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An Evening you won't forget with Audra McDonald

An Evening with Audra McDonald is filled with a variety of classics – from Broadway to the American songbook. This Tony-award winning actress has a background in opera, television and of course, Broadway. On stage, McDonald has been heralded as a “splendid storyteller” and “divine presence.” On May 24, McDonald will take the Copley Symphony Hall stage and perform alongside the orchestra for an unforgettable performance. Because you already know about her beautiful soprano voice, we have compiled some things about this Broadway star you maybe didn’t know.

She’s a multi-faceted actress – and has even portrayed an armoire.
Yes, you read that right. McDonald lent her singing and acting voice to Beauty and the Beast (2017) as Madame Garderobe.

Additionally, she appeared as a lead character in the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice.

But before her appearances on the big and small screen, McDonald broke barriers on Broadway with roles in Carousel and 110 in the Shade. However, McDonald is most known for her performance of one of the titular roles in Porgy and Bess – and you can expect to hear some song selections from this Gershwin favorite.

She grew up in Fresno, California.
McDonald attended the Roosevelt School of the Arts and graduated in 1998. In February, the school renamed its theatre after McDonald, their most successful alumna.

She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Obama.
The National Medal of the Arts is the highest artistic achievement one can receive in the country, and after winning six Tonys, two Grammys and an Emmy, McDonald received this national award in 2016.

She’s an opera singer.
McDonald is a classical soprano and has performed with several operas such as the Los Angeles Opera and Houston Grand Opera.  

Join us on May 24 at the Copley Symphony Hall for a performance by Audra McDonald. This post was written by Kelly Hillock, marketing assistant for the San Diego Symphony.

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