Empire State Building to honor iconic music from Tony Bennett with light show and art exhibit


NEW YORK, NY – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc and iHeartMedia today announced their partnership in a celebration honoring 19-time Grammy Winner and legend Tony Bennett’s contribution to American music over the last 90 years on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

The festivities include a dynamic Empire State Building music-to-light show, an honorary Empire State Building tower lighting ceremony with Tony Bennett featuring a rare appearance by Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Lady Gaga, and an engaging window display featuring Tony Bennett’s original artwork dedicated to his legacy within the Empire State Building’s Fifth Avenue Lobby from August 3 through September 6.

The Empire State Building events will take place in conjunction with a star-studded soiree at the celebrated Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, at which Lady Gaga will be “flipping the switch” to kick off Bennett’s very own music-to-light show.

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. The medley includes:

• “Because of You”
• “Steppin’ Out (With My Baby)”
• “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”
• “Cheek to Cheek” (featuring Lady Gaga)

Following the live performance, the official video of the entire light show on the Empire State Building’s YouTube page.

These events provide locals, visitors and fans around the world the opportunity to revel in Tony Bennett’s decorated career as the Empire State Building lights up the New York City skyline in honor of one of America’s most beloved entertainers.

“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,” says Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, and CEO, Empire State Realty Trust. “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.”

“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,” says Tony Bennett.