Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns to UMS after four seasons on the hit ABC television series “Private Practice,” and after winning a record-tying fifth Tony Award for her unforgettable performance in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The two-time Grammy Award-winner will perform an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies, and original pieces written especially for this extraordinary artist who is at the height of her expressive powers. “Ravishing of voice and Olympian of stature, she’s an overwhelming presence.” (The New York Times)
A Gershwin Symposium precedes the concert.
Program Book [PDF]
Audra McDonald website
Unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress, Audra McDonald is a luminous soprano with an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling.
On the concert stage, Audra McDonald has premiered music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams and sung with virtually every major American orchestra – including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony – and under such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Leonard Slatkin. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
McDonald’s other accolades include four Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, four NAACP Image Awards nominations, an Ovation Award, a Theatre World Award, and the Drama League’s 2000 Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre and 2012 Distinguished Performance Award.
Audra McDonald returns for her fifth UMS performance. She last performed in Hill Auditorium in November 2011. This performance marks Andy Einhorn’s second appearance under UMS auspices, following his UMS debut on November 2011 with Audra McDonald.