Tony Bennett to Play The Bushnell, 5/30
Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical legend Tony Bennett will bring his vocal artistry to Hartford at The Bushnell's Mortensen Hall for one performance only on May 30.
Curtain is at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014. Tickets prices are $59 - $129. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m. and are available online at www.bushnell.org, by phone at 860-987-5900, or at The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Tony Bennett is presented by The Bushnell and Premier Concerts and sponsored by Bank of America.
No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. With millions of records sold world-wide (ten million in the last decade alone), and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received seventeen Grammy Awards -- including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his "MTV Unplugged" CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation -- and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His 2007 prime-time special, "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," won seven Emmy Awards. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950's, including such chart-toppers as "Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and a remake of Hank Williams "Cold, Cold Heart." He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me)" and his signature song," I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which garnered him two Grammy Awards.
Tony Bennett is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and now in the first two decades of the 21st century. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards for pop music. He has toured the world to sold-out audiences with rave reviews whenever he performs. Bennett re-signed with Columbia Records in 1986 and released the critically acclaimed The Art of Excellence. Since his 1991 show-stopping performance at the Grammy Awards of "When Do The Bells Ring For Me," from his Astoria album, he has received a string of Grammy Awards for releases including Stepping Out, Perfectly Frank and MTV Unplugged..
Today Tony Bennett's artistry and accomplishments are applauded here at home and all over the world from people from 12 to 90 years old. Recently former President Bill Clinton observed, "Now in his seventh decade of singing, Tony Bennett has somehow kept his unique voice, with its beauty and range, its strength and style, and still in perfect pitch. But as talented as he is, Tony's most impressive quality is his giving spirit!"