CSO: Sunday in the Park with Audra McDonald

Gala Evening Benefiting Reach*Teach*Play®

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Andy Einhorn, conductor
Audra McDonald, vocalist
 

Pavilion
Sunday, July 15, 2018
2:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
3:00 PM
Public Gates Open
5:00 PM
Concert Starts

Tickets: $135 / $25
Lawn: $10

About The Artist

“Perfection is not attainable in this earthly realm, but Audra McDonald came as close as humanly possible in her Los Angeles Opera concert.”

Los Angeles Times

Program Notes

  • Audra McDonald holds the record for most performance Tony Award wins, and is also the only person who has won all four categories: for both Featured and Leading Actress in both a Musical and a Play.
  • Andy Einhorn has been the music director and pianist for Audra McDonald’s concerts since 2011, and he was recently on Broadway as music director and supervisor for the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! that starred Bette Midler. In April he will have the same roles in the opening the first Broadway revival in more than two decades of Carousel, the musical with which McDonald won her first Tony Award.

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  • Audra McDonald shared in the cast Emmy Award for a Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2015. Ravinia audiences have also seen her in starring roles for productions of Sondheim’s Passion, Sunday in the Park with George, and Anyone Can Whistle at the festival between 2003 and 2005, as well as in a gala evening of his Broadway hits in 2010.
  • Audra McDonald has headlined several evenings mixing classic and contemporary as well as popular and overlooked songs from American musical theater, such as this one, at Ravinia in both the Pavilion and Martin Theatre.
  • In addition to being an acclaimed stage actress, Audra McDonald also starred on TV in Private Practice as Dr. Naomi Bennett for several years and in The Sound of Music Live!, the first-ever live broadcast of a musical, as the Mother Abbess. Earlier this year she returned to the small screen to star in The Good Fight as former US Attorney Liz Lawrence. McDonald was also featured as Madame de Garderobe in last year’s live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
  • The Los Angeles Times recently observed that “perfection is not attainable in this earthly realm, but Audra McDonald comes as close as humanly possible in concert.” Meanwhile, the New Yorker pinpointed what’s so captivating about her voice: “It possesses the pealing tone and pure upper register of Broadway’s more classically inclined sopranos and the fullness and emotional punch of its brassiest belters.”
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