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Dare to Dream (stylised as DARE to dream) is the eighth studio album by Greek keyboardist and composer Yanni, released in March 1992 on Private Music. The album peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart and at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 chart in the same year.[1] It went gold within two months of its release and was nominated for a Grammy.

Dare to Dream
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 1992
LabelPrivate Music
Yanni chronology
Romantic Moments
Dare to Dream
In My Time



Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]

In a review by Johnny Loftus, "Dare to Dream is Yanni's first new material in three years and finds the new age composer fitting his unflinchingly romantic arrangements into tighter song structures. The surging synth backgrounds, insistent piano lines and general grandiosity that mark Yanni's sound are still intact. But tracks like "A Love for Life" or "Nice to Meet You" harness that famously epic energy in smaller stables. This tactic works especially well on the latter track, which is led by the wail of an electric fiddle. Elsewhere, Yanni plucks the heartstrings with "In the Mirror" and "So Long My Friend" – two weepy ballads that cascade like sheets of rain on a lonely city street. The seven-minute "You Only Live Once" becomes the only really epic piece on Dare to Dream, and it's pleasant enough. However, it illustrates the main drawback to Dream, which is Yanni's reliance on the shifting sands of synthesizers to do his bidding. As his rousing 1990 Live collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra proved, live instruments only accentuate the humanity of Yanni's music instead of deadening it like his fleets of keyboards have a tendency to do. This is a minor issue, though. Since artificial instrumentation has always been part of Yanni's highly successful sound, fans of the composer likely won't be put off by their prominence here."[3]

Track listingEdit

1."Once Upon a Time"3:51
2."A Love for Life"5:07
3."Nice to Meet You"5:35
4."So Long My Friend"3:47
5."You Only Live Once"7:19
6."To the One Who Knows"5:37
7."Face in the Photograph"3:47
11."A Night to Remember"5:47
12."In the Mirror"4:07


  • All music composed by Yanni except "Aria" [Note: "Aria" is based around a short part of the 19th century French opera, Lakmé, by Léo Delibes. Concept for "Aria" by Malcolm McLaren and Yanni.]
  • Recorded at Yanni's private studios
  • Engineered by Yanni
  • Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles
  • Acoustic, electronic drums and percussion by Charlie Adams
  • Acoustic violin on "So Long My Friend" and "Nice to Meet You" by Charlie Bisharat
  • Vocals on "Aria" by Mona Lisa
  • Produced by Yanni

(Personnel as described in CD liner notes.)[4]

RIAA certificationEdit

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold and Platinum database entries:[5]

  • (G=Gold, P=Platinum, M=Multi-Platinum)

The Dare to Dream concert tourEdit



April 4 – June 20, 1992


65 cities

Set listEdit

Selections from Reflections of Passion, In Celebration of Life and Dare to Dream

The bandEdit

This 2 hour and 15 minute concert is performed completely live and showcases the broad range of Yanni's music through a unique marriage of acoustic and electronic sound. Yanni and two additional keyboardists (Bradley Joseph and Julie Homi), are backed by a rhythm section headed by Charlie Adams on drums, with Michael Bruno on percussion and Osama Afifi on bass, and a string section featuring Charlie Bisharat and Karen Briggs on violin, and Sachi McHenry on cello.[6]

Tour productionEdit

  • Yanni's Manager: Jeff D. Klein
  • Booking Agent: Fred Bohlander, Monterey Peninsula Artists
  • Tour Manager: Vincent Corry
  • Prod. Mgr/Designer: David "Gurn" Kaniski
  • House Sound Mixer: Tommy Sterling
  • Stage Monitor Mixer: Paul Serault
  • Stage Manager: Peter Feldman
  • Drum/Bass Tech: Jeff Buswell
  • Keyboard Tech: Peter Maher
  • Vari-lite Operator: Bryan Faris
  • Sound Tech: Tracy Kuntsmann
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Gus Thomson
  • Lighting Tech: Tod Metz
  • Tour Accountant: Diane Kramer, Numbers, Inc.
  • Set Construction: George & Goldberg
  • Wardrobe: Lynn Bugai
  • Yanni's Assistant: Susan Smela
  • Tour Publicity: Dione Dirito
Special Thanks

Tour datesEdit


Date City Country Venue
North America
April 4, 1992 Charleston United States Gaillard Performance Hall
April 4, 1992 Atlanta Fox Theatre
April 6, 1992 Birmingham Alabama Theatre
April 8, 1992 St. Petersburg Mahaffey Theater
April 9, 1992 Fort Lauderdale Broward Center for the Performing Arts
April 10, 1992 Orlando Carr Performing Arts Center
April 11, 1992 Jacksonville Florida Theatre
April 12, 1992 Pensacola Saenger Theatre
April 15, 1992 Charlotte Ovens Auditorium
April 16, 1992 Raleigh Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 17, 1992 Asheville Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
April 18, 1992 Knoxville Tennessee Theatre
April 21, 1992 Allentown Symphony Hall Theatre
April 22, 1992 Fairfax GMU Center for the Arts
April 23, 1992 Harrisburg Zembo Mosque
April 24, 1992 Pittsburgh Palumbo Center
April 25, 1992 Rochester Auditorium Theatre
April 26, 1992 Upper Darby Tower Theater
April 28, 1992 Hartford The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
April 30, 1992 Asbury Park Paramount Theatre
May 1, 1992 New York City Radio City Music Hall
May 2, 1992 Boston Orpheum Theatre
May 3, 1992 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
May 4, 1992 Shenectady Proctor's Theatre
May 7, 1992 Columbus Palace Theatre
May 8, 1992 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Amphitheatre
May 9, 1992 Cleveland Palace Theatre
May 10, 1992 Dayton Dayton Memorial Hall
May 11, 1992 Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall
May 13, 1992 Toronto Massey Hall
May 15, 1992 Detroit Fox Theatre
May 17, 1992 Chicago Chicago Theatre
May 19, 1992 Louisville Macauley's Theatre
May 20, 1992 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
May 21, 1992 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre
May 22, 1992 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre
May 26, 1992 Madison Civic Center
May 27, 1992 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
May 28, 1992 Tulsa Brady Theater
May 30, 1992 Dallas McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
May 31, 1992 Houston Jones Hall
June 3, 1992 Santa Fe Paolo Soleri Amphitheater
June 4, 1992 Denver Denver Center for the Performing Arts
June 6, 1992 Salt Lake City Abravanel Hall
June 8, 1992 Tucson Tucson Convention Center
June 10, 1992 Phoenix Phoenix Symphony Hall
June 11, 1992 San Diego Copley Symphony Hall
June 12, 1992 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre
June 13, 1992 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre
June 17, 1992 San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
June 18, 1992 Santa Rosa Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
June 19, 1992 Sacramento Sacramento Theatre Company
June 20, 1992 Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre


The music "Once Upon a Time" was adopted by TVB as the background music of world weather from July 28, 1991 to December 31, 2009.


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Singapore[8] Gold 10,000
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Chart history for Dare to Dream". AMG. Retrieved 2015-04-29.
  2. ^ AllMusic
  3. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Review of Dare to Dream". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  4. ^ Dare to Dream (CD liner). Yanni. Private Music. 1992. 01005-82096-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold and Platinum searchable database". Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
  6. ^ a b c Dare to Dream – Official concert program. Yanni. 1992.
  7. ^ Yanni 1992 Tour Itinerary
  8. ^ "Dream Come True". Billboard. 15 April 1995. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Yanni – Dare to Dream". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 31 October 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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