HONORARY CHAIRS Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Philamena Baird
& EVENT CO-CHAIRS Regina Garcia and George Lancaster
Cordially Invite You To
An Intimate Evening with Audra McDonald
HONORING Minnette Boesel
& HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE COMMUNITY LEGACY AWARDEE Stephanie K. Smither
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7 p.m., Reception
Dinner and a performance by Audra McDonald, featuring songs from the Great American Songbook, to follow
Benefiting Houston Arts Alliance’s Arts & Business Council, Capacity Building programs, and other services that directly support Greater Houston area nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
Hotel ZaZa 5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
For more information, contact Fiona Cunningham at 713.581.6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT AUDRA MCDONALD
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. Gifted with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, Audra McDonald is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages. In fact, Audra made her opera debut in 2006 at Houston Grand Opera.
In 2014 she made Broadway history and became the Tony Awards’ most decorated performer when she won her sixth award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. In addition to setting the record for most competitive wins by an actor, Audra is the first and only person to receive awards in all four acting categories. Along with her Tony’s, Audra also has two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a long list of other accolades including five Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, and four NAACP Image Award nominations. Most recently Audra was awarded the National Medal of Arts presented by President Barak Obama.
On the concert stage, McDonald has sung with virtually every major American orchestra—including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.
From 2007 to 2011, she played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama, Private Practice. In 2013, her critically acclaimed performance as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s live telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music was watched by an estimated 18.5 million people across America.
SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE
Kleibert Estrada/Hotel ZaZa
Regina Garcia/Events Gifts
George Lancaster/HINES (graphic art team)
Darryl Murchison/Darryl & Co.
Ms. McDonald’s photo credit: Autumn de Wilde