Audra McDonald Offers Aug. 14 Concert at Ravinia Festival

News   Audra McDonald Offers Aug. 14 Concert at Ravinia Festival Three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will perform in concert at the Ravinia Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8 PM.

Three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will perform in concert at the Ravinia Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8 PM.

Featuring the Ravinia Festival Orchestra with Ted Sperling as conductor, McDonald's concert will feature songs from her theatre outings as well as tunes from her three solo recordings, including her soon-to-be-released Big Band disc, "Happy Songs."

McDonald, who scored Tonys for her work in Carousel, Master Class and Ragtime, recently returned to the Public Theater's Joe's Pub for a week of concerts. She had opened the Pub's Songbook Series a few years back, where she focused on new music as she did at her recent gig.

The young singer-actress, who was most recently on Broadway in the title role of Marie Christine, will appear this season in the new NBC series, "Mister Sterling." McDonald will also make her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut on November 2 in an evening of songs scored for big bands, performing several tunes from her aforementioned Nonesuch CD. McDonald's available solo recordings, "Way Back to Paradise" and "How Glory Goes," are also on the Nonesuch label.

McDonald will play the Ravinia Festival's 3,300 seat Pavilion Theatre, which is located in Highland Park, IL. Tickets range from $10 (lawn seats) to $40 and may be purchased by calling the theatre's box office at (847) 266-5100. For more information, go to www.ravinia.org.