Soprano Audra McDonald to Perform with Kansas City Symphony

For more information, contact: Communications Manager Beth Buchanan (816) 218-2621 bbuchanan@kcsymphony.org

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for soprano Audra McDonald’s special fall appearance with the Kansas City Symphony. The concert benefits Kansas City Young Audiences and arts education.

Highly regarded, McDonald is part of elite league of women to have won five Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards as well as starring roles on Broadway and on screen. McDonald performs at 8 p.m., Nov. 16 in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range $40-$110 and can be purchased at kcsymphony.org or by calling the Kansas City Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400.

McDonald also maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras. As an exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, McDonald recently released her fifth album for the label, “Go Back Home,” marking her first solo disc in seven years.

After four seasons playing Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s hit television series, “Private Practice,” McDonald returned to Broadway in 2012, winning her fifth Tony and her first in the leading actress category for her role in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” The honor places her in the illustrious company of Broadway legends Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury as the only people in Tony history to win five performance awards.

To learn more, visit kcsymphony.org or contact the Kansas City Symphony at (816) 471-1100.

In addition, the Classical, Family and Pops Series season ticket subscriptions are available at kcsymphony.org or by calling the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400.

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About the Kansas City Symphony Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. The Kansas City Symphony gives more than 50 concerts each year, while also serving as the orchestra for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and often welcomes guests of international acclaim as part of its classical and pops subscription series. Complementing its full schedule of concerts, the Symphony strives to enrich the lives of Kansas City residents by providing music education opportunities for children and adults, including “KinderKonzerts,” “Young People’s Concerts,” and an Instrument Petting Zoo. Highlights each season include a range of free masterclasses, events, and concerts reaching more than 100,000 community members — including the annual “Bank of America Celebration at the Station” concert each Memorial Day weekend and “Symphony in the Flint Hills” every summer. The Symphony has released three recordings on the Reference Recording label — Shakespeare’s Tempest, the GRAMMY® -winning Britten’s Orchestra, and a recent Elgar/Vaughan Williams project plus an additional 20th century project highlighting composers Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev and Béla Bartók to be released in 2013 — as well as recordings on the Naxos label. KCS performances can be heard locally each week on KCUR 89.3 FM, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate. More information on the Kansas City Symphony is available at www.kcsymphony.org.

Media outlets seeking interviews, more information or photos, please contact: Beth Buchanan | bbuchanan@kcsymphony.org | (816) 218-2621

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