Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sergio Mims: Audra McDonald to Perform at Chicago Symphony Center October 12

Audra McDonald: Go Back Home
Nonesuch Records

Sergio Sims forwards this release:

Audra McDonald in Concert at Symphony Center Saturday, October 12

Tickets on sale Friday, June 7

CHICAGO — The incomparable Audra McDonald, winner of five Tony Awards and two Grammys, makes her first appearance at Symphony Center since 2001 with a concert featuring selections from her new album, Go Back Home, on Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m.
Released by Nonesuch Records on May 21, Go Back Home is McDonald’s first solo recording in seven years and her most personal album to date. The disc features songs by composers with whom she has long been associated, including Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as selections that are relatively new to her repertoire, including the title track by Kander and Ebb. She also continues her long-standing tradition of championing new works by up-and-coming musical theater composers, represented on this album by Adam Gwon, Heisler and Goldrich, and Will Reynolds. 
McDonald is known to audiences for her work on stage and screen as a singer and actress who is universally acclaimed for the breadth and depth of her artistry. She’s a versatile stage presence, equally at home in musicals and plays, having won Tony Awards for her performances in Carousel (1994), Master Class (1996), Ragtime (1998) and A Raisin in the Sun (2004). Her fifth Tony came in 2011 for her starring role in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, which tied her with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for the most performance awards. In addition to her two Grammy Awards—for the cast recording of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny—she has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for her performances in the HBO production of Wit and the television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. She starred as Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s hit television series Private Practice for four seasons. In addition to her work as an actress, she has a busy career as a concert and recording artist, regularly performing at the world’s top venues.  
Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 7 at, the Symphony Center box office (220 S. Michigan Ave), or by phone at 312-294-3000.

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