Helen Weltch Plays Walden
Join us Friday August 20th for an evening with Helen Welch and her trio from 8pm to 11pm in the Bogey Bar. She is a dynamic singer and performer bubbling with swing, charisma and oceans of personal charm. She will be sure to take you on a magical musical journey.
It will be a busy evening, so make your dinner reservations early by calling the Club at 330 995 3111 or make them online at www.yourwalden.com
Below are some highlights of this dynamic entertainer.
Helen Welch Career Highlights
- 1990-1996: Helen’s professional career gets off to a running start when she stars in a string of popular musicals including Hello Dolly!, Barnum, 42nd Street, Oliver Twist, Calamity Jane, Show Boat, and Carousel.
- 1996: After beating-out over 800 vocalists in a singing competition, Helen joins the Broadway cast of the smash-hit Leiber and Stoller musical Smokey Joe’s Café at the Virginia Theater, New York.
- 1997-2003: Helen sings with some of Britain’s leading orchestras including the BBC Big Band, Opus One and Glen Miller Europe.
- 2002-2003: Helen tours England with celebrated British singer Gary Williams and legendary BBC radio announcer David Jacobs in Legend of Sinatra, a musical tribute.
- July 2003: After auditioning for Nighttown (one of Down Beat Magazine’s 100 Best Jazz Clubs in the world), Helen is offered a Saturday-night residency. Helen continues to perform at Nighttown having been there for five years.
- November 2003: Helen makes her debut performance with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center, one of the country’s largest, most-respected performing arts centers.
- December 2004: Release of Nice n’ Welch, a CD featuring Helen Welch and popular British jazz group, the Nice Trio.
- 2005: Helen produces and performs the ongoing pre-show at Akron, Ohio’s Carousel Dinner Theatre, one of the area’s premiere venues.
- September 2005: Helen wrote, produced and starred in Fever, a salute to legendary female vocalists of the past 50 years including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James and more.
- 2006: Helen writes, produces, directs and stars in a series of four shows under the umbrella title of Magical Nights: Swingin’ on Broadway, Movie Magic, Fever II and Jingle Bell Swing.
- November 2006: Release of Helen’s debut solo CD One Dream which features her quartet and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Helen received personal permission from Rosemary Riddle of the Nelson Riddle Estate to use the original arrangement of Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart on the CD. The release was celebrated with a concert and party at the legendary Cleveland Playhouse.
- December 2006: The Playhouse Square Center debut of Jingle Bell Swing receives enthusiastic audience reception. Written, produced, directed by and starring Helen, the show features an 11-piece band and the 40-member Walsh Jesuit show choir.
- March 2007: Helen performs at the Packard Music Hall with Steinway artist Joe Augustine.
- April 2007: Debut at world-renowned Severance Hall with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, in a concert entitled Side by Side.
- May 2007: Helen and her quartet debuts their new show in the Cleveland Playhouse Fusion Festival. Entitled A Little Brit Different, the show combines Helen’s original material with that of some of favorite influences including Karen Carpenter, Ella Fitzgerald and more.
- June 2007: Helen and her trio perform her cabaret for the Great Lakes Theatre Festival at the Allen Theater in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.
- July 2007: Columbus, Ohio performance debut— first with her quartet, and then in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra Summer Series on August 17th.
- July 2007: Blossom Music Festival debut. Helen performed a Gershwin programme with the Blossom Festival Orchestra and conductor Loras Schissel.
- August 2007: Helen’s debut concert with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
- Nov 2007: Helen headlines with the Kent State Orchestra at the Kent Stage theatre.
- Nov 2007: Akron Civic Theatre debut with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.
- Dec 7, 8, & 9, 2007: Helen performs Jingle Bell Swing at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.
- Dec 2007: Jingle Bell Swing returns to Playhouse Square Center’s Palace Theatre and debuts at the Akron Civic Theatre
- Feb 14, 2008: Helen debuts at The Stocker Arts Center in Elyria with her Valentine Cabaret entitled, ‘The Look of Love’.
- May 10, 2008: Helen returns to Columbus, Ohio with her trio for a performance to benefit ‘Art For Life’.
- July 6, 2008: Helen’s debut concert with the Akron Symphony Orchestra at Lock 3 Live.
- July 2008: Helen performs at the Chautauqua Amphitheatre, New York State with the Dave Stevens Big Band.
- August: Helen joins the Bemus Pops Symphony on the floating stage at Bemus Point.
- Oct 15th 2008: Helen debuts at the Southern Theatre Columbus in a 6 night show entitled ‘the Roaring 20’s’ with the Columbus Jazz orchestra.
- Dec 2008: Jingle Bell Swing returns for seven performances including The Warner Theatre, Erie PA, the Akron Civic Theatre and the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren PA.
- Jan 2009: Helen is names as a finalist in the Singers category in the Cleveland Music awards 2009.
- Feb 2009: Helen returns to Stocker Arts Center, Elyria Ohio for two performances of her show ‘Divas!’ celebrating the first ladies of song.
- Feb 27th 2009: Helen headlines at Lakeland Jazz Festival with her quartet and special guest Jack Schantz.
- April 5th 2009: Helen debuts with the Packard Concert Band at the Packard Music Hall in Warren Ohio.
- July 12 2009: Helen debuts with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra and Musical Director Arie Lipsky.
- August 2009: Helen and her quartet perform the show ‘Divas!’ at the Guy C Myers Memorial Band Shell in Ashland Ohio.