New York Festival of Song Gala to Feature Soprano Audra McDonald

Classic Arts News   New York Festival of Song Gala to Feature Soprano Audra McDonald
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will perform a benefit concert for the New York Festival of Song December 3.

The concert, entitled Mostly Arlen . . . All Audra!, will feature the acclaimed soprano accompanied by pianist Steven Blier, who will also host the evening. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by the 8 p.m. show.

The New York Festival of Song was founded in 1988 by co-artistic directors Michael Barrett and Steven Blier. Its mission, according to the company's web site, is to create "intimate song concerts of great beauty, humor and originality, combining music, poetry, monologue, and story, to entertain, educate, and create community among audiences and performers."

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.

The concert will be held at Rafael Viñoly Architects, PC, located in Manhattan at 50 Vandam Street. Tickets, priced at $375, are available by calling (646) 230-8380. For more information visit

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