Tony Bennett to Give First Israeli Concert

September 14, 2014  

After younger Israelis got their “treat” Saturday night, with the appearance of pop star Lady Gaga before thousands in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, it’s the older generation’s turn for some entertainment – and that will come in the form of a concert on Sunday night by crooner Tony Bennett, who will sing his heart out in Tel Aviv’s Heichal Hatarbut concert venue.

Bennett, 88, has never performed in Israel. Born Anthony Dominick “Tony” Benedetto in 1926, Bennett is known for his renditions of American pop songs, show tunes, and easy listening standards, as well as for more experimental jazz compositions. His best known song is probably “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” still a popular song 52 years after it was first released in 1962. Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards – including a Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received in 2001 as well as Emmy Awards. Bennett has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Although not Jewish, Bennett has close ties to the Jewish people – in the form of his daughter Antonia, who converted to Judaism several years ago. Antonia Bennett considers Rabbi Yosef Langer of San Francisco one of her “primary teachers,” saying that he was “instrumental” in her conversion process.

Bennett’s concert begins 9 p.m. Sunday evening, and will be broadcast live Israel Radio’s 88 FM outlet

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