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Singer Harry Connick, Jr. performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on June 19

Singer Harry Connick, Jr. performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on June 19
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From a press release:

Recognized for his live and recorded musical talents, his achievements on screens both large and small, and his performances on the Broadway stage, Harry Connick, Jr. has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world.

This unique talent returns to the stage of the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Sunday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which range from $79.50-$119.50, go on sale next Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The foundation of Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. His career took off when he signed with Columbia Records at 18 years old and revealed his stunning piano technique and vivid musical imagination on his self-titled debut album.

To date, Connick has released 30 albums, won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, and garnered sales of over 28 million. His most recent CD release, “That Would Be Me,” features all new songs.

In addition to his music career, Connick has also appeared on the screen and stage as an actor. Among his feature film credits are “Little Man Tate,” “Copycat,” “Hope Floats,” “Memphis Belle,” “Independence Day,” “Life without Dick,” “Mickey,” “Basic,” “P.S. I Love You,” “New in Town,” “Dolphin Tale,” and “Dolphin Tale 2.” His voiceover skills were featured in “My Dog Skip” and “The Iron Giant.”

On television, Connick is perhaps best known for his recurring role on “Will & Grace” and most recently as a judge on “American Idol.” He has graced audiences with his musical talents in several primetime specials, including “Harry for the Holidays,” “The Happy Elf,” and award-winning PBS specials “Only You in Concert” and “Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway.”

In the fall of 2016, Connick will debut his own nationally syndicated daytime show, “Harry.”

His Broadway career boasts equal recognition, having received Tony Award nominations as both composer/lyricist and lead performer, as well as performing his live show at an extended residency at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Not surprisingly, Connick has used his influence as an entertainer to further his charitable work. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he co-created the Musicians’ Village in the Upper Ninth Ward. The Village and its centerpiece, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, provide homes for musicians and other displaced citizens, a community center with a performance hall, a recording studio, and an after-school facilities for kids.