2012-10-19 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Tony Bennett At Westbury In November

For two nights, in November, Live Nation presents Tony Bennett, the 17-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades on Saturday, November 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 18 at 7 p.m. at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his charming vocals and humble stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes seventeen Grammy Awards, multiple Emmy Awards, Kennedy Center Honoree, making this artist a true international treasure. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, he is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.

Bennett’s brand new album, VIVA DUETS, will be available worldwide on Monday, October 22. The album follows in the footsteps of his popular Duets and Duets II releases. VIVA DUETS features him performing his greatest hits with today’s greatest Latin artists including Christina Aguilero, Gloria Estefan, and Marc Anthony.

Bennett has also received critical acclaim for his television appearances, including an Emmy Award and Cable Ace Award for his ground-breaking television special, Live By Request...Tony Bennett, featuring a unique interactive format in which the viewing audience called in song requests during the program. This groundbreaking concept, created by Bennett, eventually evolved into a series on the A&E network and was an on-air favorite for nine years. He was also the subject of a major television special, Tony Bennett: An American Classic, which aired on NBC in Autumn 2006 and won seven Emmy Awards, making it the most honored program on television that year. Bennett is also a talented painter. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world, and has three original paintings in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institute. The United Nations also commissioned two paintings from him, including one for its 50th anniversary and he has authored two books on his artwork, "Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen," and "Tony Bennett In The Studio: A Life of Art and Music."

Throughout his career, Bennett has put his heart and time into supporting humanitarian concerns. His many charitable works include raising millions for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and lending his artwork to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. In 2007, he was honored by the United Nations for his humanitarian efforts with the Citizen of the World award. Together with his wife, Susan, established the charitable organization Exploring the Arts (ETA) to support arts education in public school high schools.

In partnership with the NYC Dept. of Education, Tony founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a NYC public high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens.

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