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Bocelli to receive master’s

Spalding

Andrea Bocelli will receive a graduate degree in Italy next week.

The 55-year-old tenor says he’ll receive a master’s degree in vocal performance from The Conservatory of Music, Giacomo Puccini in La Spezia, Italy, on Tuesday.

Bocelli will present his thesis, titled “The Value and Meaning of Opera Singing at the Beginning of the Third Millennium,” this month.

He’ll also release a CD/DVD, “Love in Portofino,” on Tuesday.

Bocelli has a law degree from the University of Pisa.

Book planned

Brad Garrett is trying to make peace with middle age.

The comic and Emmy-winning actor from “Everybody Loves Raymond” has a deal with Gallery Books for the memoir “When the Balls Drop: How I Learned to Give Up, Stop Trying, and Enjoy Life’s Second Half.”

The book is scheduled for 2015.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer-guitarist Chuck Berry is 87. Actress Dawn Wells is 75. Actor Joe Morton is 66. Actress Erin Moran is 53. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 53. Singer Ne-Yo is 34. Country Musician Esperanza Spalding is 29. Actor Zac Efron is 26.

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