Liza Minnelli, the multi-award -winning star renowned for her performances on Broadway and in Hollywood films, will be the guest artist for the 15th annual Symphony at Salk – A Concert Under the Stars Aug. 28.
A four-time Tony Award winner, Minnelli will share the stage with the San Diego Symphony under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilkins, who returns to the Salk Institute's alfresco fundraiser for the sixth consecutive year.
An unforgettable singer and dancer with a career spanning more than 50 years, Minnelli most recently won critical acclaim – and her latest Tony Award – with her 2008 comeback Broadway performance in Liza's at the Palace.
Minnelli has been performing on stage since the age of 10. By the time Minnelli was 19, she landed the lead role in Flora, The Red Menace- the Broadway musical that garnered her first Tony. Her film career includes memorable roles in such movies as Charlie Bubbles, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon and Cabaret, the last earning her the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe and the British Film Academy Award.
She went on to star opposite Robert DeNiro in the musical New York, New York, directed by Martin Scorsese, and co-starred with Dudley Moore in the comedy Arthur and its sequel, Arthur 2. In 1997 Minnelli returned to the Broadway stage in Victor/Victoria before starring in Minnelli on Minnelli, a show that paid tribute to her father, the late film director Vicente Minnelli.
After a bout with encephalitis in 2000, she made a triumphant comeback two years later with the CD Liza's Back! and on television's Arrested Development. Today, Minnelli continues her music career with concert tours in the United States and Europe.