STAMFORD, CT - Harman International Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HAR) announced today that the Company has accepted an invitation to serve as Official Sound Partner for the Today Show Pre-Thanksgiving Concert this Wednesday November 25, 2009 from New York’s Rockefeller Plaza. The outdoor performance, featuring legendary rock group Bon Jovi, is expected to draw an on-site audience of thousands in addition to live and taped segments on NBC Television’s Today Show.
“We are delighted that Harman can help kick off the holiday season with this exciting event,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Our audio systems support many of the world’s finest entertainers, and we are honored to share the stage as Bon Jovi performs in Rockefeller Plaza. The Today Show Concert Series has become a favorite for both New Yorkers and the millions of fans who follow the broadcast nationwide, and this special pre-Thanksgiving event will add some extra magic.”
Harman professional audio systems will amplify the live concert action from Rockefeller Plaza, anchored by high-fidelity speakers from the Company’s popular JBL brand, which also provides a variety of home and personal audio products for the consumer sector. The Company’s systems support numerous top artists and entertainment venues, including Lincoln Center, the new Yankees and Mets baseball stadiums, and more than a dozen key venues for the recent Summer Olympics. Harman audio and infotainment systems are also installed in an estimated 20 million vehicles on the road today, including luxury brands such as Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, Rolls Royce and more.
Bon Jovi is serving as NBC Universal’s exclusive Artist in Residence during the month of November – a relationship which includes appearances on the Today show, Saturday Night Live, The Jay Leno Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The group’s latest album, “The Circle,” debuted on November 10, continuing a successful career that spans a dozen other albums with more than 120 million copies sold worldwide. Bon Jovi has performed more than 2,600 concerts in some 50 countries for more than 34 million fans since 1983.
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The Company maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia and employs about 9,500 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands spans some 15 leading names including AKG, Audioaccess, Becker, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, QNX, Soundcraft and Studer. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the Symbol HAR.