Tony Bennett turns 90-years-old on August 3, and the Empire State Realty Trust along with iHeartMedia aren’t holding back when it comes to celebrating the legend. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have developed a close personal and professional relationship, and she isn’t missing out on the celebratory fun. According to a news release, Lady Gaga will appear at the Empire State Building, music and light show event that will feature a tower lighting ceremony. Tony Bennett has won 19 Grammy® awards and the celebration recognizes the great musical achievements Tony Bennett has contributed throughout his career.
Lady Gaga will perform in NYC on Wednesday at an event celebrating Tony Bennett's life and music. pic.twitter.com/m1ScvCROUi— POPULOVE (@POPULOVE) August 2, 2016
Fans are already sharing their excitement about the event on social media networks like Twitter. And while there will be plenty of music during the event, there will also be a focus on celebrating Tony Bennett’s artwork.
Lady Gaga will honor Tony Bennett for his 90th birthday @ an event that'll be held at the Empire state bldg Tomorrow pic.twitter.com/ngQD8TaHxQ— LG5 coming soon (@TalentAlwaysWin) August 2, 2016
Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, Tony Bennett is more than just a singer. While this might not come as a surprise to his fans, others may not know that Tony Bennett is an accomplished artist. Bennett is said to sketch or paint everyday, and his artwork has been exhibited in galleries. At almost 90-years-old, Tony Bennett shared a photo of his latest painting on Twitter.
Painted all day today. Putting finishing touches on "Two Lovers in Central Park". pic.twitter.com/kz1T6IUKbL— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) August 1, 2016
According to the release, a window display will be established at the Empire State Building’s Fifth Avenue Lobby showcasing original artwork by Tony Bennett. The artwork display will be featured beginning August 3 until September 6. You can see more of Tony Bennett’s artwork in the video review of his book Tony Bennett in the Studio: A Life of Art & Music.
Tony Bennett spoke about his love of painting in an interview with John Kosich when he was 65-years-old. He shared his passion for art and described the experience of painting as similar to yoga.
It might not be much of a surprise that Lady Gaga would make a point to celebrate Tony Bennett’s birthday celebration. Lady Gaga celebrated her birthday on March 28, and Tony shared a clip of the video message he sent to Gaga. He even sang her happy birthday.
In addition to the Empire State Building festivities, there will be a party held at the Rainbow Room located at Rockefeller Plaza. Lady Gaga will begin the event that will feature a music and light show to several preselected songs, as well as a live performance of Lady Gaga joining in on “Cheek to Cheek.” Other songs that will be played throughout the light show include “Steppin’ Out (With My Baby”), “Because of You” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” It’s quite appropriate that the party will be held at the Rainbow Room, as Tony Bennett was the first opening act at the Rainbow and Stars supper club, located adjacent to the Rainbow Room.
was less than a foot away from gaga, her whole family, tony bennett, his wife, and his son for over an hour last night at the rainbow room????— Carrie Alexandra (@putyour_paws_up) June 24, 2015
Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, released a statement regarding Tony Bennett’s birthday celebration and decision to light up the Empire State Building in Tony’s honor.
“We always look forward to a good reason to share one of our magnificent music-to-light shows with New York City and the world. Tony Bennett is surely a great reason for show, and we are thrilled to team once again with iHeartMedia and Marc Brickman to help amplify this occasion with our own spectacular celebration of his phenomenal contribution to the world.”
There is no doubt that the people of New York, along with the rest of the world, adore Tony Bennett and are honored to celebrate his musical and artistic legacy. Tony Bennett also released a statement regarding the grand celebration planned in his honor.
“Growing up in New York City, it is an absolute thrill to have the Empire State Building celebrate my musical career and to have this beautiful presentation of lights and music taking place on such a special day in my life.”
If you won’t be in NYC to see the Empire State Building light up, hear Lady Gaga perform or see Tony Bennett’s artwork in person don’t worry. The official Empire State Building YouTube account will have the video as soon as the live event concludes.
Happy Birthday Tony Bennett!
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