Audra McDonald to Be Part of Benefit for Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

News   Audra McDonald to Be Part of Benefit for Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Bringing Back the Music is the title of the Oct. 28 concert at Avery Fisher Hall to benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert, hosted by Beverly Sills, will feature members of both the New York Philharmonic and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Guest stars for the evening will include composer Randy Newman and four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. Show time is 8 PM.

The concert will feature works by American composers, including Gershwin, Ives, Randy Newman and Copland. Conductors will be Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin and Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Proceeds from Bringing Back the Music will benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, whose members have dispersed across the country since the recent hurricane.

A four-time Tony Award winner for her work in A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class, Carousel and Ragtime, Audra McDonald was also seen on Broadway in Henry IV. The singer-actress 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. The acclaimed actress also co-starred in the NBC series "Mister Sterling.”

Tickets, priced $25, $50, $75 and $500, are available by calling (212) 875-5656 or by visiting the Avery Fisher Hall box office (Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street). For more information, go to www.nyphil.org.