:27 pm

Amo suas músicas!

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Reem April 25, 2010 - 5:51 am

i’m arabian girl from Syria, and i adore yanni and his music since i was 10years old,i’m now 27 and still listen to Yanni’s adorable ,wonderful,great music.
i love you yanni more than any musican all over the world,you are wonderful and great Greec man, you are a Greec Legend,yes you really are.
please yanni would you come to Syria or Kuwait or Dubai or any arabian country for a concert, i would bye all what i own to attend a concert for you Great Greec Legend, it’s your image in my heart and mind,
i love and adore Yanni forever.
Keep going,أنا بحبك ياني ,انت رائع جدا

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Jorge April 28, 2010 - 12:41 am

Yanni, tienes que pasarte por Madrid un día de estos.
Ya sabes que en España hace muy buen tiempo casi todo el año y puedes enrollarte y dar un concierto en un paraje abierto, al aire libre. ¿Qué te parece majete? ¿A que no es mala idea?
Venga, te esperamos.

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basel Hassan al-shayeb May 24, 2010 - 5:38 pm

yanni you are the best music in the world , i listen to your music since 15 years ago , really you are fastantec player on playing piano and others music.

Hassan
Basel
saleem

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rohi August 6, 2010 - 5:55 pm

but in fact i can say just i love you
you’re in my hurt
im from iran
have best wishes
rouhollah naji in mashhad

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