Dawn Upshaw Replaces Audra McDonald on NY Philharmonic Program in March

Classic Arts News   Dawn Upshaw Replaces Audra McDonald on NY Philharmonic Program in March
 
Audra McDonald has cancelled her scheduled appearances with the New York Philharmonic next March. The Juilliard-trained soprano, who has gone on to become a Broadway and television star with four Tony Awards to her credit, was to perform a set of folk song arrangements by Luciano Berio with the orchestra.

She "has reluctantly had to withdraw due to [unforeseen] scheduling conflicts with her television series, Private Practice," according to a statement released by Philharmonic management this afternoon.

Happily, an old hand with the Berio folk songs is available — Dawn Upshaw, who will fill in for McDonald on all four dates (March 5-8) with no change in the program.

That program, conducted by Philharmonic music director designate Alan Gilbert, also includes Haydn's Symphony No. 48 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. Details and tickets are available at www.nyphil.org.

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