Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, More Star in PBS’ New Year’s Eve Concert United in Song

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Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, More Star in PBS’ New Year’s Eve Concert United in Song

The evening also features Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban, and Anna Deavere Smith.

United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America, which was filmed in front of a small, socially distanced audience at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, premieres December 31 at 8 PM ET on PBS with a rebroadcast that same evening at 9:30 PM ET.

The 90-minute special features Tony winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony nominees Renée Fleming, Anna Deavere Smith, and Josh Groban, Broadway and recording artist Morgan James, Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, opera star Soloman Howard, Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Juanes, Grammy winner Patti LaBelle, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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The evening also includes The American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Luke Frazier, and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestra JoAnn Falletta, as well as interviews with the artists by David M. Rubenstein.

READ: Checking In With… Grammy-Winning Opera Star and Carousel Tony Nominee Renée Fleming

“Music is a universal language and has the unique power of uniting us. I suspect the majority of us will be celebrating this New Year’s with an inability to gather in-person. Ringing in 2021 with music performed by world-class artists, provides an opportunity to celebrate what makes us American,” shared Rubenstein, co-executive producer of United in Song. “When George Washington was leaving office to return to Mount Vernon, he asked that we look to each other and find what we share in common as opposed to what makes us different. That advice appears to be just as relevant today as it was more than 200 years ago. I am sorry that George Washington was not here to greet these extraordinary artists, but I have no doubt that he was listening from above.”

The concert streams simultaneously at PBS.org and on the PBS Video App.

Celebrating 6-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald

Celebrating 6-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald

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                Eddie Korbich and Audra McDonald in <i>Carousel</i>, 1994</p>
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Eddie Korbich and Audra McDonald in Carousel, 1994

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                Audra McDonald and cast in <i>Carousel</i>, 1994</p>
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Audra McDonald and Fisher Stevens in Carousel, 1994

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                Audra McDonald, 1994 Tony Win for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, <i>Carousel</i></p>
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Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald in Master Class, 1995

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Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime, 1998

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                Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Ragtime</i>, 1998</p>
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Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime, 1998


(Updated December 31, 2020)

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