Tony Bennett Exclusive at the Colorado Symphony Ball

The Colorado Symphony announced that Tony Bennett will perform as the headline entertainment at the Colorado Symphony Ball on May 8, 2010 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Performing with his band and the Colorado Symphony, Tony Bennett will sing many of his greatest hits. The Colorado Symphony invites the community to join Ball Co-Chairs Hassan A. Salem of US Bank and his wife, Sheila Salem, as well as Honorary Chair Mayor Hickenlooper in supporting the Colorado Symphony at the 2010 Colorado Symphony Ball.

Winner of 13 GRAMMY® Awards and the prestigious GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Bennett moves the hearts and touches the souls of audiences throughout the world. As one of only a handful of artists to have new albums chart in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and into the new millennium, Tony Bennett has earned dozens of platinum and gold albums with worldwide record sales in the millions. Celebrated as an international treasure, Tony Bennett was honored by the United Nations with its Citizen of the World award, which aptly describes the scope of his accomplishments.

Tony Bennett introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Song book that have since become pop music standards. He has toured the world to sold-out audiences, winning rave reviews wherever he performs. In 2005 he became a Kennedy Center Honoree and was named an NEA Jazz Master in January of 2006. Last year, he was named the recipient of Billboard magazine’s elite Century Award, in honor of his outstanding contributions to music.

“…the warmth of the greeting that Bennett received as he walked on stage was repaid with a performance of tremendous grace and understated charm. There was no trace of showbiz bluster or false bonhomie as he set off with a string of songs – Watch What Happens, All the Things You Are, The Best is Yet to Come – each crafted to a degree of elegance and economy that seemed quite alien to contemporary songwriting norms.” - The Times ( London )

The 2010 Colorado Symphony Ball is the largest fundraiser for the Colorado Symphony. Proceeds from the Ball support many aspects of the Colorado Symphony, including general operations as well as the Symphony’s education and outreach programs, which serve approximately 40,000 students each year.

In addition to outstanding entertainment provided by Tony Bennett, Ball attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction and live auction, followed by a sumptuous dinner, dessert and dancing, as well as performances by the Colorado Symphony. Some exciting items available in the live auction include: three night stay at Regents Park Hotel in Chicago (donated by The Clinton Companies); eight club level seats to a Colorado Rockies Home Game (donated by JPMorgan Chase); two one-hour Flight Experience in a United Airlines state-of-the-art Flight Simulator (donated by United Airlines); and three nights lodging for six at Diamond Trail Ranch, Colorado – including “cowboy fare” and complimentary wine (donated by Kevin and Leanne Duncan). Other live auction delights include musical items signed by various guest artists who have performed with the Colorado Symphony.

Underwriting opportunities are now available for the Colorado Symphony Ball. Those who wish to reserve a table for 10 can support the Colorado Symphony at the following levels:

    · Chair Underwriter - $35,000
    · Vice-Chair Underwriter - $25,000
    · Gold Underwriter - $15,000
    · Silver Underwriter - $10,000
    · Pearl Underwriter - $7,500

Supporters at the Chair and Vice-Chair Underwriting levels will receive special access for their guests to a distinctive VIP Lounge for the duration of the Colorado Symphony Ball, where they will enjoy premium Silver Oak wine and spirits and hors d’ouevres in an intimate setting. Priority seating for this special event is another benefit available exclusively to Chair and Vice-Chair underwriters.

For details of the full benefits included at each underwriting level and for more information about the Colorado Symphony Ball, or to make a reservation, please contact Jason Hurley , Special Events Manager, at email Jason Hurley or call 303.308.2475.

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