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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to Play Bethel Woods Together

Jan 18th, 2015 | By | Category: Entertainment

Bethel Woods, in conjunction with Live Nation, is pleased to announce that a “once in a lifetime” concert has been confirmed with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. In celebration of their new collaborative jazz album Cheek To Cheek, the pair of icons will join forces for an incredible evening of music on Saturday, July 25th at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Tickets for the performances will go on sale to the public starting Monday, January 26th.

Both artists will be accompanied by a full orchestra along with each artist’s jazz ensembles who will also serve as special guests for the evening.
These performances will feature songs from their Grammy-nominated album Cheek To Cheek which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release on Sept. 23 to widespread critical acclaim. At 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album on the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. Cheek To Cheek marks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years.  Billboard named “Cheek To Cheek” the #1 Jazz Album of 2014.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Bethel Woods

Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. From the title track to “But Beautiful” to “I Won’t Dance,” the record showcases the chemistry between the two artists, who span 60 years in age. As Bennett says, “What I really love about being a jazz singer is that jazz artists are very creative, very honest, from phrase to phrase” and Lady Gaga adds, “We wanted to make something that sounded perfect because of the quality of the emotion…the honesty.” Cheek To Cheek also features the Lady Gaga solo “Lush Life,” accompanied by Tony Bennett’s solo of “Sophisticated Lady.” The two songs complement each other, as Lady Gaga explains, “I loved making ‘Lush Life,’ Tony mentored me emotionally through the process,” and Tony Bennett adds, “I sang ‘Sophisticated Lady’ to answer her on ‘Lush Life,’ and because Duke Ellington wrote it, who collaborated with Billy Strayhorn, the writer of ‘Lush Life.’” Recorded in New York City, Cheek To Cheek took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet: Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Ranier. Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC-based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter George Rabbai and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away in July.

“We are delighted to present this very special show. It was a treat to host Tony Bennett at Bethel Woods in 2008 and the opportunity to welcome him back in 2015, joined by the incredibly talented Lady Gaga for this unique performance, is truly exciting.” said Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Tickets for the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performance at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on July 25th will go on sale Monday, January 26th at 10:00 a.m. at www.ticketmster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, the Bethel Woods Box office or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Download the Bethel Woods App by Friday, January 23rd to receive an exclusive presale code. Available via iTunes or Google Play.

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