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Broadway superstar Audra McDonald will open the Sun Valley Symphony season

Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at a gala to benefit the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

McDonald is the only person to win all four acting Tonys in both musical and dramatic shows. She received her most recent award for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” a play with music about the life of Billie Holiday.

She also received two Grammy Awards for her work on the classical stage, for the best opera recording and one for the best classical album. She has performed with every major American orchestra.

Her next project is Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at the Williamstown Theater Festival with her husband Will Swenson, who currently is co-starring as Javert in “Les Miserables” on Broadway.

Tickets for McDonald’s performance go on sale March 18.

Gala prices range from $75 for lawn seating to $1,000 for VIP seating and a post-concert dinner with McDonald in attendance. The $250 and $500 tickets include a pre-concert cocktail reception.

This is the major fundraiser for the symphony that offers free concerts featuring some of the world's best musicians, classical and pops performers in the world from Aug. 4-19.

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