St. Louis Symphony Orchestra | The Music of Queen

Taking on the vocal range and sound of the iconic Freddie Mercury is no easy task, yet Brody Dolyniuk takes the part and runs with it.

Powell Hall, St. Louis

As the kings of symphonic rock, Queen was like no other band in history. Combining hard rock and symphonic music, they led the way when it came to rock opera. Vocalist Freddie Mercury possessed a four-octave vocal range, making their unique sound even more special. The band enjoyed innumerable hits, many charting across the world. Sadly, Mercury succumbed to AIDS in 1991, and his loss will be forever felt in the rock ’n’ roll world.

Now, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra embraces the beautiful songs made popular by the band and brings them new life. The Music of Queen is a great ride through the years down a musical highway. Taking the listener back and forth from the ’70s to the ’90s, the show is jam packed with hits.

Pianist and arranger Richard Carsey is currently the conductor for The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running musical in history on Broadway. As a member of Las Vegas band Yellow Brick Road, vocalist Brody Dolyniuk has spent his career making his bombastic performance show so large, it barely fits in casinos. Taking on the vocal range and sound of the iconic Freddie Mercury is no easy task, yet Dolyniuk takes the part and runs with it.

Opening with the hard-rock classic “Tie Your Mother Down,” the orchestra was in great form, playing these songs with superb style. On great tunes like “Killer Queen,” “The Game,” “I Want It All,” and, of course, “Another One Bites the Dust,” the orchestra swelled in all the right places. The commanding strings on “I Want It All” made the song even more dramatic. Also paying tribute to another lost icon, the band kicked into “Under Pressure,” a duet between Queen and David Bowie from the 1980s.

A most enjoyable evening of classic rock with a symphonic twist. | Marc Farr

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