"We aren't likely to see a recording career like this again." – The New York Times
“….his voice is still a technical marvel, and no one else on Earth can make a lyric written eight decades ago sound as natural as a conversation at a coffee shop.” – New York Magazine
Oregon Symphony proudly presents Tony Bennett, the 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades, June 6, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets range from $45 to $225, and are available now to Oregon Symphony subscribers in a special presale associated with their memberships. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 13, and are available through the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office (503-228-1353), or online at orsymphony.org.
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 60 years, includes 19 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.
Having celebrated his 90th birthday in August 2016, the milestone was marked by the presentation of TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: THE BEST IS YET TO COME, a two-hour prime-time special that aired in December. A companion CD of the same name was released simultaneously. Last fall also saw the release of Bennett’s fifth book,Just Getting Started, which he co-authored with journalist Scott Simon. Bennett’s 85th birthday in 2011 marked the release of Duets II and made music history by making Tony the oldest artist to ever have a #1 CD on the Billboard album charts. Duets II, followed up Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic CD, 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 also authored his fourth book, Life is a Gift, released in 2012 and entered the NY Times Best Seller list. In 2014, Tony Bennett released a collaborative album with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek featuring these two legendary artists performing jazz standards. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts making Bennett the oldest musical artist, at the age of 88, to have an album top the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Album category. Tony Bennett is a Kennedy Center Honoree, an NEA Jazz Master and a recipient of the United Nation’s Humanitarian and Citizen of the World honors.
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 and joined with Dr. Martin Luther King in the historic Selma march in 1965. His many charitable works include raising millions towards 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 Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, an NYC public high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens, and ETA now supports 37 public high schools throughout New York City and Los Angeles.
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The Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, it serves over 300,000 people annually through more than 90 concerts and through its award-winning education and community engagement programs. Now in its 122nd year, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.
An unprecedented 2016/17 Season broke records in virtually every category, drawing historic attendance and revenue. These numbers were propelled by a 20% increase in the number of classical concerts, three groundbreaking SoundSights concerts, and the broadest-ever range of repertoire. Its 2017/18 Season builds on this success in a trailblazing new series, The Sounds of Home, which combines music and art to reflect on three critical issues in our community – immigration, the environment, and homelessness.