Tony Bennett to be Honored With Empire State Building Light Show and Art Exhibit
by VVN Music
Tony Bennett turns 90 on August 3 and the city of New York has a big celebration all ready.
Bennett will be honored on Wednesday when a light show set to his music will light up the Empire State Building. Designed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, the light show will be synced live to a mix of some of Tony Bennett's most famous hits on iHeartMedia's 106.7 LiteFM at 8:45 p.m. EST. Songs include Because of You, Steppin' Out (With My Baby), I Left My Heart in San Francisco and the Bennett and Lady Gaga version of Cheek to Cheek.
Gaga will be attending the lighting ceremony where she will flip the switch.
Bennett's own artwork will also be on display in a window in the Fifth Avenue Lobby of the building from August 3 to September 6.
Anthony E. Malkin of the Empire State Realty Trust said "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."
Bennett said "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."