Living St. Louis Presents St. Louis Symphony’s Performance Lift Every Voice

The Nine Network Broadcast Includes Hollywood Singer-Actress

and St. Louis Native Jenifer Lewis


St. Louis, MOFebruary 15, 2012—Jenifer Lewis, a St. Louis native and Webster University alumna who has over 60 films and 200 TV appearances to her credit, appears on Living St. Louis Special: Lift Every Voice, broadcast Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. The new, hour-long telecast of selections from the St. Louis Symphony’s February 10 Black History Month concert at Powell Hall features the Symphony’s IN UNISON Chorus directed by Kevin McBeth.

Living St. Louis Special: Lift Every Voice opens with Adolphus Hailstork’s Vivace from Symphony No. 1. Four numbers by the IN UNISON Chorus follow: “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Richard Smallwood’s “Procession of the Levites and Anthem of Praise.” Jenifer Lewis joins in for “As if We Never Said Goodbye” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Brandon Williams is the vocalist for selections from Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass. The Chorus sings the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” then Lewis returns with “I Know Where I’ve Been,” a number she sang in the Broadway production of Hairspray, and “Here’s to Life.”

“When you combine the full St. Louis Symphony and this huge choir on stage, it’s an incredible experience,” says Living St. Louis executive producer Patrick Murphy. “If you weren’t there, we give you the best seat in the house with this broadcast.”

Jenifer Lewis has performed in movies such as Cars, The Princess and the Frog, What’s Love Got to Do With It? and The Preacher’s Wife, in television shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Friends and Boston Legal, and on Broadway.

Living St. Louis is part of Nine’s ongoing coverage of the arts in St. Louis. Episodes of Living St. Louis are streamed online after broadcast at This episode of Living St. Louis and performing arts programming on the Nine Network are sponsored by PNC Bank.

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