• Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011

    Audra McDonald Returns to Carnegie Hall for Solo Concert of Favorite Showtunes, Classic Movie Songs, and New Works on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 PM


    Conductor Ted Sperling Leads Broadway-Sized Orchestra

    Carnegie Hall presents four-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Along with Tony Award-winner Ted Sperling conducting a Broadway-sized orchestra, Ms. McDonald presents her trademark mix of show tunes, classic songs from movies, and pieces written expressly for her by leading contemporary composers. This concert is part of a 17-city concert tour across North America, leading to her return to the Broadway stage for The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in December. For additional details on Ms. McDonald’s tour, please visit nonesuch.com.

    Audra McDonald has appeared on the Carnegie Hall stages 16 times beginning with her debut performance at Carnegie Hall’s 1998–1999 Gala Opening Night concert with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. Notable performances include the lead role with Hugh Jackman in the 2002 concert staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and her first solo appearance as headliner in November 2002. In June 2004, Ms. McDonald concluded the year-long celebration of Zankel Hall’s opening season with a four-concert engagement, which included the world premiere of The Seven Deadly Sins—a song cycle by seven of today’s top songwriters, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Ms. McDonald. Most recently, she performed songs by Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Celebration Gala on May 5 with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert. The October performance marks the first time in five years that Ms. McDonald has performed a solo concert in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    About the Artists
    Earning an unprecedented three Tony Awards before the age of 30 (Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime) and a fourth in 2004 (A Raisin in the Sun), Audra McDonald has distinguished herself as a concert performer, recording artist, and dramatic actress.  In concert, she has appeared with virtually every major American orchestra, including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.  In recent seasons, she made her debuts with both Houston Grand Opera and the Los Angeles Opera.   She is an exclusive Nonesuch Records artist and her solo discography for the label includes Way Back to Paradise, How Glory Goes, Happy Songs, and Build a Bridge. She has received two Grammy Awards.  Ms. McDonald’s television credits include her recent four-season turn playing Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice; her Emmy-nominated performance in Wit, directed by Mike Nichols; CBS’s Peabody Award-winning Having Our Say: The Delaney Sister’s First 100 Years; a recurring role on NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; and the ABC/Disney production of Annie.  In 2008, she reprised her Tony Award-winning role in A Raisin in the Sun in a made-for-television movie adaption, earning her a second Emmy Award nomination.  Ms. McDonald’s additional accolades include three Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, four NAACP Image Award nominations, an Ovation Award, and a Theatre World Award.

    Widely known as a music director and orchestrator, Ted Sperling won a 2005 Tony and Drama Desk awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, of which he was also music director. Mr. Sperling has been Audra McDonald's music director since 1999, also conducting her performances at Houston Grand Opera. His Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, recent revival of Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, Les Misérables, and Sunday in the Park With George. Mr. Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of four musicals: V-Day; See What I Wanna See; Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?; and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark.  He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins, which has been shown in five international festivals. Mr. Sperling was a recipient of the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater and is the Director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater, as well as the Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals.

    Program Information
    Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    AUDRA MCDONALD, Vocalist
    Ted Sperling, Conductor

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mrs. Judith Chasanoff in support of the 2011-2012 season.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $37–$108, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

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