Musical America Names its Artists of the Year

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 - 10:30 AM

Audra McDonald performs in the Soundcheck studio. Audra McDonald performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

Audra McDonald has been named musician of the year by Musical America, the music industry publication. The five-time Tony-winning actress and singer received the award because "she cannot sing an emotionally wrong note," Sedgwick Clark, its longtime editor told WQXR. The publication also cited her "thoughtful and innovative contributions to the vitality of the artform."

McDonald, 43, will grace the cover of the 2014 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, an annual publication containing extensive listings and articles, plus an affiliated website, 

Musical America also announced that Pablo Heras-Casado, the principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, has been named its conductor of the year; Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient, was chosen instrumentalist of the year; the International Contemporary Ensemble was named ensemble of the year and George Benjamin, its composer of the year.

Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin has been an international hit since its premiere last year at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. On Tuesday night, Q2 Music will stream the work’s U.S. premiere, recorded at the Tanglewood Festival.

The Musical America honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony at Lincoln Center on Dec. 17.

Below: Audra McDonald performs on WNYC's Soundcheck:


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Comments [2]

Eric from New York, NY

Les - Audra did perform in that NY Phil concert, honoring Marvin Hamlisch, and also hosted (she's now host of the Live From Lincoln Center series).

Nov. 06 2013 03:28 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

Audra McDonald ha "serious music" credentials. She was most memorable in the 2007 Los Angeles Opera production of Weill's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" conducted by James Conlon. She was the host for a recent New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve concert and I wish "the powers that be" had asked to peform as well.

Nov. 06 2013 09:33 AM

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