AUDRA McDONALD – Returns to Davies Hall, Monday 4/26

Grammy and Tony Award winning artist in concert with San Francisco Symphony

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Before she hit 30, Audra McDonald made Broadway history by winning three Tony Awards for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime and a fourth in 2004 as “Ruth” in A Raisin in the Sun. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut on opening night of the 1998-99 season singing selections from Porgy and Bess with Michael Tilson Thomas and again appeared at the Opening Gala concert in the 2001-02 season. She most recently performed at Davies Symphony Hall with the Audra McDonald Ensemble in April 2006. Ms. McDonald has sung regularly with all the major American orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and under many of the world’s greatest conductors, such as Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Leonard Slatkin. She was the muse behind the Ellington Suite, a set of arrangements of favorite Duke Ellington tunes created by several of America’s top arrangers and commissioned jointly by the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Overseas she is a returning guest at the BBC Proms with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic. She is the second American in over 100 years to solo during the famed “Last Night of the Proms”.

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AUDRA McDONALD

In September 2006, Audra McDonald released Build A Bridgeon Nonesuch Records, her first solo album in four years. The recording features jazz/pop songs by artists as diverse as Laura Nyro, Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright, John Mayer and Randy Newman. In 2009 she was recognized with two Grammy Awards for her role in the Kurt Weill opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. McDonald is well known outside the concert hall for her roles on television. She currently appears in the ABC drama “Private Practice” (a spinoff of “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Dr. Naomi Bennett.

Click here to order tickets on-line: AUDRA McDONALD. All new program of songs by Sondheim, Arlen, Lerner, Weill, Rodgers, Guettel, Styne, Loesser, and Mancini.

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AUDRA McDONALD. Photo, Eddie Malluk

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Click on the titles to add these recordings with Audra McDonald to your Pop Library:
CD, Build A Bridge – Audra McDonald sings material by John Meyer, Rufus Wainwright, Nellie McKay, Neil Young, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel, Ricky Ian Gordon. Songs include: God Give Me Strength, My Stupid Mouth, I Wanna Get Married, I Think It’s Going To Rain Today, and more.
DVD, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – 2007 Los Angeles Opera production. Feautring Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Anthony Dean Griffey, Jimmy McIntyre, and Donnie Ray Albert. Directed by John Doyle. James Conlon leads the Chorus and Orchestra of the Los Angeles Opera.
CD, 110 In The Shade – 2007 Broadway Revival cast of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s (The Fantasticks) 1963 musical features Audra McDonald, John Cullum), Christopher Innvar, and Steve Kazee.
CD, Allegro – 2009 Studio Cast recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1947 Broadway musical featuring Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, Norbert Leo Butz, Patrick Wilson, Judy Kuhn, Liz Callaway, Danny Burstein and Nathan Gunn.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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