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Bennett To Celebrate 85th B-Day With Concert And Gala

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — When Tony Bennett makes his debut at his sold out performance at the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday, September 18, he will be joined by Aretha Franklin, Sir Elton, John and Alejandro Sanz for special duet appearances.

Franklin, John and Sanz all recorded with Bennett for his Duets CD projects: Elton John appeared on the first CD, DUETS in 2006; and Aretha Franklin and Alejandro Sanz recorded with the singer for this forthcoming follow up CD, DUET II, set for release on Tuesday, September 20.

Bennett and Sanz will sing together “Yesterday I heard the rain.”

The evening will also mark the official celebration of Tony’s 85th birthday where he will be honored at a post-concert gala hosted by Alec Baldwin.

The gala is a benefit for Exploring the Arts, the non-profit organization started by Bennett and his wife Susan, to support arts education in public schools and over $2.5M has been raised thus far for the evening.

Among the celebrated guests expected to attend the concert and gala are: Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Katie Couric, Mathew Broderick, Martha Stewart, Joy and Regis Philbin, Jane and Mitch Winehouse, among others.

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon