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Broadway star Audra McDonald performs at Lawrence University on March 10…

Extolled as a hurricane of the musical theater world by the New York Times, Audra McDonald is one of the most celebrated sopranos of our era. Coming to Appleton’s Lawrence University following her Tony award-winning run of 322 Broadway performances of “Porgy and Bess,” one of the biggest names in the musical theater world offers Fox Citians a phenomenal opportunity to hear vocal music of the highest quality.

“The reaction here has been one of profound excitement,” says Brian Pertl, Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory. “She is one of the most important musical figures we’ve had in a number of years.”

As a recipient of five Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards, McDonald has been lauded across all genres of the singing world, but don’t let her star power intimidate you. While her master-class offers lifelong vocal students an expert learning opportunity, the concert will undoubtedly be “a great introduction to solo voice.”

Besides musical theater, McDonald’s versatile voice provides a plethora of pieces for a variety of musical palates. “Those who are nervous about a classical vocal concert needn’t be afraid,” says Pertl. The March 10 concert offers “a wonderful combination of an accessible program with one of the beautiful voices of our generation.” Something for everyone, including musically-minded minors with parents willing to brave the 8pm downbeat.

To reserve seats in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel call 832-6749 or visit the Lawrence University Box office.

—By Matt De Stasio

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