The Kennedy Center

Audra McDonald


Audra McDonald earned an unprecedented three Tony Awards before the age of 30 (Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime) and a fourth in 2004 (A Raisin in the Sun). McDonald is frequently compared to legendary performers such as Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. But like all great artists, she is a unique force, blending a luscious, classically-trained soprano with an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling. In addition to her theatrical work she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist appearing regularly on many of the great stages of the world.

Audra McDonald opens the 2008-2009 season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with a gala concert at Disney Hall, celebrating Esa-Pekka Salonen's final season as music director. Returning to ABC in the fall of 2008, Ms. McDonald can be seen as Dr. Naomi Bennett in the second season of the hit television series Private Practice. Earlier in the year she earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the made-for-television movie version of A Raisin in the Sun on ABC, alongside hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs. Her most recent recordings are Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, nominated for two 2009 Grammy Awards, and a new studio recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro, released on the Sony MasterWorks Broadway label in February 2009.

Watch Past Performances

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Let Freedom Ring! featuring Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell

The annual program Let Freedom Ring!, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, features Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy®–winning artist Audra McDonald and Two- time Tony®-winning artist Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

Presented in collaboration with Georgetown University.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m, up to two tickets per person. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability. Seating will begin at 5:15 p.m. All patrons are asked to be seated by 5:40 p.m.

Audra McDonald