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VOCAL/POP | Audra McDonald


The remarkable Audra McDonald hasn't won the Nobel Peace Prize yet, but her awards cabinet already contains six Tony Awards, two Grammys, and an Emmy, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time. McDonald, who has starred in "Ragtime," "Porgy and Bess," and "Carousel," not to mention a few plays and the occasional opera, sold out Kodak Hall in 2015 for her previous appearance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomorrow night, she returns to sing with the RPO, in the kind of program she does best: the songs of Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, the Gershwins, Stephen Sondheim, Bock and Harnick, and many others. The phrase "show tunes" doesn't do justice to these classic Broadway songs; how about "American Lieder"? McDonald's music director, Andy Einhorn, who recently conducted the Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" with Bette Midler (you may have heard something about that), will lead the RPO.

Audra McDonald performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday, January 25, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. 8 p.m. $50-$130. 454-2100;