Jane Lynch & the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra | 06.09.17

The Symphony provided a tranquil backdrop to Lynch’s vocal style.

Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis

Gracing the stage of St. Louis’s own Powell Symphony Hall, American star of stage and screen Jane Lynch wowed the crowd with her impressive vocal skill and quick wit. Singing selections from The Great American Songbook (and one Guatemalan love song), Lynch took the audience on a musical journey. Opening with “Hazy, Crazy Days of Sumer,” the Symphony provided a tranquil backdrop to Lynch’s vocal style.

Known best for her work on the popular television show Glee, as well as her hilarious roles in the films of Christopher Guest (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), Lynch is a well-rounded performer with a wide-ranged sense of humor. Musically, she proves her prowess on stage. She takes us back in time with her musical selections. Beloved songs like “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” “Miss Otis Regrets,” and a heartfelt version of “King of the Road” take the showgoer back to another time.

At age 56, Lynch shows no sign of slowing down. While not on a full-fledged tour, she is doing select dates across the country. The multitalented actress has won two Emmy Awards as host of Hollywood Game Night. She has starred in many a television show, including The X Files, Monk, Friends, and Two and 1/2 Men, to name a few.

Alongside Lynch on this excursion is Brad Ellis, the talented music director and conductor of several world-famous orchestras. Ellis starred alongside Lynch in Glee, playing the curiously silent piano player whom she murders in the final season. Other Ellis credits include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Gilmore Girls, and the 81st Academy Awards. A phenomenal pianist and musician, he directs Lynch’s performance with ease and grace.

Under the highly capable hands of new conductor Gemma New, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was in very fine form, making for a splendid evening. | Marc Farr

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