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. It went gold within two months of its release and was nominated for a Grammy.


Critical reception

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."

Track listing

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 loosely based upon 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.)

RIAA certification

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold and Platinum database entries:[6]

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

The Dare to Dream concert tour


April 4 – June 20, 1992


65 cities

Set list

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

The band

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.

Tour production

  • 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
  • Yanni thanks E-mu Systems for providing the state-of-the-art sound generating equipment, including 4 Emulator IIIs, Proteus 1 and 2s, and 2 Procussion units used in the performance.

Tour dates

North America
April 4, 1992CharlestonUnited StatesGaillard Performance Hall
April 4, 1992AtlantaFox Theatre
April 6, 1992BirminghamAlabama Theatre
April 8, 1992St. PetersburgMahaffey Theater
April 9, 1992Fort LauderdaleBroward Center for the Performing Arts
April 10, 1992OrlandoCarr Performing Arts Center
April 11, 1992JacksonvilleFlorida Theatre
April 12, 1992PensacolaSaenger Theatre
April 15, 1992CharlotteOvens Auditorium
April 16, 1992RaleighRaleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 17, 1992AshevilleThomas Wolfe Auditorium
April 18, 1992KnoxvilleTennessee Theatre
April 21, 1992AllentownSymphony Hall Theatre
April 22, 1992FairfaxGMU Center for the Arts
April 23, 1992HarrisburgZembo Mosque
April 24, 1992PittsburghPalumbo Center
April 25, 1992RochesterAuditorium Theatre
April 26, 1992Upper DarbyTower Theater
April 28, 1992HartfordThe Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
April 30, 1992Asbury ParkParamount Theatre
May 1, 1992New York CityRadio City Music Hall
May 2, 1992BostonOrpheum Theatre
May 3, 1992ProvidenceProvidence Performing Arts Center
May 4, 1992ShenectadyProctor's Theatre
May 7, 1992ColumbusPalace Theatre
May 8, 1992NoblesvilleDeer Creek Music Amphitheatre
May 9, 1992ClevelandPalace Theatre
May 10, 1992DaytonDayton Memorial Hall
May 11, 1992Grand RapidsDeVos Performance Hall
May 13, 1992TorontoMassey Hall
May 15, 1992DetroitFox Theatre
May 17, 1992ChicagoChicago Theatre
May 19, 1992LouisvilleMacauley's Theatre
May 20, 1992MilwaukeeRiverside Theater
May 21, 1992MinneapolisOrpheum Theatre
May 22, 1992MinneapolisOrpheum Theatre
May 26, 1992MadisonCivic Center
May 27, 1992OmahaOmaha Civic Auditorium
May 28, 1992TulsaBrady Theater
May 30, 1992DallasMcFarlin Memorial Auditorium
May 31, 1992HoustonJones Hall
June 3, 1992Santa FePaolo Soleri Amphitheater
June 4, 1992DenverDenver Center for the Performing Arts
June 6, 1992Salt Lake CityAbravanel Hall
June 8, 1992TucsonTucson Convention Center
June 10, 1992PhoenixPhoenix Symphony Hall
June 11, 1992San DiegoCopley Symphony Hall
June 12, 1992Los AngelesWiltern Theatre
June 13, 1992Los AngelesWiltern Theatre
June 17, 1992San JoseCenter for the Performing Arts
June 18, 1992Santa RosaLuther Burbank Center for the Arts
June 19, 1992SacramentoSacramento Theatre Company
June 20, 1992BerkeleyBerkeley 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.