As previously announced, Cook will perform with the famed orchestra Nov. 19 at 7:30 PM; the Tony-winning singer-actress will now also perform in the legendary venue Nov. 20, also at 7:30 PM. Tickets for "Barbara Cook's 80th Birthday Celebration" — priced $29-$119 — are now on sale. Cook last appeared with the Philharmonic in 1985 when she played Sally Durant Plummer in the all-star concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.
Barbara Cook has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, The Music Man and She Loves Me. She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in The Music Man, and her one-woman show, Mostly Sondheim, was nominated for a Tony in the Best Special Theatrical Event category. Cook was most recently on the New York stage in Barbara Cook's Broadway. Both Mostly Sondheim and Barbara Cook's Broadway were recorded for DRG. Cook made her solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera, which was also released on DRG Records.
Avery Fisher Hall is located within Lincoln Center at 65th Street and Broadway. Tickets are available by calling (212) 875-5656. For more information visit www.nyphil.org.
Audra McDonald, back on Broadway last season in the Roundabout's revival of 110 in the Shade, will appear with the Philharmonic in Luciano Berio's Folksongs March 5-8, 2008. The songs, according to press notes, "are drawn from multiple European traditions and languages, but Berio sets them in a contemporary musical language that simultaneously honors and expands tradition." Folksongs will also feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Haydn's Symphony No. 45 in C major.