The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy, singer Audra McDonald has been a frequent guest with the Minnesota Orchestra since 2001. She returns to Orchestra Hall for the first time since 2018 with her signature mix of art songs, pop tunes and Broadway classics. The program will be performed at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, November 4, at 7 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $65 to $125.
Leading Broadway music director and conductor Andy Einhorn will make his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in this concert. Since 2011, Einhorn has served as music director and pianist for Audra McDonald; they have recorded two albums together: Sing Happy: Live with the New York Philharmonic and Go Back Home. McDonald and Einhorn’s appearance at Orchestra Hall is part of a larger North American tour that includes stops with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actor, McDonald was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015 and received a National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the field—from President Barack Obama in 2016.
About Audra McDonald
The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy, in 2015 she received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama and was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people. She won Tonys for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which also served as the vehicle for her Olivier-nominated 2017 West End debut. On television, McDonald won an Emmy as the official host of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center; she stars as Liz Reddick in The Good Fight on Paramount+ and guest-stars in Julian Fellowes’s historical drama The Gilded Age on HBO and Max. Her film credits include Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and MGM’s 2021 Aretha Franklin biopic Respect. A Juilliard-trained soprano, McDonald maintains a major career as a Grammy-winning recording and concert artist. Her latest solo album, Sing Happy, was recorded live with the New York Philharmonic for Decca Gold. She is a founding member of Black Theatre United, board member of Covenant House International and prominent advocate for LGBTQAI+ rights. Offstage she is an activist, married to Will Swenson and a mother. More: audramcdonald.com.
About Andy Einhorn
Leading Broadway music director and conductor Andy Einhorn most recently served as the music supervisor and musical director for the Grammy-nominated Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and Carousel starring Renée Fleming. His previous Broadway music directing and conducting credits include Holiday Inn, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Brief Encounter and Sondheim on Sondheim. Other Broadway work includes Evita and The Light in the Piazza. Since 2011, Einhorn has served as music director and pianist for Audra McDonald; they have recorded two albums together: Sing Happy: Live with the New York Philharmonic and Go Back Home. He served as the music director for HBO’s Peabody Award winning documentary Six by Sondheim and music supervisor for Great Performances Peabody Award-winning special Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy on PBS. In 2019 he conducted Bette Midler and Marc Shaiman at the Academy Awards. Upcoming film and TV projects include the Apple TV+ programs Extrapolations and Cabrini. He is a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Live at Orchestra Hall
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Saturday, November 4, 2023, 7 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Audra McDonald, vocals
Andy Einhorn, conductor
Tickets: $65 to $125
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
Sponsored by The Current.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.