To celebrate its forthcoming 120th anniversary in 2011, Carnegie Hall has announced two gala concerts April 12 and May 5, 2011. The Hall first opened its doors May 5, 1891. The first concert will feature headliner James Taylor and two special guests to be announced. The latter, on the exact anniversary, will feature Broadway's McDonald as a vocalist on the songs of Duke Ellington performed by the New York Philharmonic. The Philharmonic will also be performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto with pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Yo-Yo Ma as well as Dvorák's Carnival Overture and Gershwin's An American in Paris.
McDonald has earned Tony Awards for her work in A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class, Carousel and Ragtime. Other Broadway credits for the series regular on ABC's "Private Practice" include 110 in the Shade, Henry IV and Marie Christine.
As part of the current season at Carnegie Hall, Tony Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) will play Ma Joad in a concert version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie's The Grapes of Wrath March 22.
For complete 2010-2011 season information, please visit carnegiehall.org.