Commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the cycle is entitled The Seven Deadly Sins and comprises seven works for the soprano and her quintet. Each of the pieces will concern one of the "seven deadly sins": envy, gluttony, pride, greed, sloth, anger and lust. Among the composers who will contribute songs to the concert are Lynn Ahrens, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Stephen Flaherty, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Michael John LaChiusa, Jessica Molaskey, and John Pizzarelli. The concerts will also include tunes from the Great American Songbook as well as a piece from Adam Guettel's new musical, The Light in the Piazza.
McDonald will perform the song cycle June 2, 4, 8 and 10. Ted Sperling will act as musical director and pianist with Rick Heckman on reeds, Peter Sachon on cello, Peter Donovan on bass and Dave Ratajczak on drums.
A three-time Tony Award winner for her work in Master Class, Carousel and Ragtime, Audra McDonald was most recently on Broadway in Henry IV. The singer-actress recently made her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut in an evening of songs scored for big bands, performing several tunes from her Nonesuch CD "Happy Songs." McDonald's other solo recordings, "Way Back to Paradise" and "How Glory Goes," are also on the Nonesuch label. She also co-starred in the recent NBC series "Mister Sterling.”
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