Violinist Lynnette Thredgold is a true entertainer who has the ability to share the beauty and energy of her music with her audience. Her music reflects passion and emotion with a unique style. Classically trained, Lynnette stretches the boundaries of the violin. Pop, blues, jazz, classical, and a “taste of country” are all a part of her show.
Her work with diverse artists — including Mannheim Steamroller, The Moody Blues, Mel Torme, Bill Cosby, Debbie Reynolds, Wayne Newton, Josh Groban, and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page — influenced her to stretch the boundaries of the violin and music. In 1995, Lynnette began performing her own show with backup artists on piano, bass, drum, sax, harp, and flute, including Jed Moss, pianist formerly with Air Supply. Lynnette’s three CDs, Amazing Grace, Cool Energy, and Dancing with the Red Priest, were all were co-produced by Mannheim Steamroller’s Chuck Penington.
Her other interests have included bodybuilding and pro wrestling. She has been a world-class competitive natural bodybuilder earning several titles including U.S. National Masters Champion in 1999. Lynnette was also cast as Phantom in the nationally televised Women of Wrestling in 2000.
What People are Saying About Lynnette
Your presence at the First International Conference of the French Professional Speakers Association organized in Paris on 11-12 March 2009 was a huge success. The energy and enthusiasm of your musical performance captured the audience and left them wanting more. Your participation added a new dimension to the conference and provided our audience with an imaginative and unique performance by an exceptional artist.
— French Professional Speakers Association
Your ability to showcase the violin and take it to new limits is remarkable. As one patron emailed to me following the show, “thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing Lynnette. She was amazing.” It was no surprise that the audience was on their feet by the end of the night. You truly have a unique gift.
— Davis Arts Council’s “Summer Nights with the Stars” 2008 Concert Series
Your music had such an energy and a unique edge that everyone at the party was in complete awe. The key executives at TREK, and many, many customers, told me that this was the best party and entertainment ever put on by TREK! Thanks again Lynnette for a spectacular and flawless performance!
— TREK Diagnostic Systems, Inc.
Many patrons commented on what a great “show-woman” you are. Your show would be enjoyable for anyone who loves music whether it be pop, jazz, blues, or classical. Even an audience with different musical interests would still give you a standing ovation.
— Palmdale Playhouse
Two years back to back, your performance has been fabulous. Any meeting planner would be quite pleased with both your energy and performance results—everyone loves hearing you make magical music. And, the way you connect with your audience is mesmerizing.
— Rigsbee Research
Your performance was absolutely electrifying.
— Ogden Medical-Surgical Society
We heard from many that they physically felt a range of emotions through your music; and your lively personality resonated with the audience! Your gifted artistry was enjoyed by everyone—the varied selections giving us a taste of the light-hearted to the spiritual!
— Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Idaho
The music provided at the picnic in the park was perfect for our audience. It was impressive how the youth were included in one of the numbers.
— Association of Idaho Cities
Thank you for a most enjoyable evening at our Annual MountainStar Healthcare Leadership Retreat. Lynnette’s high energy and skillful music performance set a tone for our meeting.
— MountainStar Healthcare
I really do not know what to say as I am at a loss for words but the Pioneer Theatre Guild was truly fortunate to have had you entertain at our recent Tea. I personally was in awe with your outstanding performance. Everyone there enjoyed your music and my daughter said that some of your music “brought her to tears”. We will not soon forget your performance.
— Pioneer Theatre Guild
Lynnette is a gifted performer and supplied our evening event the balance we were looking for.
— WLA Investments
A Message from Lynnette
A lot of people have asked me how I got started recording. I had the opportunity to play with Mannheim Steamroller numerous times earlier in my career. When Chuck Penington became their orchestra director a number of years ago, we became very good friends.
During casual chitchat, he asked me what I really wanted to achieve. Naturally, I said I wanted to be “the star” on stage. As I laughed out loud, he became serious and said, “Go for it!” I told him (only half-seriously) to write me a piece and I would try. The very next day he showed up with the violin part to “Minor Celt” (Cool Energy). It was then I realized he meant business.
Over the last decade and a half, Chuck and I have co-produced three recordings, Amazing Grace, Cool Energy, and Dancing with the Red Priest. I owe him a debt of gratitude for inspiring me to take on this challenge and fulfill a dream.
Many thanks also go to numerous composers and musicians for their significant contributions to these CDs. In particular, I am indebted to three great friends and talented professionals—Alden Terry, Jeffrey Price, and Jed Moss—for their help in crafting these recordings.
I hope you enjoy this music as much as I enjoyed creating it.
“Lynnette’s artistry and these wonderful compositions… such a pleasure to produce.”
— Chuck Penington, Mannheim Steamroller