PPAC to Welcome Tony Bennett, 3/8

PPAC to Welcome Tony Bennett, 3/8

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) presents TONY BENNETT, the seventeen-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8P at PPAC. Tickets range from $136 to $56, and can be purchased NOW in-person at the PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), or online at www.ppacri.org. All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice.

Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10A to 5P; Saturday, 10A to 2P; and through curtain time(s) on performance days.

Groups of 20 or more may order tickets from Group Sales Representative Paul Hiatt at phiatt@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3162.

With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, TONY BENNETT is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over sixty years, comprises seventeen Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 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, TONY BENNETT is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.

TONY BENNETT's daughter, Antonia Bennett has been touring with her father and will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards. Antonia Bennett is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

TONY BENNETT celebrated his 85th birthday in 2011 with the release of "Duets II;" he became the oldest artist to ever have a #1 CD on the Billboard album charts. "Duets II" was a follow up to the CD "Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic" released in 2006. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the singer's signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," as well as the release of a new documentary film, THE ZEN OF BENNETT, created and conceived by Tony's son and manager Danny Bennett. Bennett released his fourth book, LIFE IS A GIFT, in 2012 and is a NY Times Best Seller.

Sony Legacy just released TONY BENNETT: THE CLASSICS which showcases a compilation of selections from Tony's recent series of DUETS CDs as well as solo versions of many catalog favorites.

TONY BENNETT is also a talented painter. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world, and three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Throughout his career, TONY BENNETT has put his heart and time into supporting humanitarian concerns. He joined with Dr. Martin Luther King in the historic Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. His many charitable works include raising millions towards a cure for diabetes, and lending his artwork to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. In 2007, he was honored by the United Nations. Together with his wife, Susan, TONY BENNETT established the charitable organization, Exploring The Arts (ETA), to support arts education in public high schools. Tony founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a NYC public high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens and ETA now supports 14 additional NYC public high schools throughout New York City and just expanded to support three public arts high schools in Los Angeles.

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