The first half of the show featured just the Louisville Orchestra playing an assortment of Broadway show tunes and movie scores including the overture to West Side Story, a Frozen medley, and even John Williams’ score from the film E.T.
After intermission, Matthew Morrison took the stage at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall to sing songs from his latest album Where It All Began, which is a collection of staple songs from America’s past that includes jazz, show tunes, and more. He performed a West Side Story medley, “It Don’t Mean a Thing,”The Lady is a Tramp,”Send in the Clowns,” and so many more. Before he started singing “Younger Than Springtime” from South Pacific, he joked about having to perform the song shirtless at Lincoln Center. He explained that taking his shirt off for a performance in Lincoln Center was considered art, but, if he did it here, it’d just be another day at Kentucky Kingdom.
The orchestra, under the direction of conductor Bob Bernhardt, sounded amazing, and Morrison’s voice shined. Like a true professional vocalist, his voice was perfectly on pitch all the time – even while he was dancing! It was a real treat to hear his dulcet vocals in person. A charmer, Morrison involved the audience a few times by choosing a few lucky ladies to dedicate his songs to and to dance with.
Upcoming Louisville Orchestra events include a concert with Ben Folds in January and the rest of their pops series which will feature The Midtown Men, Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney, and Symphonic Swing with Five By Design. For more information about the Louisville Orchestra, click here. If last night was any indication of just how great the Louisville Orchestra is, I highly recommend checking out the rest of their pops series.
You can catch Matthew Morrison on the last season of Glee on Fox and starring in New York City’s Broadway production of Finding Neverland in the Spring of 2015. And, if you ever get the chance to see Morrison in concert, take it!