ON TELEVISION | Audra McDonald hosts “One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch” on New Year’s Eve

NEW YORK CITYAudra McDonald hosts “One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch,” the New York Philharmonic’s tribute to the late great songwriter, featuring performances by Audra McDonald, Joshua Bell, Megan Hilty, Josh Groban and more on December 31, 8:00p.m. on PBS [check local listings]

McDonald, the Tony and Grammy-Award winning actor/singer, has been named the new host of the PBS series “Live from Lincoln Center.”

In a prepared statement, McDonald said, “I grew up watching Live From Lincoln Center and Beverly Sills, the great soprano who used to regularly host the series, was such an inspiration to me. Ever since I moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School, I’ve spent so much of my life at Lincoln Center that I consider it my home away from home. Needless to say, I was incredibly honored when Live From Lincoln Center invited me to become the host for this season.”

“Audra’s Lincoln Center roots run deep and wide,” said Elizabeth Scott, Chief Media and Digital Officer for Lincoln Center, and executive in charge of the series, also in a prepared statement. “She’s performed on every major Lincoln Center stage, and her appearances on Live From Lincoln Center are among the most enduring presentations in the series’ 37-year history. We’re thrilled that this consummate artist–whose passion for the performing arts is infectious–will be the new face of Live From Lincoln Center. We can’t imagine a more perfect match.”

In this new video, “Live From Lincoln Center”McDonald explains her long history with Lincoln Center’s stages, from the Juilliard School, to the New York Philharmonic to Lincoln Center Theater, and her work to inspire the next generation of great artists.

About Randy Gener

CultureofOneWorld.org is a U.S. media project devoted to global politics, public diplomacy, cultural issues, innovative art projects and international reporting in the public interest. Its founder, Randy Gener, is a New York–based editor, writer, critic, dramatist and installation artist. He has been an entertainment reporter for The New York Daily News, a features writer for The Star Ledger, an "Arts & Leisure" writer for the New York Times, a theater critic for Time Out New York, and a staff contributor at The Village Voice, where he was an arts critic from 1991 to 2004. He contributes to NPR (National Public Radio), Miami Herald and The Global Post. His 12 years as Senior Editor of American Theatre magazine earned him the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club Award for Best NYC Arts Reporting, and NLGJA Journalist of the Year.


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