Audra McDonald at Lincoln Center

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.

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